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Emre Akyildiz: “As a graduate, I was involved in the daily business from day one”

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Emre Akyildiz: “As a graduate, I was involved in the daily business from day one”

Now a Business Manager in Dubai, Emre started his career in Banking with the Julius Baer Graduate Programme. “I was involved in the daily business from day one and given the same responsibilities as my colleagues,” says Emre in an interview about his experience with the Graduate Programme.

Emre has been with Julius Baer since October 2014. Here's his background at a glance:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Management and Economics and Political Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Master's Degree in International Relations, Brunel University, London, UK

Business divisions Emre worked for during the Graduate Programme:

  • Team Lombard, Switzerland
  • Desk UK International, Guernsey
  • Latin America and Israel Desk, Switzerland

Emre, why did you apply for the Julius Baer Graduate Programme?
"Following my university studies, I was keen to start my career with a graduate programme as I was interested in getting a broad insight into the banking industry. The Julius Baer Graduate Programme consists of three assignments, which allowed me to get practical insights into different departments and business lines and a good understanding of Julius Baer's processes and offerings. At the same time, it also gave me the opportunity to interact with different staff members from all over the world. This experience has proven valuable for my current position within Julius Baer and in achieving my personal career goals."

What did you like best about your function?
"As a graduate, I was involved in the daily business from day one and given the same responsibilities as my colleagues. During this time, I've experienced that the core values of the Bank are genuinely lived by my working colleagues: they were always helpful and willing to support me in my role as a graduate and I had the freedom to ask them as many questions as I needed. I was also given the opportunity to work in other departments which are related to my daily business, and to meet inspiring and impressing senior staff in networking events organised by the Graduate Programme."

What is important to you in your career?
"Personally, I define a professional career as a combination of both deep knowledge in banking-specific subjects and achieving a certain level within the Bank’s hierarchy after a certain period of time. There is no doubt that the Graduate Programme offered various opportunities to widen my know-how in finance: workshops, classroom trainings, and virtual courses pave the way for achieving my personal goals. On the other hand, the networking events within the Graduate Programme offered a unique opportunity to reach my ambitions to grow my contacts."

About the Julius Baer Graduate Programme
After a rigorous selection process, the successful applicants start the Julius Baer Graduate Programme in Private Banking, Advisory Solutions and Investment Management, Business Management or Information Technology. The programme lasts two years and comprises one six-month and two nine-month assignments. In addition to practical work, it includes focused training sessions on technical and social competencies. Regular gatherings with the other participants as well as with key people of the Bank are also part of the programme. The aim is to offer the graduates broad insights into the banking business, make them understand the dynamics of the financial industry in general and our firm in particular and thus best prepare them for a possible future career at Julius Baer.

Further information
Are you interested in learning more about the Julius Baer Graduate Programme? Our dedicated Graduate Programme Manager would be delighted to provide you with additional information.

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