Industrial Placement Student at UBS

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
London Central London and City
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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Asset Management - Business Risk Management

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed my job.
I liked the work I did, it was interesting and helped me learn more about the industry
UBS were very good about putting on social events for the interns, to mix and network, which was good for learning more about the job but also just getting to know other interns which was really enjoyable


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I was given a lot of responsibility early on, important work, given help with it when I needed, but given a lot of autonomy as well.
I was given good feedback and help to set up networking opportunities by my team.
As well as going out for drinks with my team as well


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

There was no handover period with the intern before me due to timing issues when I arrived
Also when I arrived my team was extremely busy, and is quite a small team so there was not lots of spare time to teach me things. However when I had questions someone on my team would always take time to explain things to me.
This did mean I was quite autonomous early on though
I did receive regular feedback and help


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I started off, not that busy without too much work to do, there was a lot of learning involved with the job I was doing so I needed to spend time reading and learning to start off with. Then as I started to understand the job and the context of the job I was given more work to do. However so far I have not been too busy and my team always wanted to know if I was too bored or too busy, so that my work level could be adjusted.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I started off doing jobs that were not hugely important although I was responsible for doing them my self without much oversight.
About a month into my internship another person on my team quit and I was given some of their jobs to do. This was a lot of responsibility as they were very important jobs, to do with the regulators and I did them largely unsupervised.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I'm not too sure as I have not retuned to university yet and won't go back for another 12 months.
I think my increased productivity and the organizational skills I gained will make studying effectively and managing my time easier for my final year at Uni.
In terms of the industry knowledge I gained I think it will give more context to my studies


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Good atmosphere, everyone is friendly and helpful, people are really open to networking requests even if they are more senior to you.
During the day when people are working it is quite quiet in the office and there is not a lot of chatting
When there are events on, people are very fun, there is a great atmosphere and you can get to know people very well.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

There was a very well defined assessment structure for if you get a job.
Everyone was assigned a mentor and a buddy
Job roles were well defined
there were lots of talkers for events specifically for interns, so we could learn things useful to our jobs
The assessment structure is changing slightly this year as assessment is being tweaked


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They brought in lots of outside speakers for us to learn from, public speaking. mental health, career tips
There were extra opportunities where they invested in female interns as the bank is trying to even up the numbers of men and women
Even though they are only keeping half of us for grad jobs they invested in terms of training for all of us
We were given lots of exposure to very senior people in the organization for networking, where UBS organized networking events


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

About half of interns get offered a grad job by UBS, so the chances of getting hired are alright.
A grad job with UBS would be very appealing as they invest heavily in their grads with training.
Grad job wages are good, they would be better an American bank but UBS has a really good work life balance that most other banks do not have.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Within our department we used to go out for drinks at least once a week, without any organization from UBS.
We would go out once every few weeks with the other interns from other departments.
UBS would then organize events for us as well, once every few week. We got to know the other interns really well.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It is central London so very expensive
rent is extremely expensive although you can keep costs down by living further out of the city, but transport is very expensive, rail tickets are expensive as are tube passes.
Places to get food, like restaurants and food trucks are not more expensive than others cities.
Drinking alcohol is more expensive as are night clubs


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It was in central London so there are lots of bars, pubs and clubs nearby.
There are lots of nightclubs nearby.
Because it is central London everything is quite expensive but there is a huge variety; really expensive clubs to quite cheap bars, and there are night markets as well.
Different areas in London that are shorts tube rides away have different types of night life, but there is lots to do everywhere.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There are lots of sports teams and clubs at UBS.
There are multiple networks within UBS, for women, cultural awareness etc, these networks put on events for networking and outside speakers.
Also you can have 2 days a year to volunteer for a charity or one of the schools UBS partners with
Also there are lots of paid for events within the department