Jin Yuejue graduated from UBC Journalism in 2003. Fresh out of j-school, she landed a prestigious internship with the Toronto Star. After completing her internship with the Star Yuejue moved to Shanghai where she worked as a correspondent and fixer for various news outlets — including the New York Times. She currently works at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong.
Can you tell us a bit about your current role?
I’m now working for J.P. Morgan Asset Management in Hong Kong as the vice president in APAC Product Strategy team. My responsibilities include competitive analysis, industry trend research as well as product design and positioning.
What other positions have you held since graduating from j-school?
I worked for Wen Wei Po (a Hong Kong-based newspaper) as the Shanghai correspondent and then for New York Times as its China business researcher. I also worked for J.P. Morgan Asset Management as an investment writer before taking up the current role.
You were the first international student from the school to land an internship at a major media outlet. Can you talk about your experience at the Toronto Star?
It was challenging yet very interesting experience. Unlike the other interns at the time who were asked to do daily assignments, I was mainly working on feature stories. I covered several topics including multi-culture and the challenges new immigrants face. This summer internship actually led to a long-term relationship with the Star. After I graduated and came back to China, I continued to freelance for the Toronto Star for several years.
How did your j-school experience help you transition into your career?
A global perspective and analytical skills are probably the most important things that I picked up from j-school. These skills can be applied to many professional fields.
Would you recommend the j-school? If so, why?
Yes, I would. It’s a great program and the faculty are very helpful. Plus, it’s a beautiful campus.