Spring Insight Attendee at UBS

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. There was a really good atmosphere throughout and the company made us feel very welcome.


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

I felt that we were highly valued throughout. They even had an external financial educator for some of the sessions and had some more senior people in the business talk to us. They were also very friendly and answered a lot of our questions, taking time out of their day to do so.


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

They gave us a very wide view of the different areas of the company, and left ample time for questions on each section. They were also very happy to answer any of our questions throughout the experience if ever we were confused or wanted to know more about a particular area.


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

Whilst we did not have much technical training, due to the breadth of the topics and roles covered, we did get a lot of information about the overall finance industry and the roles that are in UBS. I think it would be most helpful with choosing a career path in the near future.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was very well structured, especially considering the circumstances forcing it to be virtual. The days were very fully packed with a nice variety of different types of talks and presentations, which were all quite interactive. We also received regular briefings as to what was coming up across the three days.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The HR team and all the speakers from UBS were very friendly and welcoming throughout. They gave us a very strong sense of the culture at UBS and just how positive it is! We were also able to connect with the other people on the programme, albeit virtually for the time being.


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

As previously mentioned, we were given a training session by an external financial education company, as well as getting to speak to people at various levels in the business and from various areas of the business; this helped make it that much more insightful. Considering that this was during lockdown, the fact that it still happened was also very encouraging.


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?

While I still feel there is more to know about the particular role and company, for an insight week of this length and at this level (aimed at first year university students), it was very in-depth and very helpful in introducing me to the culture of UBS and the roles available.


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

As mentioned above.


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

The level of the information presented to us was very useful and insightful, as it allowed us to really develop a stronger picture of what the different divisions on both the investment banking and asset management do. It also introduced us to other roles that we may not have previously known were involved in such a firm.


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

We did not incur any expenses due to Covid-19 making the whole experience virtual.

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

Due to the nature of it being virtual, networking was more limited than usual. We were able to however connect virtually and were encouraged to ask questions. We were also able to ask questions to some recent graduates who were able to relate to being in our positions, which was very helpful!


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

As above.


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

We got to learn about some of the various activities, ranging from volunteering to social activities; as well as being able to learn a lot more about how the work life balance differs within the industry and how UBS helps with certain initiatives to combat the longer hours in certain divisions.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Most definitely, as it has been a thoroughly insightful and enjoyable experience throughout. It is a very good introduction to what exactly UBS does and what a role in investment banking or asset management or operations or technology is like in a financial services firm. It also helps answer any questions or dispel any misconceptions people may have.