Imperial College Business School MSc Finance alumna Rosabella Magat chose to study at the Business School due to its strong reputation, central location and unrivalled network.
MSc Finance has a proven track record in getting students the best graduate jobs in the financial services sector with 97% of our 2015 graduates gaining employment within three months of completing the programme. Greenhill Investment Banking Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst Rosabella Magat graduated from the Business School in 2013 and is one such example of how MSc Finance equips students with the technical and financial tools needed to be respected in the industry.
Ranked first in the UK and 11th in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Finance ranking 2015, MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School prepares graduates and young professionals for a wide range of careers in the highly competitive, yet rewarding, financial services sector.
This strong reputation, combined with its location within a global business district is what attracted Rosabella to relocate from the USA to London to undertake an MSc Finance at the Business School. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Economics in California, Rosabella wanted to build upon her foundation in finance, while taking advantage of Imperial’s networking opportunities. “The Business School provided a great blend of quantitative rigour in the core courses and a variety of applied learning in the vast selection of electives. The schedule of networking events was also a benefit, with proximity to London based firms an added bonus,” she recalls.
MSc Finance greatly contributed to my foundational knowledge of finance and the technical and analytical nature of the programme has very much helped me on the job.
MSc Finance combines the latest research, practical application and a broad range of topics to provide students with a unique and challenging experience. In addition to the core modules, students have the opportunity to customise their degree through elective subjects. “I enjoyed the electives the most as I was able to tailor these to suit my specific career interests,” Rosabella says.
Prior to her full-time employment at Greenhill in London, Rosabella secured a summer internship with the company, followed by a 10 week internship at JP Morgan, both of which she attributes to the Business School. “These were both fantastic learning opportunities and would not have been possible without the experience I had at Imperial College Business School,” she explains.
“The Careers and Professional Development Service helped in preparing me for interviews. There were many one to one sessions and CV reviews that helped in providing a sound board before going into interviews. It also helped in providing networking opportunities that either resulted in interviews or helped me in meeting professionals from the industry and understanding more about their career paths,” Rosabella says of the Business School’s Careers and Professional Development Service, which is dedicated to providing continuous support and guidance tailored to individual students’ needs.
Since commencing her full-time role Rosabella has had the opportunity to take part in Greenhill’s Analyst Training Programme in New York City, in addition to gaining in-depth knowledge about a diverse range of industries.
Rosabella has been able to apply the strong quantitative foundation and hands-on training gained from studying MSc Finance to her current role. “MSc Finance greatly contributed to my foundational knowledge of finance and the technical and analytical nature of the programme has very much helped me on the job,” she says. “At a very junior level, I’ve been able to interact with CEOs/CFOs and other Executive level management at large publicly traded organisations.”
In addition to professional networking opportunities, Imperial places a large emphasis on the importance of networking with students, staff and alumni. “There are a host of networking opportunities that I would highly recommend students actively attend. Whilst not every networking opportunity might directly result in an interview, there is a lot to learn from meeting professionals within the industry,” Rosabella explains. “Inside the classroom there were many opportunities for group assignments, which helped form bonds with fellow students. This was also a useful experience in the context of interviews, as many companies tend to seek out individuals who are able to thrive in group environments.”
When interviewing with prospective employers, Rosabella describes the convenience of living and studying in the culturally diverse city of London: “Living in London made it very convenient to network and attend interviews throughout the week alongside taking classes. From a social and cultural aspect London has an infinite amount to offer – from museums, the arts, world-class dining and a vivid nightlife.”
The Careers and Professional Development Service helped in providing networking opportunities that either resulted in interviews or helped me in meeting professionals from the industry and understanding more about their career paths
For an international student, living in London also provides opportunities to discover Europe and interact with other students from around the globe. “Coming from the US, living in London also gave me great access to travel throughout Europe on the weekends,” she says.
“I also enjoyed meeting other students from a diverse set of backgrounds and have continued to stay close to the friends I made during the programme.”
Attracting high calibre students from around the world, Imperial College Business School provides the opportunity to form meaningful and lasting relationships that are both professionally and personally enriching. “A number of my classmates also work in London and we meet regularly. I’ve made very good friends with some students and we’ve planned group holidays together,” she says.
With its broad range of topics, practical application and latest research, the MSc Finance is a unique and challenging experience. Imperial College Business School’s strong corporate connections with leading companies provide practical opportunities for students to build skills and confidence. For any prospective MSc Finance students, Rosabella has a couple of useful tips: “I would advise prospective students to really take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Business School, both inside and especially outside of the programme. I would also advise students to never give up; whilst the financial services is very competitive, the Business School’s reputation and the support provided by the Careers department can really help students to stand out amongst the crowd.”