I enjoyed it very much. Investment banking allows you to push your boundaries and learn a lot in a condensed period of time. It can be tough and the levels of expectation are high, but you are working with some incredibly intelligent people who want to push you as far as you can go.
Initially, it is all about proving yourself to those around you, making sure that they can trust your work. Once you have a better understanding of how the business works, it is really easy to kick on and get involved in a variety of different projects and business opportunities. Very pleased with my experience.
We had a Graduate Training Liason, and also several HR contacts. Throughout the internship, we had an initial, mid and end of term review- as well as other feedback throughout. We could voice any concerns we had, and the support was great. Personally, I had no issue wtih support levels, but I was aware that others did.
I did undertake much training, but I was taught how to use Microsoft correctly as well as being taught how to correctly use some reporting tools, this was really useful, as I was able to then apply this during future internships that I completed and other employers were very impressed with this. I feel that the communication skills that I developed were probably the most key.
My internship was very well organised. I met with HR at the beginning and then my manager soon after to discuss what I wanted to gain from the experience. This was really useful for me, as I came into the industry not knowing that much about engineering or business improvement. This is a really well managed company with fantastic senior level staff who are more than happy to help.
Great atmosphere within the office and on the trading floor. Quite a close knit group who had been working together for a long time and therefore were happy to talk and be social in the office. Because it is banking, it is quite male dominated with a number of the team being males. However, you can tell that UBS is investing in diversity, with young graduates from all walks of life beginning to work for the firm.
We received detailed training and trading sessions in the first introduction week. This was mainly financial markets, excel, and soft skills. There is a large focus about on the job training and learning through experience. There was definitely a focus on our development and this was furthered through consistent feedback and points we could develop. Overall very happy.
I would love to return to UBS. It is a firm with so many opportunities within, and so much flexibility that you would not need to go anywhere else in a whole career. Also I met good friends who were also interns so it would be cool to work with them and continue the fun into the future.
Paid very well
Lots of opportunities for networking. Its really important to get your name out there so people are aware of who you are and they will consider you. You can be very competent, but if people dont know who you are, you will struggle to get a job at UBS and develop your career.
Lots of things going on. Enabled you to meet the other interns, grads and wider business community. Its also one of the key opportunities that you will have to try and guarantee yourself a post internship role. Always remember who you are talking to, what they do and the impression you can leave on them.
Definitely would recommend