1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the intership. My colleagues were helpful and I was given meaningful tasks from an early stage of the internship. The nine week internship also gave me an opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding of the industry and allowed me to explore this career option before deciding to pursue it full time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. A lot of the work and the tasks that I was asked to do were significant and necessary for the success of projects. Additionally, my colleagues gave me plenty of independence to complete tasks on my own, provided that deadlines were met and that the quality of the output was high.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Generally the guidance was very good. I always felt like I could ask any question in order to make sure that the work was done correctly. However, the job does require a higher level of independence, and as such it is important to be able to manage on your own.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis, meaning that I spent many late nights at the office. However, this is just part of the job, and it also means that you learn a lot more. And even though the average day is long, time flies by because there are so many things to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility. While I did not personally have any direct contact with clients (although some other interns did) a lot of the tasks that I had to complete were very important to the client, and as such I would say that my colleagues had quite a bit of trust in me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My skills have developed massively in the past two months. My understanding of the financial industry has improved a lot, and I have learnt about companies and industries that I previously did not know existed. My research skills have also improved a lot, as well as my attention to detail and my IT skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere at the office is good. Although there isnt a lot of contact with many of the other teams, people have a lot of respect for each other and in my team everyone was willing to help the interns. In general, I think that UBS has a very friendly culture, especially when compared to other investment banks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised. It started with a week of training to make sure that everyone knew the basics. For the rest of the internship, there were weekly presentations and training sessions organised by HR, which gave a good insight into other areas of the bank. Very little time was spent just waiting around
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
UBS invests a lot in training and development. We spent an entire week at the beginning of the internship with trainings, and a few hours per week for the rest of the internship. add. I would also say that the entire internship is one long training session, as you are always learning.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would say that the prospects are very good. UBS has made a point of not taking too many interns, meaning that they have the capacity to take everyone. Additionally, UBS has gone through large changes in the past 10 years, and are beginning to see this in their results now.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This was fine, many of the interns end up staying in the same apartment block, as UBS organises this for those who normally live outside of London. However, the hours are long so there was not much socialising during the weeks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Generally speaking London is quite expensive. However, given that the pay is good, it was more than fine. Additionally, dinners are paid and so is transport home if you stay long enough (which you always do) and therefore you save quite a lot of money for most of the week.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?