BSc Accounting, University of Lagos
Investment Management Internship
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Prior to beginning with Imperial College Business School, I worked with the Deal Advisory team at KPMG in Nigeria advising companies on investment decisions across Africa with specific focus on Nigeria. I also interned with other finance houses in Lagos, Nigeria gaining invaluable experience working on transactions and honing my skills in finance.
Why did you decide to study MSc Finance & Accounting at Imperial College Business School?
I chose the MSc Finance and Accounting programme at the Business School for three main reasons. Firstly, because of the exceptional academic rigour offered by the Business School’s faculty. Secondly, because the programme offers a practical approach to finance, providing an opportunity to advance my financial and professional skills. Finally, studying in London gives me a unique platform to gain international exposure, expand my network and be a part of one of the most respected universities in the world.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
I enjoy being able to exchange ideas on coursework and learning with the pool of brilliant students that I study with. I also enjoy the enthusiasm from lecturers who are always eager to explain every detail of the subject matter and bring practical examples when explaining theories. The lecturers also put in extra hours where they answer questions and clear up any confusion students may have with the module content.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module has to be Private Equity and Venture Capital. This is largely because it is very hands-on and covers a part of finance that is very resilient and important to Africa’s development, having seen significant growth over the years. Beyond this, we have weekly guest speaker series where professionals share valuable insights about the financial sector, bringing real life perspective to the key learnings of the class.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part of the programme is the fact that I have developed skillsets that will be relevant to my career in the long term. I have found it especially useful taking on case studies and building financial models to help inform decisions related to these case studies. Overall, the programme is helping my career and professional growth as it holds me accountable for my learning objectives and requires me to measure my growth from each task.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme is having to balance all tasks and their respective deadlines together with extracurriculars and job-hunting. Also, I had to self-isolate longer than normal after arriving in London which wasn’t the best of experiences.
How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?
The multi-mode teaching delivery has been really effective as it allows for everyone to actively participate in the classes irrespective of their location and time zones. Personally, I have benefited from this as I completed the first term in Nigeria and did not miss out on so much as I would have otherwise. Imperial’s online study platform, The Hub, also allows for interactions among students and allows you track your progress when going through a module.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
With the ambiguity that has stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m yet to physically meet most of my classmates. There has, however, been lots of communication virtually and I’ve been struck by how helpful and supportive the students have been. Overall, I’d describe my cohort as nimble individuals who are highly motivated and genuinely invested in each other’s success.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Visiting Professor Ramana Nanda is my favourite lecturer because beyond being an outstanding teacher, I can say without a doubt I learn so much in his classes. He strives to deliver the best value and constantly checks in on students, seeking feedback on potential areas of improvement in the module delivery. Before studying at Imperial I had never had teachers so concerned about my growth and learning. I remember randomly receiving an unsolicited email from another lecturer to check in on my progress with the modules in class and that was something I found really thoughtful and impressive.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The greatest opportunity I have had at Imperial is the chance to be a co-host on the Imperial College Africa Business Club podcast where I get to interview professionals on their thoughts on the private equity, fintech and venture capitalist spaces in Africa. It has helped me to grow my network, actively develop my speaking skills and helped me learn about investments generally.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
Personally, every workshop and event I have attended at the Business School has been well thought out, curated with the students in focus and very valuable. The one that stands out for me is the Private Equity and Venture Capital module’s guest lecture series because it serves as a bridge between what we discuss in class and what is obtainable in the real world.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I took on the following roles at the Business School: Student Ambassador for the MSc Finance & Accounting programme, Equity Research Analyst at the Student Investment Fund and a co-host on the Imperial College Africa Business Podcast. They have all been good fun, valuable and allowed me to meet other like-minded people outside of my programme.
Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?
I have been able to socialise and meet with other students across programmes in the Business School and even Imperial College London as a whole by participating in social events and being a member of the Student Investment Fund. Making use of the gym at the South Kensington campus has also helped me to meet more students outside of my cohort.
How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?
The connection of the Business School to the other faculties of Imperial College London has been beneficial as it has provided me with mentors outside of the School. Beyond this, interacting with PhD students and even undergraduates I have met from the College has given me an opportunity to expand my network outside of finance and investing.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I look forward to building a career in the investment and capital markets space where I can continue building my skillset and potentially take on more responsibilities. This has been realised since joining Imperial through networking with alumni, attending seminars, career club events and other affiliations.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I will be interning with an investment management firm in London over the summer where I will be rotating across different teams and learning more about the global investment landscape.
How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?
Careers has been really helpful with providing guidance around bringing my CV and cover letters up to standard by giving feedback on content and structure. They have also helped with providing compulsory training, networking and career events where we have had professionals speak to us about opportunities at their firms. I also had interview preparation sessions with seasoned trainers and made use of the AI-powered video assessment preparatory tools. This has helped me better understand the dos and don’ts of pre-recorded interviews that have now become rampant following the pandemic.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
London is one of the most diverse and welcoming cities in the world. Studying in London gives you a never-ending list of networking opportunities and career events as London boasts some of the globe’s largest investment banks, asset management and venture capital firms. The fact that it is the headquarters for most technology and financial companies is immense and very few places in the world can match this. There are also are plentiful opportunities for students to reach out to or network with these companies to secure internships or full-time offers.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Queen’s Gate, South Kensington and chose this location for two reasons; firstly, its proximity to all of the Business School’s facilities – library, gym, lecture theatres, etc, and secondly for being at the heart of London connecting me to other tourist attractions, museums and parks.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not studying, I enjoy working out, exploring London and connecting with friends and family. I also hope to explore locations outside of London as I enjoy travelling and taking pictures of interesting architecture.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?
I started the programme virtually from Nigeria and moving to London has been very beneficial to me overall as I now have access to all the facilities and general student community, which I would not have had full access to in Nigeria. This includes access to facilities like the gym, library and in-person meetings with peers. My advice to those in a similar position would be to consider locations close to campus in order to fully utilise all the facilities at the Business School.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
I had the privilege to interact with students already in the Business School and attended a couple of online webinars which helped me clearly understand the entry requirements and how to go about meeting them. I do recommend that prospective students attend these events as they were quite useful in answering some of the practical questions I had at that time and building my expectations for the programme.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Do your research and get as much information as you can about the programme. The website, scheduled events, chats with alumni and communication with the programme managers are all very helpful to inform your decision. Reassess your motivation to pursue the programme you are applying to and clearly communicate how it will help you achieve your career goals post-graduation.