Where was your internship? Why did you choose that particular organisation?
My internship is at UBS, in their investment banking arm in London and more specifically in credit risk. I chose UBS for a number of reasons. Firstly I wanted to gain some experience in an investment bank (IB) and I saw risk as a department that was becoming even more important, following the financial crisis and increasing regulatory pressure. I also wanted to expose myself to many of the different products an IB can offer, and risk was best placed to do this.
Finally, I wanted to finish my degree in a strong position to get a top graduate job. And so, being one of the market leaders and a well-known brand, I saw UBS as a good place to achieve this.
What are your thoughts on the internship? What have you learned from it?
I am pleased I chose to do the internship. Primarily I have learnt that even an inexperienced undergraduate can come into a large, successful organisation and add value from the beginning.
Also, I have a better understanding of the different types of jobs within an organisation. Different roles even within a department can vary enormously, using different skill sets and working to different types of goals. Knowing this will help any future career decisions. It's also been beneficial finding out what I am good at, bad at and what I enjoy.
What do you plan to do when your degree ends?
I hope to have secured a place on the graduate training programme at UBS.
What would you say to anyone thinking of studying economics at Sheffield and/or taking an internship?
It's much easier to get an internship with no previous experience than a graduate job with no previous experience. It makes sense to give yourself a better chance of getting the job you want. And if you do a year like me, then it's a year of meeting interesting people, networking and putting cash in your pocket for a big final year back in Shef!