I really enjoyed my time at UBS, the work was varied and interesting. Even when doing more admin heavy tasks it was made clear to me why I was doing it. I did not feel I was doing 'busy work'. The people were friendly and the other interns were good fun.
I was genuinely shocked, and impressed by how nice everyone was here. People took time out of their day to introduce themselves and were friendly and fun. You are not made to feel as if you are at the bottom of the pecking order and made treated like the tea boy.
Generally people were really good at giving support, feedback was regular and detailed. However I was unlucky as many of my managers were away so I was left a little bit in the lurch on occasions. This is not really anyone's fault just unfortunate. In addition you are not really given much guidance in terms of how the programme is judged and how best to convert in anything other than vague and clichéd aphorisms.
As a rule I was not over worked, I did not have to stay too late or stress about hitting deadlines. I was busy but generally the balance was spot on. The days were long and full but when I left the office I could switch off. Weekends were my own.
I was not given a massive amount of responsibility during the internship however that is understandable as interns obviously are not able to do some tasks. However, where possible I was able to get involved with projects often in fairly meaningful and enjoyable way. I think I could have taken on more responsibility.
The skills learnt here will, I hope be really useful moving forward. I have improved knowledge but also improved my soft skills such as presentation and teamwork. Working consistently long hours with early starts in the morning make uni work and a 9 to 5 job both appear much less taxing in retrospect. The ability to manage time and be constantly on the go and thinking is a very useful skill.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance
20th August 2018