MUFG prides itself on recruiting from a diverse talent pool and we promote an inclusive environment, where individuality is recognised and valued. Below you can hear from some of our recent recruits about their experience of joining our bespoke graduate programme and working at one of the world's leading banks.
Stefanie graduated with an MSc in International History from LSE and an LLM from Peking University. After completing her graduate education, she joined our graduate rotation programme, which took her from Turkish healthcare to aviation finance and conduit securitisation.
I applied for the 21-month programme because it gave me the chance to gain experience in a number of different practice areas and build connections throughout the bank.
I have now finished my four rotations, each of which has given me insight into corporate and investment banking. I have been part of projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Notably, I was involved in Turkish healthcare public-private partnerships, multi-jurisdictional securitisation, and aviation financing.
Being able to work with different teams across the business has given me the opportunity to establish a network I can tap into even after moving onto my next placement. Along the way, MUFG has supported my development and helped shape my career path. Having placements in different departments, as well as individual training sessions, has enabled me to focus my career ambitions.
The bank's mentoring scheme has allowed me to exchange ideas and glean benefits from my mentor that are invaluable in my current role. All these elements – the training, the on-the-job experience, and the support – are evidence of the inclusive and collegial culture MUFG has built.
At the moment, I am working with my colleagues on several initiatives, including expanding into new markets. Outside of my core responsibilities, as the founder of MUFG's Arts and Culture Club, I am looking forward to growing the club by taking advantage of London's diverse cultural offerings.
Jannis graduated with a Masters in Finance from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He applied to our graduate programme because of the level of responsibility given from day one. Jannis has worked on a number of deals across various products, industries and currencies, and is currently studying for his CFA exam.
I applied for MUFG's graduate programme because I wanted to join a bespoke programme where I was given responsibilities from day one – responsibilities that not all have the chance to take on at the beginning of their career. Given the smaller graduate intake I was able to grow faster, have more exposure and work with different people on a daily basis on a variety of different projects.
The four week initial training with the graduates from Hong Kong and New York helped me to expand my network across the company and different locations and better understand the mechanics and values of the bank. More specifically, the relationships I built with the Capital Markets graduates from our other offices during the training phase enabled me to learn from their knowledge and contacts and subsequently leverage the full Capital Markets platform.
MUFG frequently organise lunches/'coffee times' with Senior Management, providing an opportunity to interact with senior leaders and inspirational colleagues across MUFG. At these events, I had the chance to speak to EMEA's CEO, CFO and our global head of Capital Markets, learning more about MUFG, our unique culture and our goals going forward.
So far I have worked on deals across various products, industries and currencies. I have had the chance to work on Senior and Subordinated Debt pitches, USD 144a and EUR transactions and take part in Strategic Finance discussions across all major industries.
Outside of my day-to-day role, I am currently studying for my CFA level II exam. MUFG is also supporting me with an individual training plan to gain a deeper understanding of fixed income products and get the knowledge, skills and experience needed in today's global capital markets.
I am looking forward to growing with and within MUFG.
Chris joined us after graduating with a BSc in Financial Economics from the Universities of Leicester and Valencia. He applied to our programme because of the opportunity to try numerous disciplines. He takes an active part in our corporate social responsibility projects and is the President of the bank's public speaking group.
The way the graduate programme rotates you through several different postings was the deciding factor for me. I wanted to experience a number of areas before choosing the team I wanted to develop my career with.
The limited intake of the scheme was also a key point. I thought it would give me more exposure and a greater chance of being seen as a key part of a team, rather than one graduate in a crowd.
Working with all these different teams has helped me to pin down the business area that appealed to me most. From day one, you're given a level of responsibility that's invaluable at the start of your career. The 5-month placements offer an unparalleled insight in to what that role would involve if you were to join that team permanently after the scheme.
I've worked in Project Finance, Strategic Finance, International Banking and in Sector Coverage within the Healthcare and Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors. From the financing of offshore windfarms to being part of the deal teams on major M&A across EMEA, the range of projects I have worked on has been incredibly varied.
Now that I've chosen to start my career with Strategic Finance, I have set myself some tough targets for the year, so I'm looking forward to achieving those.
Outside of the day-to-day role, there's huge number of CSR initiatives and social groups to get involved with. Try and get involved with as much as you can. Personally, I'm part of the mentoring scheme for a local school and also help to run the bank's public speaking group.
Lin joined MUFG after completing a BSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Risk and Stochastics at the London School of Economics. She was attracted to the programme after meeting MUFG employees at an LSE campus recruitment event.
I applied for the graduate programme because it provided an opportunity to rotate across different departments and gain hands-on experience and exposure to a wide range of tasks.
Since joining MUFG, I have been involved in a variety of regulatory capital related projects, such as the Basel III implementation, and forward looking regulatory developments. I have worked with the front office and colleagues in Tokyo on a high-profile Sales and Trading project that was very rewarding, and support the business to develop new products on a daily basis.
I have developed a number of transferable skills and established a network to support me in my career development. Working closely with colleagues from across the front office and support functions, and from a number of our international offices, has given me an in-depth insight into MUFG and the markets that we operate in. In addition, MUFG's mentoring scheme has provided a useful channel to exchange ideas with other employees.
At the moment, I am working on a few projects to prepare for the evolving regulatory landscape, and I continue to support the business and new transactions while focusing on developing my technical and soft skills.
I like to get involved in a variety of CSR initiatives, including the company's student mentoring programme and a Code Club run by MUFG employees at a local primary school.