Insights into the UBS Talents Lab

We got the opportunity to interview Alex Wiggins from UBS about their newest pre-internship program, UBS Talents Lab. Read about the program, find out what you can learn and most importantly, why you should apply.

What is UBS Talents Lab?

UBS Talents Lab is a chance for you to find out from industry experts about how we work and gain an insight into our culture. It's for students who are interested in a career in financial services and would like an opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in our various business areas. This includes Investment Bank and Asset Management, as well as supporting roles such as Technology, Risk, Operations and Chief Operating Office.

This is a program run by UBS for students graduating in 2020, and also a pipeline program that leads towards our summer internship. Candidates who take part will have the opportunity to participate in an interview for our 2019 summer internship.

When does the program take place?

It runs from Wednesday, 4th, to Friday, 6th April 2018. The three-day program takes place in our London office, which is right next to Liverpool Street Station.

Who can apply?

Talents Lab is designed for university students based in the UK and Europe. You'll need to be in your first year of university (or the second year of a four year degree), graduating in 2020 and be on track for a 2:1 or the equivalent in your first undergraduate degree.

It doesn’t matter what you’re studying, or if you don't have any previous experience. The program was created for students who are looking for an opportunity to learn about banking and all the different roles we have available, as well as to understand our culture and how we work. This is not just for students interested in finance related roles; we also have a range of exciting roles in our Corporate Center.

What can you learn by joining this program?

First and foremost, our culture and how we work. You'll have an opportunity to be challenged and inspired through games and case studies from each of our business areas that will give you a good understanding on how our divisions operate. The program will also include talks with senior leaders, as well as interactive sessions that will build an insight into what it’s like to work in each area.

You'll also meet employees currently on our graduate talent program, senior leaders within each business area and key recruitment champions. They can provide tips on how to succeed in assessment centres and interviews.

How can I apply for the UBS Talents Lab? What's the process and what tips do you have for students who wish to apply?

Applications are now open and the deadline is 31 January 2018. First of all, you'll need to complete an online application form. After that there’s an online situational judgement test (UBS Cultural Appraiser) and a numerical  test. The final stage is a video interview, where we can find out more about your motivations to join us!

The video interview gives you an opportunity to tell us more about yourself and how it relates to what we're looking for, letting us know what you have to offer and why we're a good fit.

Before starting the video interview and in regards to tips for success, we'd recommend visiting There's loads of information and advice on how to best prepare for our application process.

We encourage students to apply to the program, learn more about life at UBS and (fingers crossed) the Talents Lab program will lead to a future career with us.  

What’s special about this program?

You'll get the opportunity to learn about our culture, strategy and business areas through interactive sessions, business insights and networking occasions.

During the program we'll run a challenge, offering the winning individuals an extra week of work experience later in the year.

All participants will also have the opportunity to be assessed for our 2019 summer internship, with the final assessment day taking place in the summer of 2018. We think this provides more time for you to enjoy the three day program and have further opportunity to analyse what you have learnt (and have a bit more time to prepare for the assessment day!).

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