I worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team. This involved researching financial information. I created graphs and slides for client presentations. I learnt to understand the financial model and valuation methods.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship, I worked on a big acquisition deal which was very interesting. It was hard work but the team understands that you're not going to be fast. People are friendly and helpful, and find the time to teach you stuff. I now understand a lot more about finance and I have had a good experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I am frequently thanked for the work that I have produced, so I feel valued. Even when it's not perfect, they explain how to improve so that I can learn.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor always gave me lots of support. He understood that this was my first internship but also that I wanted to do something challenging. We frequently went for chats in which he gave useful and thought-provoking words of advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days I was quite busy, but on the days when I wasn't, I had very little work so there wasn't much in between. I often had work that needs to be done but I was informed of deadlines.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was solely responsible for the progression of a few specific deal materials, since senior members of the deal team were busy with other issues. Often I worked with a junior banker, but I never worked with another intern.
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've learnt here are vital to my career. Valuation methods, Accounting concepts and an understanding of the steps within an M&A deal are important, and I hardly knew them upon arriving.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was lively and cooperative.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was well set up, when I arrived I has all the Data accounts already made, and I could start working on projects after only a day.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of time and resources have been spent training and developing my skills. Before I knew nothing and now I know a lot more than nothing.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It is very appealing for me to join as an Full Time Analyst.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a good social scene amongst the organisation, organised by UBS and colleagues.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living is fairly high, but that depends where you live. It is not cheap to socialise around the area too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I'm sure there is a nightlife but I didn't experience it. I think you would have to travel to experience anything notable.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I didn't really know of many activities to do, but I'm sure there were.