“The Graduate Programme challenged me on a daily basis”
“Not only did I get to work directly with clients or prospects, I was also challenged on a daily basis,” says Bettina Stahel about her journey with the Julius Baer Graduate Programme. Now working as a Business Manager for the Investment Management division, Bettina looks back at her experience with the Graduate Programme in this interview.
Bettina has been with Julius Baer since October 2014. Here’s her background at a glance:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Business divisions Bettina worked for during the Graduate Programme:
- Desk Basel, Switzerland
- Investment Solutions Group, Basel, Switzerland
- Business Development Asia, Singapore
Bettina, why did you apply for the Julius Baer Graduate Programme?
"I worked for a bank prior to completing my Master’s degree and the office atmosphere was unlike anything I had experienced before – incredibly professional and challenging, but also very kind and collegial. Furthermore, I believe that the private banking sector is changing and I wanted to be a part of this transformation and possibly contribute to it in the future. Julius Baer and its Graduate Programme seemed to offer me the best opportunities to develop both professionally and personally, and I feel this was confirmed during my interviews."
What did you like best about your function?
"I was given the opportunity to accompany a relationship manager to a prospect meeting and I had to answer the question: 'Why should someone pick Julius Baer over another private bank?' I will never forget that moment. Not only did I get to work directly with clients or prospects, which came with a great deal of responsibility, I was also challenged on a daily basis – again, both professionally and on a personal level. I hadn't realised how much of private banking was about understanding other people – their characteristics, habits, and interests – and learning from them."
What is important to you in your career?
"No matter what the future holds for me, I do not want to lose my integrity or the feeling of collegiality that the working atmosphere at Julius Baer has instilled in me. Beyond that, I am constantly striving to give my best and to overcome moments of self-doubt by challenging myself and working even harder."
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.
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.