I found the programme very enjoyable. All workshops and sessions were interactive, fun and rewarding. As a whole, the programme was well structured and organised. It certainly made me consider applying for future programmes at the firm. In particular the workshops were more enjoyable than the talks as they were interactive.
I felt very valued by the firm due to the emphasis on intern enjoyment and experience. I felt that professionals cared deeply that we learnt something new during the programme and came away considering their firm as a future career prospect. In particular, the focus on the 'pipeline' scheme made attendees feel they were could potentially, one day, become a UBS employee!
The talks were designed to enable interns to learn as much as possible about the professional's division or business area. This will certainly help guide me in my future career decision-making. During workshops, the professionals were highly attentive and helpful. At the networking event, there was also an opportunity to meet professionals and receive one-to-one advice.
The information I received will help direct my studies towards a relevant and enjoyable career at the end. Having participated at this programme at UBS, I feel I now know which business area to focus on and learn more about. Although the programme was not relevant to my degree subject, Politics, it was certainly help direct my time at university towards a more relevant area of banking.
Each session business area was explored with a talk from a senior professional and then workshops carried out by junior professionals. This was incredibly useful as I was able to gain a clear insight into all business areas. Talks were not excessively long and were well-balanced by all the workshops
The atmosphere was friendly, professional and collegial. This meant that the sessions were not excessively formal, but still able to equip attendees with the skills necessary to work in a professional environment. All professionals were friendly and helpful. Whilst there were clear professional expectations, these served to help students better understand what life in banking is like.
I felt the company ensured that very senior professionals gave talks. This meant that we were being taught by highly skilled, highly experienced business professionals. Moreover, workshops were designed ensure we gained indirect experience in the relevant division. This was very useful and allowed me to better understand the different business areas.
In particular, the workshops allowed to not only better understand working at UBS, but also made me want to work there more! Whilst attendees did not tour any offices at all, which was disappointing, I felt that the professionals running the programme made a real effort to give us an insight into the workings of UBS.
From visiting UBS, I could see the collegial, friendly and professional culture at the firm. Talks, workshops and networking events all clearly demonstrated the firms strength in this regard. The insight programme enabled attendees to understand the unique culture of UBS and decide whether this fitted with their own personal career ambitions.
The benefit of this was twofold. First, the attendees gained a real insight into life at UBS. This allowed us to understand whether we would like to work at the firm and whether to pursue future placements in the summer or as an industrial placement. Second, attendees gained a real insight into all business areas, which was very beneficial.
UBS provided free accommodation and travel expenses, despite living within the home counties. Breakfast was also included at the hotel every morning. At lunch, we were provided with a buffet too. Whilst attendees had to find dinner for themselves, on the final day food was provided during the networking event.
On the final day, attendees were able to mingle with professionals from various stages of the programme. This provided a refreshing and informal environment to meet and discuss various areas of banking (or not about banking at all!) with professionals. We were also able to network extensively with other attendees, which was enjoyable.
As lunch was provided onsite, we were able to socialise with other attendees everyday. It would have been better to have more opportunities meet professionals in the evening, as many attendees had to leave early on the last day. However, for a shorter programme the networking opportunities were still fantastic.
We were given a tour of the communal spaces at UBS and I found these very appealing. We looked round the gym and cafeteria areas, both of which were very impressive! We also discussed at length the social side of working at UBS, which many employees found a very enjoyable aspect of banking.
Absolutely. I think this insight has equip me with the skills to perform better during a summer internship. Moreover, I have gained a real insight into working in a bank. I feel I now have a real insight into a variety of business areas, which will enable me to better direct my future career decision-making