1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It's a very challenging and stimulating experience. I am learning a lot both in my current role and by shadowing and meeting people in different teams. Everybody is very helpful and the work environment is focused on excellence, without being toxically competitive. I feel I have responsibilities and I am treated as a true employee.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel valued as I have been given responsibilities and I am autonomous in my work. Everybody is willing to help and provides me with explanations about what I don't know. The hierarchical structure is very flat and us interns are treated well and given consideration also by very senior people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was left much free, which is good as I had the freedom to organize my work as I prefer. I was left with no very specific guidance about the projects, but this is something maybe also done to put myself to the test. Probably a more frequent catch-up on projects than half an hour per week would have been useful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I am busy, but also left with time to organize my work as I like. This has allowed me to set up many meetings and see things different from what I am currently doing. If I hadn't done this by myself, however, I could have been left with significant spare time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Significant responsibility, from the very first day, I was asked to send mails to people I don't know, contact senior management and coordinate projects. Actually, this was one of the best parts of my internship and it made me feel valued and that my work was appreciated. I didn't feel as a temporary employee.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think I grew up a lot both professionally and personally. I became much more quick in completing my tasks, I learned to meet deadlines timely and precisely, I learned to organize my work autonomously. This will certainly help me in the continuation of my studies next year in Paris.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office is very nice, everybody is very friendly and willing to help. People are particularly busy and sometimes they cannot answer all of my questions but I definitely understand it and what I do is noting down questions for moments in which I will be more free.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well: it is an extremely structured program, which permit to get a very good understanding of how a global bank works and is organized. I would perhaps just suggest organizing more networking events with employees, in order to increase our chances to get to know people outside our team.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think it does quite a lot: during the induction week, we were provided with some very good training sessions about the company, Excel, professional behavior and finance related topics. Also many speaker series sessions were organized during the internship to allow us to get a better understanding of the different possibilities in the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
they are very appealing, as the grad scheme is a very good opportunity to see different options inside a division and grow professionally and personally. Also it is a secure job, with good salary and excellent growth opportunities. The work environment at UBS is excellent and this is a reason why I would really like to stay.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Shoreditch is one of the best areas in London to party and hang out during the night. However, London is full of opportunities even for nightlife and I have had the chance to experience some of this along with the other interns during the weekend. A great deal of fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?