Markus Rutishauser, M.B.A. ’95, is a self-employed wealth manager. Rutishauser recently sat down with The Merrick Exchange and shared some thoughts about his career.
M.E: Where did you get your start? What led to your current position?
Rutishauser: I began at the Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich as an intern which then led to a foreign exchange internship and subsequent trading positions at UBS. After the internships I got a job at Maryland National Bank and then onto Campbell & Co., Inc as an alternative investment manager. I am currently a self-employed wealth manager.
M.E: Why was UB the right choice for you?
Rutishauser: There are many factors in choosing a school but I found that UB’s location, class availability and the program’s distinguished reputation were my top reasons for attending the UB M.B.A.
M.E: How has attending UB helped you in your career?
Rutishauser: I gained the skills, competencies and financial and economic theories needed to perform at a high level in the workforce. The UB MBA program also taught me to multi-task and balance priorities between work and personal life.
M.E: Is there a business class that you would want to take today that you didn’t have a chance to take previously?
Rutishauser: I’d like to take a course that expanded my knowledge in economic theory as well as a course that included a broad range of topics in the field of technical financial analysis and that would lead to the Certified Market Technician certification.
M.E: What advice would you give to students who might want to pursue a career in your field but are undecided?
Rutishauser: First, I’d suggest that students build a network of financial market professionals starting with an internship. If possible, learn from mentors at several financial institutions so that you obtain a diverse trading background.
M.E: What's the one job-hunting secret you wish all students knew?
Rutishauser: The importance of networking and building a Rolodex of contacts.