1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship has been thoroughly enjoyable overall, incorporating a number of varied and challenging exercises alongside stimulating desk work and personal research. Taking part in the trading game in particular was a fun and engaging experience, giving us both a team and individual perspective on managing a portfolio with 'real' consequences of our choices.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
One of the best features of the internship was the constant workload it provided, making every day challenging and an opportunity to learn. By mixing longer term projects and exercises with day to day desk work and research tasks, there hasn't been a single day without an adequate volume of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Despite the strict regulations involved with the finance industry, and resultant scarcity of client-facing tasks I expected during the internship, I was pleasantly surprised with the responsibility I have been given. I have been allocated a number of tasks that have immediate impact every day and have particularly enjoyed these.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Regardless of the final outcome of the hiring choices, the internship has provided invaluable insight into working in an investment bank or finance in general. Beyond this, the day to day work and exercises have been an amazing opportunity to learn not just about trading but also best practices in the workplace and relationship management.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is generally very friendly, varying both between teams and business areas on the trading floor. It is very important for interns to find the work environment they feel at home in, however this can be difficult alongside pursuing the business area they are most interested in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship has been extremely well organised throughout, with every colleague involved in the process fully aware of the point and logistics of each exercise, as well as eager to learn and improve based on our experiences. There hasn't been a single organisational hiccup or interruption besides occasional IT issues, and HR has been approachable and helpful throughout.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Whilst there have been few opportunities to pursue formal training during the internship, this is understandable given the qualifications required in the industry and length of preparation required. From a development and learning standpoint however, colleagues have encouraged and actively sought out chances for us to learn and stay involved.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It has been abundantly clear right from the application process that UBS is very serious about investing in graduate talent, and finding the right employees for the business. I am confident that if I were to receive an offer for full-time employment it would be a fantastic opportunity for both personal and business growth.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
From the beginning of the internship, social activities within the internship cohort have been both organised internally and encouraged externally. Almost all colleagues understand the strenuous work load that the internship involves, and actively encourage we take adequate time for ourselves, maintain a healthy work life balance and get to know each other outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is a holistically expensive city to live in, translating especially into food and living costs during the internship. Whilst UBS suggest and help organise relatively cheap accommodation near to the office, these rooms are not ensuite. It is definitely an advantage to have studied or live in London to have accommodation already established.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?