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    UBS Finance Academy?

    I think that's what it's called....it's happening during the july skool holidays at Macquarie university...i think its a program that teaches you about the financial aspects of economics and business...anybody going

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    hadnt heard of it...any details/website?
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    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/...&oneclick=true

    here's story about last year's one..

    and i just found the application form and discovered that my friend had lied about needing a resume...that liar...she didn't want me to go

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    lol ok....

    i want to go to an economics one but im not sure if its worth spending all the money going 2 leading edge... :S
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    how much does the leading edge seminar thing cost??

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    300 + advanced students one (119) if u want it... i just got a letter 2dai =)

    but yeh newaiz, wats this thing? is it like a program which u get a certificate for in the end? we dunt need to knwo financial aspects, i think it would be a waste of essay time, u do wats in teh syllabus to the best u can, tehre isnt any point of going outside of it, u might be risking the teachers not knowing wat ur on about :S

    im prolly on about something weird, but yeh... thats my 2 cents
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    yeah got that leading edge thing today, cheapest one 179 :@ some of them up to like 300 bucks :@

    /me waits for syd/macq uni courses....
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    I went to the finance academy last year. It's basically a program where you learn about the different areas of the financial industry and investment banking.

    It was heaps of fun & if ur interested in this kind of stuff, it's worthwhile.
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    i went to the ubs academy, got back on friday nite. It was the best course ever. we all learned heaps and had a really good. recommend it to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulja
    i went to the ubs academy, got back on friday nite. It was the best course ever. we all learned heaps and had a really good. recommend it to everyone.

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    yeh, i checed some list and she was on it but icant rmember who she was. why?
    do u know her

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    yeah, she's a friend from school

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    Exclamation Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    Well sorry to dig this thread up, but I was wondering if any of us are going to next month's UBS finance academy 2008...?

    Only 'cos I am, and would like to stresss about it with someone.. perhaps.

    Hmm... what to pack ..

    Thanks!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    Quote Originally Posted by basket.case
    Well sorry to dig this thread up, but I was wondering if any of us are going to next month's UBS finance academy 2008...?

    Only 'cos I am, and would like to stresss about it with someone.. perhaps.

    Hmm... what to pack ..

    Thanks!
    i went last year and it is AWESOME!

    wat to pack: nighties ofcourse, casual clothes for all the sessions during the day - its not loud shirt day so dnt wear something that may be offensive...

    also, pack a set of formal clothes for the presentation on the last day + formal dinner.

    have something smart-casual for the mentor evening thingo on the tuesday (thts where u go n meet a lot of the UBS staff and you can choose who you want to be your ongoing mentor).

    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: take something warm - last year it got really really cold esp at night and the only thing i had was teh UBS hoodie they gave us (which was pretty warm) and i slept in that too coz i missed out on a blanket !!!!!!!!!

    if your really fussy about food - the food at dunmoore lang college in macquarie uni (where u will be staying) is CRAP! but the UBS food is pretty good.

    ofcourse you'll take all your gel, shaving crap, perfume and make up (for girls, and some guys too.. LOL), and everyday necesseties... also, soap n shampoo etc. bathroom/shower facilities are really good.

    take a camera if uve got one, or use ur fone (n dnt forget the charger like i did!)

    Try and take away as much as you can from the 5 days... do wat they ask you to - ie give welcome and thankyou speeches to presenters, present to a group, take part in all the team building sessions etc. trust me it really helps.. plus u get a certificate too!

    oh, n i forgot, they took us for a field activity on the wednesday, for us it was a treasure hunt and it was really fun! one of teh passers-by asked us if we were in the amazing race LOL! so for that, take some casual clothes, with shoes you can run around in, but ones that look good (becoz afterwards you'll be having dinner at a formal restaurant with UBS staff)... dnt forget to take a smart-casual jacket (one that is warm coz ull be in the city at nite).

    omg i think ive said enuff now n i hope that helps!

    GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    hah, oh wow haiderr, thanks so much - that absolutely covered everything!

    it sounds so fun..
    I'm not too fussed about facilities; beds, showers/toilets, food (but I really appreciate the extra info- prepare myself!!) .. but I guess I'm just a little intimidated by the whole world of UBS and everything, however naive/cliche that seems.

