1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Learnt a huge amount during my 9 week internship. Good culture and nice people. I came into the internship with a background which was not financial which I was a bit worried about but the work was set at a certain level and my financial knowledge improved greatly over the course of the internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
They care about your progress and how you're finding it and offer ample support if you need help. When given a task, you usually sit down and go through it with the senior person who is setting it. Questions are encouraged throughout the completion of the tasks and help is given accordingly.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was guided through every task with clear instructions which made it easier to progess and further my learning. Had a mid internship review with my line manager which went over positives and improvement areas which gave a good guide on how you were doing on the internship and how to improve.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Extremely busy with work all the time. No facetiming throughout my internship. If you finished a task you were encouraged to ask for a new one and all team members would think of something you could get involved in and help with. The tasks were given on a basis which was manageable in term of deadlines too.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Reasonable responsibility given at times but usually doing tasks which were longer term or internal.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Skills learnt will help me in my dissertation writing and formatting. Finance has less relevance to chemistry than other degree types but many transferable skills learnt. Skills such as excel and powerpoint are very useful for this. The way to lay out presentations will also help for my degree and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was positive. All of the desks are very close to each other so people talk about tasks throughout the day. Everyone is friendly even when they have difficult deadlines approaching. There is a very collaborative culture at UBS which makes the working easier and enjoyable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement started with a weeks training which was well scheduled and we got a timetable of this before we started. Then the following week we hit the desks straight away and got given consistent work thoughout the internship. We had speaker sessions from different teams every week to give us a more holistic view of the business.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel they invest in the people a lot and care about your progress. They invest in training you to help you to learn the things you need to do the job. They also have speaker sessions from each team and from senior people in the business. The feedback process shows how much investment goes into the interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The prospects of being employed by UBS are very appealing with many benefits.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In the first week of training we had an intern party and networking session where we got the opportunity to meet and socialise with our peers. We went or drinks on Fridays after work too with collegues or just interns. At the end of the internship there is an intern party which is a chance to see everyone again before it ends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The area is expensive to live in and expensive to socialise in as it is London. The resaurants and bars around are genrally expensive but there are cheaper options available. In terms of housing, UBS organised the rental of flats nearby which were priced at a reasonable rate - making it less expensive to live in London throughout the internship.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was very good. Broadgate circle is always busy and a good place to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were speaker sessions and sports teams that we could get involved in.