spring intern at UBS

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
london Central London and City
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Banking - Commercial Banking - Investment

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was an interesting experience as I was able to learn more about UBS and it’s business areas, as well as it’s culture and workplace ethics, through a jam packed programme filled with presentations, workshops, case studies and networking sessions. It was an exciting opportunity to learn more about the firm through the insight programme.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Networking sessions were frequent throughout the programme and many current UBS employees were invited to attend and speak with us. They offered extremely useful advice and helped to clear up misunderstandings or speak more about how they enjoyed their time at UBS. It was definitely great to interact with them.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

During workshops, the business divisions were all extremely willing to share their knowledge and help us out whenever we had misunderstandings or issues. We were also working on a project throughout the entire duration of the programme and the UBS business areas were all more than willing to offer their insights and suggestions.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I found that the presentations by the different business divisions were really helpful as they provided overviews of their lines of work down to the nitty gritty details answered during Question and Answer sessions. The workshops and case studies were also extremely fascinating as they explained core concepts such as IPO (CCS) and trading (ICS) using actual examples from their previous deals.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight programme, whilst short as it was only three days long, was jam packed with events ranging from presentations with Question and Answer sessions to case studies and workshops to networking sessions. The great variety of events at the programme covered a large part of the businesses that UBS is involved in and certainly helped me to understand the firm and its culture much better.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere at the insight programme was fantastic. All of my peers were as interested as I was in the banking and finance sector, resulting in many interesting discussions and chats at breakfasts and networking sessions. I also appreciated the diversity of the candidates as it made the whole programme feel more exciting.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The insight programme was more focused on introducing candidates to the firm, rather than imbuing a lot of technical skills in us. Nevertheless, presentations, case studies and workshops were all extremely useful because they covered basic concepts before building them up to create an example deal for us to follow and understand. Some of the technicals were slightly difficult to catch on, especially for candidates who did not come from Business and Economics backgrounds.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The networking sessions with current employees from various different UBS divisions were very interactive. They spoke to us about how it was like to work at UBS full time and were completely genuine in their answers. It was great to hear from them about what they found was most satisfying about their jobs, as well as the challenges they faced and how they strove to tackle them.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The UBS culture of honesty and collaboration definitely shone throughout all of the events in the insight programme. The Q&A sessions with graduates were also really helpful for candidates to understand the culture at UBS and how they adjusted to it when they first started out. I also enjoyed learning more about the existing ‘flat structure’ at UBS.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The insight programme at UBS definitely gave me better understandings of the culture at the workplace as well as the different business areas. It certainly allowed me to think more deeply about the type of culture that I look for in my future employment.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I can be reimbursed for my travel fees throughout the programme.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were many networking opportunities spread out across the duration of the programme.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The different business areas were all extremely helpful and amicable during networking sessions.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

UBS has an extremely strong volunteer network.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

It was a great and fulfilling experience for me overall as I learnt more about UBS and the finance industry.