I really enjoyed the insight week. I gained a lot of information about the different roles within UBS. I also enjoyed the interactive case study we did. My favorite session was the innovation Lab, but I believe the overview in the financial service industry was the useful in terms of information. What I believe was missing actually seeing inside the office, but this was something out everyone's control.
I felt very valued. They ensured that we all felt welcome. The morning quiz and the music in the evening really helped with this. Having a What's App group chat and connecting with people on LinkedIn really helped with this. Although meeting in person would have helped, this was not something in their control.
I do not believe much guidance was really needed within the insight week. However, the introduction session was helpful with informing and working out what devices wouldn't work on Skype. The main support needed was knowing what session you were meant to be in and although a timetable was sent out, it was useful getting reminders.
One of the sessions that was very helpful was the session where we answering Kahoot questions. The questions really encouraged you to think carefully about questions and not just rush into them. This is something I can take with any interview I am doing. The knowledge from the day in the life sessions will assist me in making a decision for what role in the summer session I would like to participate in.
I believe the insight was well structured. It is very difficult to concentrate when staring at a screen for a long amount of time but the breaks were a good amount of time and the lunch break was a good amount of time. The overall duration was about 9-5 which is the normal time for work, which was good.
In general I really enjoyed the insight week, it has definitely made me want to apply for the summer insight week. Everyone seemed to enjoy what they were doing and that's something that is very important to me. All the members of the insight week have been very helpful too and my network has been able to expand.
UBS provided me with insight into how they run some of their . interviews. I was given important information to be aware of when making applications which is beneficial for not only UBS, but many other opportunities I would intend to apply for. The training being tailored to UBS does however I mean I stand a better chance of achieving a summer internship.
The insight was very helpful in allowing me to know what roles are available. The day in the life sessions were also useful in giving knowledge into sessions you could not simply read up on. It would be helpful to have seen the office and the working environment. Ultimately I do not believe that the day in the life session were enough to make a decision of a full time role I'd like to have, but it definitely helped.
The insight did help understand the company culture a bit. What was constantly being repeated was the friendly environment everyone at UBS. Everyone also seemed passionate about their job and was very proud about working for UBS. It also appeared that most people were able to maintain a work/life balance as what was most important was getting your work done not the amount of hours.
I would say that I am still not 100% sure about my future career even after the insight wee, however working for UBS is something I would like to do. I enjoyed my insight week even despite the fact that I was not physically present in the building, so I believe I would certainly enjoy working there.
Due to the session being virtual this was not necessary .
There was definitely the case. We were encourage to network with each other as well as members of the company. Members of the company was very open to answering questions even beyond the session. I was also able to network with many people on the session and added many people on LinkedIn.
I believe that everything was online helped with networking. It was very easy to write the name down of speaker and add them on LinkedIn afterwards. This was the same with other members on the insight week. Having a what's App group chat which is still active right now helped with this. However, it always nice to meet people in person.
I found out some of the employees would have sports activities after work. Also going for drinks for members even not in the same sector was common. We even discovered the maintained having activities even with lock down happening. Some thing included drinks and quizzes (which we also had in the mornings).
I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend. I did not get to experience it like most people would and I still enjoyed it. It is very insightful and an assessment center attached to the regular insight week, there is even a chance of getting a summer internship at the end of it.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance
30th April 2020