Leave it to Max Meurer to show us how to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities offered by the Julius Baer Graduate Programme. Each year, the eighteen-month programme is offered to ten new graduates and comprises three six-month assignments, which can also take place at a Julius Baer office abroad – something that caught Max’s attention from the very beginning.
“Working in different regions and cultures – especially in Asia – gave me the opportunity to consolidate my knowledge on an intellectual, but also intercultural level and better understand how Julius Baer works as a global financial institution,” he says. “By taking on roles in different departments and at different locations, I’ve gained a wider perspective of wealth management. It’s a great opportunity to network with diverse and international colleagues and to leverage that network in your job.”
Making the most of this experience
With September just around the corner, is there any advice Max would give others interested in the programme? “This offer provides an environment of opportunities to create a strong network among all hierarchy levels and the possibility of getting insights into a variety of business streams, so it is up to anyone interested to seize it,” he says. “And be proactive – every coffee or lunch you share with someone is a chance to learn – people here are very open to share their insights and experiences.”
So what’s next for this dedicated young professional? “I have always been passionate about client service – building relationships that are based on trust is my intrinsic motivation, and my goal is to ultimately work in a client-facing role in which I can leverage my investment knowledge,” he says.