Jan Hofmann, Executive Director, UBS
4 October 2021
In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Jan Hofmann, Executive Director at UBS in Singapore (SG). USI Degree: Master in Financial Communication, 2006 and 4-years degree in Communication Sciences, 2002.
How did you start your career?
I started my career back in 2006 as part of the Graduate Talent Program (GTP) which allows graduates with no professional experience to jumpstart their career by working in different parts of the bank through a rotational program and valuable networking opportunities.
Why did you choose a career in UBS?
I choose UBS as it was (and still is) the leading private banking globally. The opportunities for internal mobility that such a large international institution offers was also a key determinant for my choice.
What is your current role/duties?
Managing the relationships of some key clients of the bank and providing them with financial advice to protect and grow their wealth.
In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career in UBS?
Flexibility, self management and initiative, internal networking, resilience.
What positive aspects and qualities meant most to you during the study programme you attended?
Multi-disciplinary curriculum, culture of innovation and personal contact with the professors.
What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?
The USI study program helped me developing big picture thinking which is crucial in business today.
What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?
Never stop developing yourself and learning new skills given how fast-moving and competitive the current job market is.