1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
There's such a range of activities that you are always busy and stimulated.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Almost everyone is absolutely lovely, and care what you have to say.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The work was fairly independent, but I had support when I needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I am busy but very rarely overwhelmed - there's lots of different things to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There's lots of responsibility we can't be given in a sensitive environment, but we were given autonomy on tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Balancing so many different things and working fairly long hours will be useful at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The trading floor is an amazing environment to be working in - there's so much going on all the time and so many people you can go and talk to about lots of different things. It was a very exciting place to be working, and everyone is very busy all the time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship is amazingly well organised - we are told about everything we need to know well in advance, there's comprehensive training and a huge variety of different events throughout the time to ensure we are mixing with the other interns and still learning general things about the business as well as doing desk work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There's lots of different tasks designed to develop your skills, even skills that you may not use in a single particular role - we all improve our public speaking and sales skills, and we all develop trade ideas and use PnL sheets even if we aren't going into that particular area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to receive a job offer from UBS - I think it's a great company and certainly somewhere that I want to work for my career. They genuinely care about their employees and develop you as a person as well as as a professional. I think it would be a perfect place to come for graduate training.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The interns are all very friendly and we regularly socialise together outside of work. The internship also organises a few events for us to socialise with the other interns at which are always good fun. There are lots of interns, but I am close to the ones on my floor and spend time with them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's an expensive area to live and eat and socialise - but that's to be expected in the centre of London, and we are paid enough to be able to afford it, although being paid at the end of a month of work makes it difficult to survive the first month.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The centre of London is obviously a good place for whatever kind of nightlife you feel like experiencing. There's lots of bars and pubs close to the office but clubs are in different areas I think. It's a very fun place to be for work and for after work finishes too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
You can make time for activities if you want to but you have to be careful with how you manage your time. It's definitely possible to do evening activities every day, you just then can't afford to waste time on other things. There are also lots of events at the office to get involved with.