    I am excited, believe me, but I just hope I won't be the absolute finance noob of the lot, if that makes any sense to anyone

    it sounds like it's going to be like school camp, only with executives and dinner suits.. perfect!


    no but really. thanks haiderr! and if anyone else has any thoughts or is going to this years', feel free to add on!!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    lol your most welcome basket.case! lol funny name

    and dont be scared, there r all kinds of ppl there = finance freaks, ppl who dont even know what finance means, and ppl somewhere in btwn... its good to b inbtwn but not knowing nythin will NOT bagg you out!

    n you make heaps of friends really easily...they hav team building n leadership exercises to introduce everyone and you almost instantly have like you 3 best friends for the camp, and you get to know everyone... i think out of the 50 that went last yr, ive got 25 on msn. i speak to 2 of them regularly!

    GOOD LUCK!

    P.S. if u hav ny questions, fire away!

    Oh and if you are lucky enough to see Miles Drury's presentations, take notes, record it on ur fone, do wateva u can.. he is the BEST! lol

    oh n one more thing (lol i love talkin bout this topic) if you hav alan and helen as your supervisors tell em i said hi lol. theyre really nice ppl!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    I did a week of work experience at UBS, I was the first public school student ever which pleased me... It was awesome to be there for a whole week, working in various departments. I loved it. The highlight was definitely trading $500,000,000 electronically... The guy who I was with was on the phone at the time and i hate to think what might have happened had I missed a zero, lol... Don't you just love finance?

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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    OMG!!! how did u get work experience there? lol i asked there recruitment manager personally, coz she knew me from the academy. i asked my mentor from ubs, n they both said it wudnt be possible coz they dnt recruit ny school students. did u go to the academy last yr too alllan?
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    I wasn't at the academy.

    Originally, I wanted to do a week at Macquarie, but to my dismay,I found that they do not take high school students.

    I was a long at difficult process... Be persistent!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    omg lucky u! i personally spoke to the Head of Reruiting - Naomi Clements i think, and she said they do not take high school students at all! oh well, ur very lucky and its gonna look awesome on ur resume! not that u need it anyway, reading some of the stuff here u wont have space to put that on ur resume LOLLL!!! so congrats!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    ohhh this is so good ...... im going this yr 2 ... i am SO excited!!

    thanks for the info haiderr!! it reeeeeally helped!!

    also, how many is there to a room? we are doing the treasure hunt too lol i am so gonna let lost AHAHAHA

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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    hahahahahhaha yeah we got lost too!!!! they give you a funny sort of map of the city and they expect you to find your way around - so make sure you have atleast one of the supervisor's mobile numbers before you go out on ur treasure hunt... lol... we were the first team to finish but we didnt win coz we hadnt coloured in the opera house properly - lol its meant to be white and we full bought highlighters and coloured it in green and purple LMAO!!!!!!!!!

    YOU GET YOUR OWN ROOM!!!!!!!!! how mad is that???!!!! lol but theyre pretty small rooms - one tiny bed, a table, a shoe stand (LOL) and your own walk in robe and a sink. no toilet however,,,, the toilets are like those at school - shared, only much cleaner!

    Your welcome and if you have any more questions keep shooting at me!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    lol hey again.. well you did say "any more questions"..

    ... everyday, we don't have to dress in suits and all that, right? I mean, smart-casual is alright? Or very casual..? They didn't really indicate that type of thing and I don't want to turn up with a case full of over/under-dressed outfits.
    Oh, and on the topic of clothes, on the graduation thing, what types of things were ppl wearing?
    Please, if you could answer for what both guys & girls wore, because I have no idea.

    Your own rooms!!! Wierd... so we have powerpoint access and etc etc..? did anyone bring laptops?
    Lol, walk in wardrobe, shoe stand.. that'll keep me happy for 5 days .
    How big was your suitcase?
    And when you say sink.. please elaborate. ooh! and another thing.. are there mirrors in our own rooms?
    And do boys/girls have separate toilets & showers? How many ppl are expected to share a bathroom together?
    Phew.. okay, I think that's all for now. sorry to trouble you again, I know that I ask the strangest questions.

