1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I found that everyone I met were really friendly and happy to discuss with interns, regardless of how senior they were. The general culture in the firm promoted me to ask plenty of questions, engage with people across the firm and volunteer to take on new roles.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt valued by my colleagues- they would often ask suggestions from me about new projects that are taking place. I was trusted with tasks that I feel would genuinely add value to the company in the long run. In addition, they were happy to share their honest experiences in UBS and their role.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was encouraged to ask a lot of questions, however I was given a lot of autonomy when completing the tasks. Before my managers suggested anything or offered advice, they would ask for my opinion to understand my thought process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The days were extremely busy, especially since we aimed to book meetings with as many people across the bank as possible whilst balancing our daily tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot! My manager started to trust me after the mid interview with important tasks. Before that I was tested on my competencies with smaller tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Through the internship:
My excel skills have improved significantly! (I didn't even know that you can code in Excel Macros before coming to UBS)
Gained a lot of confidence setting up meeting with senior managers and people who I've never met before
Definitely improved my organization skills and time management skills whilst balancing different tasks
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly, but the people are extremely busy. Everyone is happy to support an intern. I've evidenced a lot of collaboration among team members- less completive than I expected
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well organized in terms of the tasks I received. However, I believe the rotations can be better organized.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company offered a lot of speaker sessions, training courses, etc. I think the most useful part of the training offered were the excel courses
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing because I don't think I can find a firm as friendly and collaborative as UBS in the financial sector
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Most of the socializing happened between groups of interns from the same division. I would have liked to see more socials with all interns from the bank
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living can be expensive as UBS is in the City- but the compensation is enough to cover the expenses
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are plenty of clubs to go to near by. As the office is not located in Canary Wharf, its nice to socialize with people outside the financial sector
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Several sporting events and UBS places a lot of emphasis on volunteering outside of work