Katie Fang

 

MSc Economics and Strategy for Business 2013

Katie FangName: Katie (Wei) Fang

Programme studied: MSc Economics and Strategy for Business

Nationality: Chinese

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor degree (Boston University, School of Management; Major in Finance)

 Employment before studying at the Business School: N/A

Employment after studying at the Business School: Corporate Banking Department, Bank of China

Why did you choose to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School?

Coming from a finance background, I developed an interest in the growth of corporations through my undergraduate studies. In the meanwhile, my previous internship experience in Corporate Strategy team in Nomura, which is an Asian investment bank that was eagerly transforming itself into a global player through the acquisition of Lehman Brother during the worst financial crisis in human history, had inspired me to pursue further study on organisational culture, corporate executives’ behaviour, and how the macro-economic environment can affect businesses.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying here?

It’s just as the old saying goes: ‘Work hard, play hard’. I would say to them to enjoy London as much as possible, especially if you are interested in arts. London’s art exhibitions/museums can not only bring the most authentic and rare pieces to your doorsteps, but also deliver a vivid experience that can always lift your soul.

What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?

What I miss the most are the people. The diversity of student body has guaranteed a year of constantly encountering people who are full of sparkling ideas. In retrospective, I learned the most during those intense discussions with my classmates I had during those cold winter afternoons in the Business School’s cafeteria.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?

From developing my interviewing skills to expanding my personal network with professionals in related fields of my study, I have benefitted a lot through Career and Professional Development’s activities such as bringing company representatives to campus, organising mock interviews, and information sessions.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?

What I enjoy the most about my work is that it gives me an opportunity to understand the constantly changing economic environment. As a Relationship Manager in the Commodity sector at the Bank of China, Hong Kong’s Corporate Banking division, I feel very blessed to be given the trust and responsibility by the people around me to cover several Hong Kong listed Chinese clients’ banking activities. The most challenging thing about my job is to be able to make a quick judgement or conclusion given limited information and time.