    Oh, btw, last thing, (promise!) did you have to fill in a personality 'types' test before you went?
    (and to elmo rox, if you're there, have you done it yet??? I haven't!!!)


    ps. yay! finally found someone *actually* going this year!! can't wait!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    Quote Originally Posted by basket.case
    lol hey again.. well you did say "any more questions"..

    ... everyday, we don't have to dress in suits and all that, right? I mean, smart-casual is alright? Or very casual..? They didn't really indicate that type of thing and I don't want to turn up with a case full of over/under-dressed outfits.
    Oh, and on the topic of clothes, on the graduation thing, what types of things were ppl wearing?
    Please, if you could answer for what both guys & girls wore, because I have no idea.

    Your own rooms!!! Wierd... so we have powerpoint access and etc etc..? did anyone bring laptops?
    Lol, walk in wardrobe, shoe stand.. that'll keep me happy for 5 days .
    How big was your suitcase?
    And when you say sink.. please elaborate. ooh! and another thing.. are there mirrors in our own rooms?
    And do boys/girls have separate toilets & showers? How many ppl are expected to share a bathroom together?
    Phew.. okay, I think that's all for now. sorry to trouble you again, I know that I ask the strangest questions.

    Oh, btw, last thing, (promise!) did you have to fill in a personality 'types' test before you went?
    (and to elmo rox, if you're there, have you done it yet??? I haven't!!!)


    ps. yay! finally found someone *actually* going this year!! can't wait!
    hahah thts arrite, questions r good! but im sorry for answering sooo late, ur prolly sleeping now coz u hav to get up early tomorrow n go to the academy (or is it nxt week?).

    clothes - on most days its casual. take soemthing warm. be sure to take more than one pair of formal though because i think on one night u r required to wear formal/semi formal, and on the graduation u r required to wear formal. graduation formal: suit and tie for guys and equivalent for girls - anything formal is fine... theyre not that fussy... by formal i mean business clothes, not something u would wear to ur school formal lol.

    everyday however, u will wear casual. so make sure to take about 5-6 pairs of casual or wateva u think will be enuff for u... depends how fussy u r.... my suitcase was HUGE. trust me it doesnt matter how big ur suitcase is, as long as u can handle it. i know they said you can only take suitcases to certain measurements, but the size shud be sufficient to fit EVERYTHING in, dont leave anything behind lol trust me u will regret it... take many clothes, and shampoo, and soap, and shaving kits, and gel and body lotion and wateva u need lol....u can dumb ur suitcase in ur room n no one will care...

    with the room im sure u will get powerpoints, n yes u MAY bring ur laptops but i would advise against it.... u wont get time to use it... ur busy ALL DAY EVERY DAY! u will only go to ur room to change n sleep.

    boys and girls r on different wings im sure, so its seperate for the toilets lol. there were approx 8-10 ppl to a set of toilets = 5 toilets, 3 showers.... trust me n wake up early to shower ie wake up by 6 AM.... and do go for the morning walks coz they r refreshing.

    my room had a mirror, but i know not all rooms had mirrors. and sink is just a normal sink for u to brush ur teeth and fill up ur kettle or wateva. oh and take a kettle = good idea for making tea/coffee/2 min noodles in emergencies.... no need to tell ny1 ur takin one tho coz then every1 will bug u.

    yes i had to do the personality test.... no one is testing ur knowledge, they r there to tell YOU wat kind of person u r...n b sure to take it with u, coz they will teach u more about wat it all means, and take care of it coz u can put that on ur resume/cover letter when u apply for a job.


    hope that answers all ur questions.

    BEST OF LUCK!!! HAVE FUN!!! and once again, if u hav ny questions, lemme know!
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    Re: UBS Finance Academy?

    ohhhhhhh dude ................. the UBS finance Academy was only THE BEST WEEK EVER lol
    the best group of people ever aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE IT !!!!!!
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