Hello to all you curious readers and welcome to my first blog post! Now, before we get to the more exciting details…it is probably a good idea to first introduce myself! My name is Sharanya (known by most as Sharan) and I was born in Reading, England (home to the infamous Reading Music Festival… which I would advise NO ONE to go to unless you enjoy mud and torrential downpours). For my undergrad, I studied Economics at Surrey University – with a little bit of work experience here and there in multi-asset and equity research during this time – and now I am currently pursuing the MSc Finance programme at Imperial College Business School!
“Hey Sharan, so why MSc Finance and why Imperial College Business School?” Excellent questions! Well, I have always been intrigued by financial markets and following my internships at State Street and Goldman, I was pretty set on pursuing a career in Investment Management. A masters in Finance seemed to be the best programme for me to study topics that I am particularly interested in and to develop the technical skills that would set me up for working in this industry. As for choosing Imperial? Well that was pretty much a no-brainer. Aside from its impeccable reputation and for being in the best city in the world (not being biased at all…), Imperial’s MSc Finance programme was ranked NUMBER ONE in the UK y’all! I was completely sold!
We’ve just completed the foundation modules – these included Business Valuation, Markets & Securities, Financial Modelling, Matlab and Finance Industry workshops – which allows everyone to be on the same level before we begin the core modules. The quality of the teaching and the support of the Business School team has been brilliant! You can clearly see how much work and effort they put in to ensure we get the best over the year!
Highlights so far? The recruitment events and careers services have been excellent! The careers team offers everything from learning how to write a first-class CV and cover letter to intensive interview workshops with a former UBS Managing Director– so you can rest easy knowing that help is at hand if you need it! Plus, recruitment events and careers fairs with some of the biggest banks and consultancies in the world have given us the opportunity to learn more about what they offer and expect from prospective analysts.
The diversity across the course is insane – with probably about 98% being international students and the rest from England (I’m only one of a few Brits in the programme!). Although it has only been just over a month, I have made friends with some of the most wonderful, determined people I have ever met. And this is incredibly important – as you’ll come to realise that these group of friends will also be a base for a strong network for your future!
I hope this blog post has been a helpful intro duction to life as a Master’s student at the Business School. My time here so far has been eye-opening to say the least and I definitely would recommend this course to anyone who is interested. But, if you are still unsure or have any questions at all – about the course, Imperial College Business School, living in London or even the best clubs, restaurants and bars to go – then I’m your girl! Feel free to comment, Facebook, Instagram (or Snapchat if you’re that eager). AND if there is anything that you would like to know more about, then please do let me know!
Until next time, have a good one!
Sharanya is studying our MSc Finance programme.