1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This internship allowed me to get involved with several projects from day 1 and contribute new ideas. The projects were meaningful and my contribution was appreciated. Everyone who I reached out too were friendly/ helpful and often made time in order to meet to discuss their roles within their division.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My contribution was definitely valued by my colleagues. Once my colleagues knew that I could complete tasks in a timely and precise manner I was trusted to take on more work. This allowed me to gauge a greater understanding of every ones individual role within the team. Every member within the team was welcoming.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager ensured we had a meeting set up each week so I could update him on my progress and raise any comments I had throughout my internship. Despite a weekly meeting set up I could approach him at any time with any query's or struggles I was having at the time.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Colleagues understand that multiple people within the team will give you projects to do. Therefore it is important to be transparent with your workload and time frames. This allows you to be busy but not overworked. UBS additionally set up lots of speaker sessions which allowed you to learn more about the bank.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The responsibility I received increased throughout my time at UBS. By the end of the internship I was given tasks where colleagues did not feel they had to keep checking in and trusted that the work I was doing was correct and accurate after I was briefed about the task.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training we received in the first week of our internship was very useful. We were given all the training needed to complete tasks at UBS to the highest standard. Training ranged from excel to how to approach new ideas in the workplace. These skills will be very useful in future studies as I feel my productivity has increased.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere within the office was always a welcoming and a helpful environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up and co ordinated very well. From week one to week 9, meetings were set up in order for us to meet relevant people within the business area to hearing a Para Olympian speak about her experiences. HR set up all these meetings with plenty of notice.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested in every intern in order to give them the skill set required to carry out day to day tasks within UBS. Every intern filled out a goal setting form at the start of their internship and re assessed themselves at the midway point which involved a discussion with your line manager.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The internship is a pipeline into the graduate talent program. On your final day of the internship you get told whether you will be accepted into the graduate scheme. Feedback will also be received in this exit meeting with HR and your line manager. If you perform well employment prospects within UBS are high.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
UBS organises three social events throughout the 9 week internship. One on your first day, a midpoint social and a leavers social. Aside from this all the other interns are very social able and often meet after work or on weekends. Interns across all divisions are very sociable and friendly
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was able to commute from home to work everyday therefore did not need to pay for accommodation. The tube fare was my largest expense as travel was in peak hours. London definitely isn't cheap however nearby places for lunch were reasonably priced. The cost of socialising is the expected price for London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London nightlife is busy.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
UBS organised a sit down volleyball tournament to raise awareness for disabilities. Everyone who worked at UBS was eligible to take part. A dodge ball tournament also took place. Additional to this an intern dodge ball tournament has been organised. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with outside work.