Financial Institutions Group
Investment Banking Division
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a fascinating learning experience with an extremely steep learning curve. However, I suffered from the hours and plenty of grunt work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt support from the team at all the times, and I believe I was justly praised/criticised for the work I have done. I think that my collegues apprciateted my contributions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
In particular my buddy was always ready to help me with every problem or question; the rest of the team also never refused to offer guidance, even when they worked under considerable time pressure.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The first weeks started off slowly, but by now the pace has picked up and there are currently very few days when I am not very busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Most of the tasks I was assigned to did not require much independence, creative thinking or model building; while I understand that the interns cannot start working on the most complicated tasks from day one, this, in my view, reflected a lack of belief that we can cope.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have mastered my Excel & PowerPoint skills, learned a lot about model builidng and searching for information in the Internet - all these are very important for my studies and future life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great team of people (FIG), everyone friendly and supportive.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There have been some problems with schedulling of events and training; also, there have been periods when I felt understaffed. Overall, however, the oragnisation was smooth.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I have received training in all relevent IT applications (Datastream, Factset, SNL), as well as introductions to UBS support teams (Infocentre, Presentations). We even had a motivational lecture, which was a great experience.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For an investment bank, UBS constitutes a particualrly employee-friendly organiosation and this make it very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns in the team (7) were sitting close together, so we developed close friendships. This extended also outside of the office (social events).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The City is pretty expensive in terms of living costs and socialising, but this applies to all major banks (Canary Wharf included). Plus the salary is very high which compensates for this.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Unfortunely, the workload has prevented me from experiencing the nightlife over the internship, but the couple of parties in the nearby Shoreditch were great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was one compulsory community project and many opportunities for volunteers. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to participate.