1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This was an amazing experience. A lot of credit has to go to the people I was surrounded by. Despite being an intern, I felt like I was seen by my team as though I was a permanent employee. This really helped my ability to interact with my team mates and also made asking for help easier.
It has been a really enjoyable experience and I have engaged in various social activities outside of work with my team and other interns. These really played a role in getting to know people beyond their role.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Despite being an intern, I sincerely felt like my input was valued by my team. They were also very trusting. I was trusted to complete major projects despite feeling like my technical skills were not enough to carry out the tasks, my team mates believed in me and my ability to figure it out. Whether that required me to learn a query language or spend some time brushing up on my current technical skills.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support throughout my time at UBS. It was comforting to know that when needed I could reach out to anyone for help and support. When I found myself in situations where the first person I approached was busy, they did not hesitate to signpost me to someone who was less busy.
It was also very beneficial to have access to people who were on the graduate programme as they played a key role in supporting me through things and putting me at ease when I may have been struggling.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had 2 major projects throughout my time. This kept me very occupied! Outside of this I had smaller tasks to carry out. The only times I had 'free time' was when I was waiting for access or approval for things.
But in general, on a daily basis I was fairly busy juggling multiple projects at once in some cases, but the level of work I had at any given time was manageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a lot of responsibility, especially for my major projects.
In my first week I was given my first project, which I was informed was very important. Despite this project being a huge responsibility to manage, I was given the freedom and agency to try new things and essentially take ownership of it which made the project very enjoyable.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In terms of skill development, this experience was amazing. As a history student, I came into this technology role with minimum technical skills. Although I had some experience in development prior to my internship, I quickly realised that I had to be constantly learning because there was so much I didn't know. within the first week I was in a better place than I started.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
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?
It's London, cheap doesn't exist here. However, there are ways around it.
Going to bars like All bar One who have a long happy hour, shopping at your closest Lidl or Aldi, using the company discounts!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
So many opportunities that you cant simply do it all.