UBS spring insight week at UBS

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1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the event because everyone seems so approachable and professional! It was really enjoyable to listen to professionals and graduates in UBS talking about their experiences. It was fun to have the ice-breaking sessions and quizzes too. They light up my day. Great time asking questions to the senior people.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Most of the time. My questions are carefully answered as much as possible. Even when we don't have time to answer all the questions some speakers did make an effort to write his response to our questions and send them via email. My personality was well respected when we have regular breaks to get refreshment and relax.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

A lot considering the current restrictions during lockdown. We were given study materials and links to websites where we can get useful knowledge and industrial information. But sadly we were unable to have enough technical support for virtual sessions. It would be better if we could see one another and the speakers can listen to our voices.


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

I have expanded my knowledge in financial services and global markets a lot. Although I am still an amateur, I feel more motivated to learn about finance and its supportive services in the future. I also learnt to identify problems and ask useful questions. These will be very useful to me in the future.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was very well structured. We were exposed to the activities of almost all basic departments in UBS. We had many graduates and experts sharing their perspectives and experiences from different angles. The programme normally starts in 9 and ends at 5:30. We had enough breaks in the mean time.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was very lively. The staff were very nice and approachable. We were very much encouraged to as to ask questions, even though they may be considered as 'basic' questions. We talked about our lives during break are really nice people to be with! I love it!


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

The company offered a two-hour fitch learning session for all of us. We learnt about basics in financial markets and asset management. We were also introduced to various platforms where we can get financial updates during this session. Many speakers were invited to share their experience and expertise with us.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The insight week helped me to understand it to a large extent. I learnt about the graduate programme in UBS, the daily work commitments of employees in different departments, their normal working hours and the vibes in the office. But of course, it would have been better if we could go into the office.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

From the attitude of the speakers, including the graduates and those seniors who have been working in UBS for a long time, I feel that UBS is a place that supports personal development from Day 1. It has a lovely and friendly atmosphere. It also values sustainability and charity works very much.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content in the spring week has been very useful in helping me shape a better plan for my career path. I learnt more about the areas I was originally interested in and also introduced to areas that I did not know much. I feel that I will be very motivated in financial research activities, where I can use my expertise to help other departments make business decisions.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was not paid or imbursed because I do not require accommodation or travel. the virtual spring week was held online on Skype for business. I would not require UBS to pay me because I did not make much of a contribution with my current level of skills and knowledge. I believe they have already invested a lot on us to run this insight week at this difficult time.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

We had many opportunities to network. Although it was online and we could not get any face-to-face interactions, we were able to ask a lot of questions to the speakers over the sessions. We could also connect with them on LinkedIn. I hope that we could have a networking session after lockdown.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were but only limited to online. We networked with other participants in the spring week as well.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes. They have many volunteering activities for staff.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. It has been very rewarding.