Farha Rajeev, MSc Finance & Accounting 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School
MSc Finance & Accounting

BA Accountancy and Finance, Heriot-Watt University, Dubai

About you

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

During my undergraduate studies, I worked at a luxury e-commerce retailer and dealt with operations in Dubai, India and Saudi Arabia. I’ve also done a financial modelling internship at a management consultancy. Further to that I completed an assurance internship at Grant Thornton.

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

Having done an internship in financial modelling, I was quite excited to pursue a career in corporate finance. I felt the need to be equipped with stronger technical and practical skills. The MSc Finance & Accounting programme has a very rounded set of modules. The emphasis on skills such as coding is vital for employability. The key decision factor was the diverse cohort and reputation of the College.


What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

During class the professor always makes sure to explain the practical application of the concept we are studying. This is reflected in the coursework which forces you to think and allows you to display individual creativity when finding a solution to a practical problem. The syndicate group system allows you to meet diverse individuals and helps you manage the demanding nature of the programme.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I enjoyed taking the Investments and Portfolio Management module, taught by Professor David Miles CBE. The module pushed me out of my comfort zone as it dealt with statistics, which helped me enhance my understanding of the subject. The professor constantly provided us with insights into the industry and made us think about the application of the topics we were studying. The coursework was quite interesting as it put us in the shoes of a portfolio manager.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

As you successfully meet each deadline, you come to realise it was only possible due to the collective effort of your team and your ability to manage yourself. At the end of the programme, you become confident in dealing with problems and know how to face issues head-on.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

There is a constant struggle in balancing academics, social life and extra-curricular activities.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

The multi-mode teaching gives you the flexibility to manage your time more effectively. I would use my online teaching days to keep on track with my modules and attend a vast number of workshops. For my days on campus, I would use them to interact with the cohort and meet individuals I connected with online, through clubs and workshops.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Smart, goal-oriented and supportive. Despite a multimodal teaching approach, there is no limit to interaction with the cohort. This is partly because there is no hesitation within the cohort to reach out and connect.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Dr Savitar Sundaresan is an excellent educator. He approaches concepts in a very logical and unique manner.


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

Careers is excellent and consists of individuals who really are the best at what they do. They truly address your efforts and push you to become the most employable version of yourself.

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

My experience with workshops so far has been excellent. I have been able to attend a lot of interesting events, from disruption in the beauty industry, to a professional communication workshop with Simon Bucknall.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?

I am part of the Consulting Club. I worked with students across the globe as we cracked several case studies. I am also a part of the Student Content Creator scheme, where I am currently working on my first article about the online learning experience at Imperial!

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

There are boundless opportunities to interact with students across different programmes. You can often meet them during career workshops, or club-held events. You will also meet them during some electives.


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

I hope to break into the management consulting scene. Careers have helped me identify key skills I need to work on and create a roadmap guide to applications.

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

There are workshops held throughout the year, often specific to the roles you want to apply to. The one-to-one sessions have helped me address my concerns and strategise my job search.

London Location

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

I live in Earls Court. It’s a well-connected area with a big student community. I love taking a 30-minute walk in the morning to the university.

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

I often take long strolls and explore a new part of London every weekend with friends. I enjoy eating out and trying out new cuisines.

What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

If it is your first time moving out, the experience can be quite daunting. There is a joy and sense of accomplishment in becoming independent. The city is beautiful and offers you diverse experiences. I suggest incoming students socialise and network, so they have a support system to fall back on during challenging times.


Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?

I did not attend online webinars, but I made the effort to network with alumni and made sure the programme aligned with my professional and personal goals. I suggest students reach out to Student Ambassadors and ask them about their experience with the programme.

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

Go for it and apply! It is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, learn new things and work on yourself.

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MSc Finance & Accounting

BA Accountancy and Finance, Heriot-Watt University, Dubai