1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- I've really enjoyed my time at UBS. The programme was very well structured for the interns with plenty on offer. I felt supported in the work that I was doing and felt as though I could ask for help whenever necessary and was very well supported throughout. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- I was working on a project with the team I was in. My help allowed them to concentrate on other tasks and I think this was highly valuable to them. They were very welcoming and I could ask for support whenever I required it. I was able to build a good rapport with the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- I was given excellent support by my supervisor, particuarly leading up to my final presentation. This enabled me to prepare effectively and ask any relevant questions. Furthermore, my supervisor helped me to set up networking opportunities across the wider business which I found very beneficial and expanded my knowledge of UBS.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- I was pretty busy on a daily basis. I never felt completely swamped by the work that I had to do and there were occassional moments where I was without work. However, by requesting more work from teams who were busy I managed to do tasks which were beneficial for the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think I was given an appropriate levelof responsibility during my internship. I thought that the level of responsibility given to the junior members of the team was really great and helped me develop my confidence. I was also given a lot of independence during one particular project which I found very helpful for my development.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have been developing on my internship; both interpersonal and technical skills, will be highly beneficial for my degree and my future career. The importance of networking was a key takeaway from my time at UBS and I particuarly enjoyed how I was pushed to further my excel skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was really enjoyable - there was a good rapport between colleagues but equally a culture of hard work which suited the way that I work well. I enjoyed getting to know the team and working with them and the office environment is definitely one that I would enjoy being in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I thought that the internship was set up really well. The number of speaker events was really beneficial and showed the time that senior members of staff have for junior employees. I would have liked, however, to have had more official social events in place for the interns in order to increase bonding across different divisions.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I thought that the opportunity for personal development was excellent at UBS. Other employees were always willing to invest time into networking with you which helped me develop my interpersonal skills. The range of speakers and events avaliable to attend at UBS was amazing and I really enjoyed attending them wherever possible.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to begin my career at UBS. It seems like a very supportive company that offers excellent opportunities for all employees. I loved the collaborative nature of the teams and the availiability of support. I think the structured nature of the GTP would be perfect for me, and I woudl love the opportunity to work at UBS full time.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a great social scene amongst fellow interns - we would regularly go out to socialise and have after work drinks. I enjoyed joining in with team drinks within my specific team wherever the opportunity arose and for me the opportunity to socialise out of the office established a better rapport.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising was very high in the area that we worked. Whilst this didn't stop anyone from enjoying themselves it was difficult to justify all the opportunities that we had to go out. However, being located in a prime part of London, the cost of living was to be expected.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good in the area that we worked. There were many bars and pubs which the interns would go to for after work drinks and this helped to forge stronger connections. We didn't go out to any clubs so I could not comment on the quality of those.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. UBS really encourages employees to spend some time volunteering - there wasn't enough time to do this as an intern but for full time employees the opportunities to do this are readily avaliable. I would have liked more opportunities for activities for interns outside of work.