Spring Insight at UBS

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Role Description

3 day virtual internship involving a series of workshops and speakers from across the business

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Every session was stimulating and enjoyable to an extent. Some sessions were run by relatively uninspiring graduates but perhaps that is a reflection of how engaging some of the other speakers were particularly in the innovation lab, research and philanthropy. Some sessions I particularly enjoyed and felt quite inspired by and these are the business areas I will pursue further going forward.This program gave me a good reason to get up in the morning- it stimulated and motivated me so much.


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

Considering we didn't physically meet anyone we felt quite unified. On the chatbox HR and other spring interns would ask about what we had for breakfast, where we were from or what we did at lunch. This gave the program a really personal touch. Everyone who worked at UBS and spoke to us talked about how great the culture is, a sense of unity and belonging and that definitely showed through my very brief experience.


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

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consistently asked us to voice any concerns or questions we had about each day whether these be technical or otherwise. I felt very comfortable asking questions like no one was judging me and I think this enabled me to get the most out of the experience.


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

Definitely more beyond than in my degree which at Cambridge is quite abstract and very focused on academic literature. In terms of industry knowledge, my knowledge has increased hundred fold. I know understand whole areas I didn't know about before such as equity research which I have now decided is the area that fascinates me most and would best suit my skills. There were also opportunities to gain more technical knowledge e.g. valuation in IB.
Skills were harder to develop as this program was virtual due to COVID-19.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

A good balanced insight to the bank with no particular focus on one business area allowing us to objectively choose which business area was right for us. Didn't start too early or end too late, we had good breaks and lunch time. Every session started on time, overall I would say the insight was meticulously planned all credit to This section of the comment has been removed
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6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Despite some other interns evidently trying very hard to get noticed, this is to be expected and they went about this in a respectful and friendly manner. I would say the interns were there to each get the most out of it and not outcompete anyone else. Then again we weren't getting judged. A feel good song at the end of each day helped to bring the group together.


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

Due to the virtual nature of the program in the face of COVID-19, there was little I could gain in terms of skills it was more knowledge. I would like to do an internship and see how this improves.


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?

I don't think there is anything quite like actually doing the work yourself but the speakers informed us honestly about their experiences and I value this highly. The image they portrayed was not polished and forced I could tell their insights were all genuine.


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

Definitely know so much more about UBS and what sets it apart from its competitors. To be honest I'm not really considering actually working for any other banks after this program, UBS seems like a great place to be.


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

This program couldn't tell me not to do other careers I am interested in but it definitely helped me decide what area of the bank I would most like to work in. It has made me want to apply for a summer internship at UBS.


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

There were no expenses as this program was virtual

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

It was very difficult as this program was virtual. They did however encourage us to add everyone on LinkedIn and contact them with our questions in future which was great.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

None as the program was virtual


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

Yes, we heard about a UBS football team, gym, after work drinks. They didn't shy away from talking about work life balance and honestly communicated their hours.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes but only if you are actually interested in the bank, its a lot to sit through just to put on your CV.