I was introduced to UBS and its global structure towards banking. We were able to hear from a variety of placement students, graduates, and research directors about areas such as Global Banking, Global Markets, and Asset Management. We were given the opportunity to ask questions and work in teams on case studies such as on valuation and stock pitching. We were able to get involved with the wider community affairs programme that UBS offers.
I have gained key insight into key banking divisions, what skillsets are required, and what day-to-day work looks like within UBS. I have a much broader image of how different business areas like investment banking and asset management interact, and how teams collaborate on unique solutions for clients. I also gained an understanding of less-well known back office roles like operations, as well as developing my personal networking and teamwork skills in group exercises.
I have a much broader understanding of the different roles available, particularly more specialist roles unique to UBS such as IBCOO. I was able to network with graduates and learn about their career progression opportunities, and learn about roles which spanned across different divisions such as global research.
Throughout the UBS Spring Insight Week we were introduced to its unique collaborative culture, within and across divisions. We learnt about its emphasis on sustainable investing and ESG. In a separate diversity, equity, and inclusion session, we were introduced to its action on the gender pay gap, diversity networks, and its values of inclusivity. We were also given a chance to explore its community action programmes and participate in an exercise designing letters for the elderly.
I thoroughly enjoyed, and am especially grateful, for the chance to have learnt so much about UBS and the financial services industry during the Spring Week. I felt valued and was given the chance to ask many questions to industry experts, gaining a broader understanding of how different commercial developments affect clients. I have also kept in touch with many fellow participants who I have enjoyed networking with.
Prepare thoroughly for the online assessments using practice websites, and ensure that you tailor your answers to the bank or business area you are most passionate about in the online interview. I would also recommend external organisations such as SEO London who helped me massively during the application process.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Banking - Investment
19th April 2021