Call me Ishmael.
No, actually don’t – that would be weird. My name is not Ishmael, it’s Aparajit Pandey (A.P. to everyone except my mother), and I am not chasing a white whale named Moby Dick. My white whale is actually High Finance and that’s why I’m here – and by here I mean Imperial College Business School. I’m an MSc Finance & Accounting student and I am one of the newly appointed Student Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 academic year – and it is my job to write about my experiences at the school.
Let’s start with a little bit about me. The basics are as follows – I was born the only son of an Indian diplomat and due to the nature of my father’s profession, I ended up traversing the globe and living in a number of countries during my childhood and adolescence. I attended the University of North Texas on an academic scholarship and earned two degrees – one in Accounting and one in Applied Statistics. After graduating I worked for a couple of years in consulting before coming to the realization that my true passion in life was actually finance. In order to pursue said passion, I decided that I needed to further my education by getting a postgraduate degree in the subject.
Which brings me to the present day and my attendance at Imperial College Business School. How did I end up here? The answer lies in the numbers, gentle reader. Specifically a few numbers that popped out to me when I started doing my research on which Masters programs I should apply to – 1, 11 and 96%. The number 1 is where the Finance program ranks in the UK according to the Financial Times Rankings. The number 11 is where the Finance program ranks in the World according to the same rankings. And the 96% – well that was my unofficial count of the MSc Finance Alumni placement into top tier jobs, according to LinkedIn. The scientific methodology might not be rigorous enough to pass the muster of some of our Imperial colleagues that work in the labs on campus, but it was enough to convince me.
And I was correct! Well, at least from what I’ve seen in the first month I’ve been at Imperial College Business School. Being in London has offered unparalleled access to employers and given us the opportunity to network with some of the leading professionals in the industries that we are interested in. Additionally, the careers services at the Business School have done an excellent job in bringing employers to us, with almost daily recruiting events. We’ve also received rigorous support from the career consultants including but not limited to reviews of our C.V.’s and Cover Letters, advice on how to best market ourselves to employers, and numerous mock interviews to put us through our paces before the real thing.
It’s not just the career services at Imperial that have been great. The quality of people in my cohort has been outstanding, but if I were to go into superlatives about my classmates, this post would extend too far, so I will save that for my next post. Until then my dear readers I leave you with the words of the great William Shakespeare – “Good Night! Good Night! Parting is such sweet sorrow”.
Aparajit is studying our MSc Finance & Accounting programme.