Varies depending on the desk. Tasks included pitches, morning meeting summaries, flow updates etc.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've had a great time - the culture makes it a really nice place to come in to every day.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I developed strong bonds with some people, and felt very valued by them. On the whole the employees were very welcoming and willingly gave up their time to help you out, and valued your opinions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Some people were really great, and gave me lots of advice and support throughout my whole time at UBS.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It depended on the desk, and how much I organised for myself in terms of meeting people in different areas etc. I'd say I was less busy than I expected, but this gave me a chance to get out and meet more people!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
It was difficult to be given a huge amount of responsibility as you are limited in what you can actually do (e.g. can't speak to clients). However, I was given projects and other regular tasks to do, so this was not too much of a problem.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think some skills are very transferrable e.g. networking, organisation, dealing with lack of sleep! I don't know how much it will help my degree studies, but I think many skills can be applied in any job I get in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The culture of UBS really is different to other banks. Everyone is very approachable and friendly, and people like to have a laugh during the day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We completed three desk rotations, with lectures and talks organised throughout the 10 weeks. This provided a basic structure, but allowed us to choose how/where we spent most of our time.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Again, this depended on the desk, as some individuals invested a lot in you. However, lots of sessions were set up with people across the floor (sometimes set up by interns) to expand our knowledge.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
In current times, opportunities within banking in general is much more limited. However, UBS tends to employ at least part of the intern class, and so hopefully there is some job prospect after this!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, everyone was very sociable. However, after long hours we were often very tired so big nights out were limited!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is of course very expensive. However, housing allowance is given to help with this, and a generous wage is paid so this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The City has lots of pubs, bars and clubs. People often go for drinks or dinner after work and there are lots of places to choose from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I didn't get involved with anything outside of work, although I think you could participate in sports etc. if you wanted to.