UBS - Industrial Placement Program in Global Banking, London

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Hi everyone, I am a 2nd year Economics and Finance student studying at University of Exeter. I applied today for the 'Global Banking' role for UBS in London and they have invited me to complete their online assessment.

For the people who had an industrial placement and/or secured a graduate job with UBS:
1. How did you find the recruitment process?
2. How was your overall experience with them? Enjoyable or not?
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It's unlikely you're gonna get a response from anyone who's actually done the placement so I'll indulge you given I've been through some of the process and I know people at UBS (though not in banking, mostly in AM).

Recruitment (as shown on the website) is 3 stages. Application, virtual assessment, AC. The application is simple. The virtual assessment is fairly standard although the video interview has some jarring questions iirc. Can't speak to the AC because I turned mine down but it seems they hand them out in November or early Dec.

Everyone I know at UBS likes the firm and their job and it's always come across to me as having a pretty good culture. Recruiters have told me that UBS is seen as a "nice" bank and Swiss culture runs through it. Saying that, banking is banking. Your level of enjoyment will probably be more influenced by working 80+ hour weeks than it will be by the nuance of each bank. If you can hack the hours, you should be fine.

This is also one of the only IB placements out there so yknow, beggars can't be choosers.
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Thank you for responding, I actually thought no one would reply ahahha. I have done my virtual assessments and I think it went okay, just waiting on the result to see if I progress onto the next stage.

I saw some similar views about UBS to what you said and that's why I applied for them. Now, I will just wait for the result and see if I go onto the next stage or not.

Out of curiosity, do you work in any IB?
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Thank you for responding, I actually thought no one would reply ahahha. I have done my virtual assessments and I think it went okay, just waiting on the result to see if I progress onto the next stage.

I saw some similar views about UBS to what you said and that's why I applied for them. Now, I will just wait for the result and see if I go onto the next stage or not.

Out of curiosity, do you work in any IB?
Not currently but I start next year.

My advice for placements would be don't be too picky. You can't really afford to at this stage. Take experience from whoever will give you it. If that firm has bad culture (and not many do) then it's only a year anyway.
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Not currently but I start next year.

My advice for placements would be don't be too picky. You can't really afford to at this stage. Take experience from whoever will give you it. If that firm has bad culture (and not many do) then it's only a year anyway.
I agree with you and I am planning to apply for anything that I can. Unfortunately for me, I don't have work experience as I was really struggling to find any this summer but I do have volunteering and some achievements that I have put in my C.V which I think is relevant. I just hope I won't be disadvantaged because I haven't been able to get work experience at all
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I agree with you and I am planning to apply for anything that I can. Unfortunately for me, I don't have work experience as I was really struggling to find any this summer but I do have volunteering and some achievements that I have put in my C.V which I think is relevant. I just hope I won't be disadvantaged because I haven't been able to get work experience at all
You are disadvantaged. I don't say that to be mean. It's a fact. The same way everyone who goes to a semi-target is disadvantaged compared to a target student. In my opinion it's important to know where you stand. That doesn't mean it's hopeless. Take your best shot, see what happens, and adapt and improve. That's all you can really do.

When I was applying to placements I had a similar CV to you (although I had some part time experience). Nothing particularly relevant. I didn't get into a BB or anything or even really anything close to what I'm doing now. It's not the end of the world. Got plenty of friends with similar stories.
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You are disadvantaged. I don't say that to be mean. It's a fact. The same way everyone who goes to a semi-target is disadvantaged compared to a target student. In my opinion it's important to know where you stand. That doesn't mean it's hopeless. Take your best shot, see what happens, and adapt and improve. That's all you can really do.

When I was applying to placements I had a similar CV to you (although I had some part time experience). Nothing particularly relevant. I didn't get into a BB or anything or even really anything close to what I'm doing now. It's not the end of the world. Got plenty of friends with similar stories.
I guess that just means I will take my best shot and make the most of any opportunity I can find and hopefully down the line everything will be okay. I never really looked at which unis were a target for IB's in general, but yea I will see how it goes. What uni did you attend if you don't mind me asking?
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I guess that just means I will take my best shot and make the most of any opportunity I can find and hopefully down the line everything will be okay. I never really looked at which unis were a target for IB's in general, but yea I will see how it goes. What uni did you attend if you don't mind me asking?
Read this: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/foru...london-edition

My username is anonuser99 for a reason haha.
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