1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Amazing experience, lots of training and learning involved. We had a lot of opportunities as interns with UBS as part of the programme for personal development and many others. Full-time employees embraced us and were willing to help and share with you their personal experience working in UBS, the financial sector and not only.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues quickly embrace the new joiners and introduce them to the collaborative culture. All the work you produce is valued and you're encouraged throughout the entire process. People are willing to take time out of their day to help you, explain tasks and aid you to pursue your personal goals as well. Not only that, you become part of the team and you're encouraged to participate in socials and different activities the team is involved in.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and my technical mentor took as much time as needed to help me understand the tasks and be able to finalise the work afterwards. Alongside that, we had weekly meeting where we discussed progress overall and address any of my issues and concerned. They took into my consideration my needs and goals, my knowledge level and my weaknesses as well and tailored my time here to ensure I'm happy about what I do, as well as doing good work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was a good balance in terms of workload. Most importantly, to maintain a good life-work balance, I wasn't asked to work long hours and had some flexibility as long as I delivered my work. This has made for a very pleasant experience. I wasn't burdened with loads of work, but my team has made sure I have an impact with what I do and actually do meaningful work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As part of a development team, my work was aligned with my team's work, with a focus on the work prioritised for this period of time. I was given enough responsibility to feel part of the team and that I have an impact of the final outcome, but no so much that it became a burden. Overall, good balance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The learning I've done as part of my internship was both technical and personal development. This included training about the financial sector, technical skills to aid me in my day-to-day job and lastly, soft-skills such like communication, confidence with presenting and public speaking, etc. I believe what I learned in my internship will aid me in both the remaining year of my studies in particular, as well as in life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very pleasant. Everyone is welcoming and encouraging collaboration, eager to meet you and learn a bit about you. They are willing to answer any questions you have and advise you with anything they can. I love the people on my floor because they always bring sweet for everyone to share!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised in terms of events planned and trainings and opportunities to get involved. The organisers really made an effort to address our issues as well throughout the internship. The only point that can be improved is feedback, as it hasn't been always provided to us, and I believe it could be constructive for us to understand where we don't meet the expectations.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot! We had an entire week full of training and development sessions and workshop. We have a lot of opportunities to learn, a lot of materials and trainings available for interns and employees of UBS. There's also a lot of flexibility in terms of the areas that you want to learn about.
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?
Extremely appealing! The graduate programme is the perfect start for a student right after finishing university. The programme offers a lot of opportunities and perks within the company as well. Trainings are offered and you get to explore what your strengths and what you want to work on for a longer term by offering rotations within the bank.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely! The programme organisers made the best efforts for us to expand our network within the interns and outside it. Other than that, as interns, we've been welcomed to join social events and even had social events organised particularly for us. Meeting a lot of people allowed us to organise social events among ourselves, the interns and form strong friendships.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area offers a variety of restaurants, pubs, food markets, etc. so there is a wide range of prices when it comes to living and socialising. Best thing is that the company's canteen has good prices for good and varied food. There is something for any budget in the area that the office is located.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I personally didn't take an interest in the nightlife, but the office is close to the Shoreditch area, so probably offers a wide range of places to go out and eat and party venues. The office is centrally located so there are lots of opportunities around to accommodate all types of activities.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, definitely! There were many opportunities to involved, especially personal development activities and volunteering. Employees are encouraged to participate in volunteering and help the firm in their efforts. There are also a lot of events you can partake in organising if this is something you have an interest in. Being an employee of UBS has different perks such as discounts, so you're encouraged to try a wide range of activities outside work.