From Spring Week, to intern to graduate trainee. Recent UK graduate Ana tells us about her already extensive experience here (and why she stuck with us).
So Ana, can you tell us about your career journey with us so far?
I started my journey at UBS in 2015, when I attended the Spring Week (a program for first-year university students in the UK). I had the chance to work-shadow a technology graduate, giving me a feel of what it would be like to work here. On the last day, I was made an offer to return as an intern the following summer.
During my internship, I had a great time working on a variety of projects. And by the end of the summer, I had an offer to join the Graduate Training Program (GTP)! I joined the following summer as a GTP in Group Technology. Since then I have completed a couple of rotations and I’m now in the Identity Management Security team as a project manager.
Why did you want to stick with UBS?
The culture, work environment and people played the major role. To succeed in the first years of your career, you need extensive training, approachable colleagues, a supportive line manager, learning opportunities, experience in different teams, a mentor to guide you and a welcoming work environment. I discovered UBS offered me all this!
What’s been the highlight so far?
In your first year as a graduate, almost everything feels like a new high because you embark on such a steep learning curve. But one highlight stands out; I worked on an EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) project to ensure our compliance with the new rules. I stepped into the project manager role and got to apply my knowledge in practice, delivering a project with multiple dependencies and challenges. Through learning-by-doing, I've grown more than I could have imagined. Being able to contribute towards such a big deliverable is definitely the high of my career so far.
Any advice you could offer the new class of graduates?
Enjoy it as much as possible because the time on the program goes by quickly!
Make the most of the trainings, the events, the learning curve and the opportunity to rotate in different teams. As GTPs, we're given unique chances and we should learn to embrace the opportunities that arise because they may not come again.
Learn as much as possible - this program sets the foundation for your career and the more we learn, the better prepared we are for future roles.