To deactivate clients through a controlled front to back process on behalf of the bank.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship at UBS. I managed to learn loads throughout the 9 week period and quite importantly, I was able to network with a range of different people. The environment was very friendly and the facilities at UBS are brilliant, right from the gym, to the agile working desks and focus rooms.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by most of my colleagues during my time at UBS. They gave me responsibility and made sure they were available if I had any questions, no matter if they sounded slightly repetitive, they were always willing to help me progress and assist me with tasks, I feel this is really important in any work environment.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The management and supervisors gave me plenty of support and guidance which gave me a good indication as to how I was doing. I was able to schedule weekly meetings with three key people within the management and the junior talent as well as HR team scheduled meetings for us to track our own progress. Even MD's were happy to catch up and give me tips that were key towards my development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a day to day basis, I was given BAU tasks to complete, as well as side projects set by the Junior Talent coordinator. We were also free to set up our own meetings for our development and we could even shadow at other desks if we had a particular interest.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given plenty of responsibility, from ensuring weekly meetings went smoothly and according to time, right up to developing and managing projects that would streamline the process and improve the BAU tasks within the team. A lot of the time, we would manage our own day to day tasks which was positively challenging.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed will most certainly help me in the future, as I am writing this now, I have plenty of tasks to complete at work and this is where time management is really important. I also feel that the Microsoft Office skills I have developed will help me in my working future and in my studies as it has helped me work a lot faster and more effectively.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was positive, the nature was collaborative and everyone seemed to carry out their job with high integrity. Everyone in the workplace was honest and people were willing to help each other even to the extent of personal development. The atmosphere was dynamic and this is really essential in a work place. People brought in sweets and snacks to share and we were quite close together in terms of collaborating.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up very well and followed a very good structure. From the moment I stepped in, the management knew the schedule and allocated us buddies just in case we needed feedback or any tips on day to day tasks. My buddy was really friendly and was very empathetic as he was an intern too. The management always knew what was going on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested in me greatly to help me towards my personal training and development. I was put on an excel training course which helped me greatly with VLookups and pivot tables, we were also given talks by managing directors within the company which helped me develop mentally through some of the messages that were communicated.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are very appealing. If you are successful, you are placed onto a graduate program which has a very specific structure and allows for rotations within the business area. The Junior Talent team are constantly working to improve the experience and prospects so I am excited for the future of UBS.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The cost of living and socializing wasn't too bad at all. For a pint of beer, the going price was around £5.50 which seemed reasonable and Broadgate Circle was extremely lively, especially on the hot days, there were plenty of bars and clubs in the area, and the building is a 10 minute walk from Shoreditch. The placement students were very lively as well as the summer interns and we all made the experience really good for ourselves. Plenty of people had really good interpersonal skills.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socializing wasn't too bad at all. For a pint of beer, the going price was around £5.50 which seemed reasonable and Broadgate Circle was extremely lively, especially on the hot days, there were plenty of bars and clubs in the area, and the building is a 10 minute walk from Shoreditch.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was brilliant, there were rooftop bars and clubs nearby within walking distance so you could always visit one of those after work. There were other banks close by which had plenty people in our age range to enjoy the nightlife with. Broadgate circle in particular was really fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were plenty of opportunities to get involved in. There were gym classes set up by individuals and there was an egg hunt that took place too. The company also offers two days per year to do charity work, so I would recommend getting involved with that too. There are never ending opportunities for activities here.