UBS Spring Insight Week Intern
Despite un unforeseen circumstances, this virtual programme was incredibly insightful and engaging. We had many diverse sessions, from interactive quizzes to in-depth talks from professionals from many different UBS departments. I learnt an immense amount over such a short period of time and really felt connected with the speakers/other participants.
I felt quite valued during these 3 days. The virtual nature of the event did make it slightly difficult to personally interact with everyone and make opinions heard but this was at no fault of UBS. The hosts still did a brilliant job of facilitating communication between us and making us feel listened to.
This was probably one of the best aspects of this programme - in just 3 days we managed to hear from 40+ graduates and department experts about their diverse work areas and how to be successful in these occupations. At the end of the programme we also had a specific session for our future steps with UBS and how to build our applications.
I personally feel as if this programme broadened my knowledge about the investment banking and financial services industry rather than specifically building on my skills. As many of us came from different degree backgrounds, there was not a specific focus on these. However, I do think I learned to pay more attention to detail and be more open-minded about career paths.
The structure of this programme was very good. We had many different sessions each day but also a good range of short/long breaks. We were successfully connected to multiple online platforms to access this event and everything was carried out in a timely manner. There was also a good mix of fun, light-hearted activities combined with in-depth informative sessions.
The general atmosphere during this insight was very engaging and vibrant. It was clear to see that everyone from UBS really did care about our experience, especially highlighted by the fact that many of the speakers stayed on our video call for longer than organised just to further talk to us and answer our queries. Despite it being a shame we couldn't go into the office, I really enjoyed my 3 days here and felt very connected with the firm and team.
There were not many sessions revolving around personal training and development unless we asked questions about this ourselves. This programme was focused more on insight into the work of the firm rather than on us. However, towards the end we did receive a lot of advice on areas in which we should develop to be successful in further UBS applications.
We had sessions from different departments, including asset management, risk, global markets and many more. It was definitely very helpful as the speakers ranged from individuals who had been there for 1 year to 20+ and so we had valuable insight into the different roles, experiences and paths of career progression.
This was slightly difficult due to the programme's virtual nature as we could not have first-hand experience of interactions within the office, but the culture seemed friendly and vibrant. The current employees tended to say that they felt very valued and respected by UBS. We also learnt a lot about UBS' values and philanthropy projects which many of us felt resonated with our personal values and aims.
This was very helpful as we managed to gain insight from so many different departments and professionals. We even had a specific session teaching us the basics of how financial markets work and interact, which was very useful for those with little experience or background knowledge.
Virtual event so no costs incurred.
Yet again, this was difficult due to the virtual nature of the programme. We were invited to connect with many of the professionals on apps such as LinkedIn and ask them further questions but there was no face-to-face interaction offered even post-lockdown.
There were unfortunately not many of these, but this is understandable as this insight is only 3 days long and our schedule was already heavily packed with a lot of valuable insight sessions.
We found out about a lot of these, including their volunteering opportunities, trips, sports events and other initiatives. Sometimes this was only through asking questions ourselves, but never the less this was covered well.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend, I really didn't think I would learn so much in just 3 days and it has made me excited for future opportunities.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance, Financial Management
Central London and City
24th April 2020