In the beginning, I didn't really know what to expect. When the spring weeks were canceled because of COVID-19 it was by far the event that frustrated me the most. However, the insight program was a lot more interactive than I expected, allowing us to ask as many questions as we wanted and even speak through the microphone. When speaking to a classmate that had participated in an insight program at another bank, she told me that they barely had an opportunity to interact with the speakers. I think that's what made this program so fun and informative and has really allowed me to gain insight into the different areas UBS can offer.
I think what we learned throughout the insight is that UBS does a really good job valuing its employees and summer interns and they proved this during the spring insight program, even though it was a lot harder for them due to the virtual nature of the program. They made sure to value our input and ask the questions that we asked, obviously within the time limits that we had.
With respect to this issue, I never required any specific support but that's because they prepared everything really well and tried to contemplate all the possible scenarios of issues. We met each other a couple of days in advance to see how the setup worked and made the necessary adjustments for the spring week. Furthermore, if there were any issues for any of the participants both [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] were there to resolve them. The week was well organized, with clear instructions, and thus very easy to follow.
Unfortunately for my degree, the information won't exactly assist me, since I study business Analytics and Law. However, everything I learned during the insight will be so useful when applying back into UBS for summer internships and even full-time jobs. It has helped me understand the things most banks do and what the types of areas there are and that you can apply for. Furthermore, I think that speakers really demonstrated what a roller-coaster ride a career can be which will help me become conscious of the fact that we can all make changes and take different paths throughout our career, even within a bank.
Taking into account that preparing a virtual Spring Insight program is difficult since we're unable to truly see the different areas in person, UBS really made an effort to make everything clear and explain the different areas in as much depth as they could. Including "A day in the life..." session really helped me understand the day to day of graduates and having long Q&A sessions allowed us to get a real feel of their work and their experiences. The organized it in a way that made it go by really fast and you were never tired or drained because the session was too long. They made it very interactive which I also found to be really nice.
I think the general atmosphere of the program was friendly and intellectual. Everybody loved listening to other people's questions and a lot of the questions that were coming in were smart and useful for everyone. All the speakers made things super easy, and they were very approachable. They allowed us to contact them through linked in and [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] felt like my family by the end of the first day. If I managed to feel this atmosphere from, I think it's a clear indication of the type of culture UBS has.
This is a tricky question to answer because none of us received personal training or development. The spring week focused on giving us clear indications of how UBS is structured as a bank and what the different areas are and what they do. As a collective training, you can say I managed to get a lot out of it personally and I feel like UBS did invest time into making sure I understood everything. Also, they included very impressive speakers that I found were a joy to listen to and this also contributed to the feeling that UBS really invested in this program and its participants.
I think I have a very clear understanding of what it would be like to have a full-time role at UBS, especially with respect to the friendly environment. I'm still unsure of what many of the graduates specifically do with most of their day, whether it is in M&A or sales and trading, but I think to really get a sense of this you would need to live it for a few months.
If there is one thing that I would say was made clear throughout the insight program was the culture that UBS has. Just by how the different speakers explained their time and experiences at UBS was indicative of the culture UBS offered. The flexibility, activities outside of work, philanthropic projects, or simply the way [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyPlacement Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] took care of us these days conveyed the friendly yet hardworking culture at UBS.
Although I have a better understanding of the different areas, this has also opened my eyes to areas I would have never thought I wanted to work in. Now I have more options to decide from but, at the same time, I have more information to make a decision with.
Yes, the employees talked about the different activities you can get involved in at UBS. For example, they talked about a football team and the possibility to participate in philanthropic activities. I regret not asking more questions with respect to this because I feel like I could have gotten to know better the out of the office work culture at UBS.
I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend. I think UBS has proven to be a wonderful place to work in.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Banking - Investment
24th April 2020