Fares Yamin, MSc Finance & Accounting 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Finance & Accounting

Nationality: Jordanian

Undergraduate education: BA Finance, University of Jordan

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

I did an assurance internship at PwC.

Why did you decide to study MSc Finance & Accounting at Imperial College Business School?

I felt that the breadth of modules on the MSc Finance & Accounting programme, accompanied by the Business School’s resources, would provide me with the knowledge and support I need to excel in my career. In addition, the diversity of the cohort was a big draw for me.


What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?

The faculty and lecturers are exceptional, and the cohort are really supportive of each other. The Business School social event at the Natural History Museumwas definitely a highlight.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I enjoyed the Mergers and Acquisitions module - it was intellectually challenging as well as providing practical insights into the acquisition process.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The individuals I have met. No matter who you are, you will find people at Imperial that think like you and, most importantly, meet people that will challenge the way you think.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The programme is rigorous and requires resilience; balancing the academic aspect of the programme with extracurricular activities was definitely a challenge.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Ambitious, hardworking, and delightful to be around.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

I found Professor David Miles’ lectures intellectually insightful, and the way he approached different topics and problems really broadened my way of thinking.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

As Chair of the Student Staff Committee, I have worked with a collaborative team of student leaders and had the opportunity to create positive change during my time at Imperial that will also leave a lasting impact, which is really great.

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

The Careers workshops were incredibly insightful, and guest lecturers from the Private Equity and Venture Capital module brought a lot of value.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

As the Student Staff Committee Chair of my programme, I worked alongside my fellow student leaders to ensure all the needs of the cohort are being met, which required collaboration with the programme team and exceptional students with an innovative mindset. Also, as a Dean’s Student Advisory Council member I had the opportunity to be part of many initiatives that encompassed the entire Business School and will leave a lasting positive impact.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?

Of course, these interactions are one of the most rewarding experiences I have had during my time at Imperial. I meet people from different programmes all the time, from attending Imperial social events to collaborating with students on my elective modules.

How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?

There are so many ways to interact with the wider College, and the Business School is always there to help connect you. The Business School plans events that are a great way of interacting with the wider College community.

How did you find the unprecedented switch to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Business School did a great job. The Business School’s leadership, complemented by quick and effective communication, was integral in this process. In addition, the Edtech team worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition.


What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I hope to get a role in investment banking, and Careers really helped me focus on the important things I needed to work on for my application.

How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?

The one-to-one aspect and expertise of Careers brought so much value to my professional development.

London Location

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?

Absolutely! I have been to many employer events that occurred in the employer’s offices, which I was able to attend due to my location.

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I live in Kings Cross. It’s one of the liveliest areas in London and Kings Cross station is probably the most connected station, making it easy to go wherever I want in London. Getting to Imperial is easy as South Kensington station is on the same tube line.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

There are so many things to do in London. Eating out, attending various social events, and experiencing the culture are just some of them.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

Moving to London is exciting but can also be quite hectic. London is very diverse and filled with opportunities. Use them!


What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Try to work out what you want and what you are good at, then place the programme in that puzzle. How does the programme fit and how can you add value to the Imperial community? Competition is high and getting admitted is step number one in an exciting journey. Good luck!

Programme: MSc Finance & Accounting

Nationality: Jordanian

Undergraduate education: BA Finance, University of Jordan