Programme: MSc Finance & Accounting
Undergraduate education: BSc, Economics & Finance, Bocconi University
Job after Imperial College Business School: Advisory & Restructuring Analyst, PJT Partners UK
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
After completing my Bachelor’s at Bocconi, I realised that I wanted to take some time to better understand my interests and increase my self-awareness. Therefore, I took one year off to gain some experience. I spent three months at Edmond de Rothschild, one summer in New York working at the Italian Consulate and eventually I joined PwC for six months.
Why did you decide to study an MSc in Finance & Accounting and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I decided to come to Imperial for its long standing connections with employers and companies in the UK. One of the real advantages is the opportunity to attend all the events and fairs organised by the school. Meeting and talking directly with firms’ representatives and establishing real connections with recruiters and professionals have been extremely helpful during my job search. The London location is a great plus and the campus is beautiful. I also personally appreciated the interaction I had with students from different programmes in the university. Imperial gave me a much more open perspective compared to a standard business school.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was Private Equity and Venture Capital. The professor was engaging and the guest speaker series was extremely interesting and useful. The overall approach to the subject was really practical and pragmatic.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme has been dealing with the university workload (i.e. coursework, exams, classes, workshops) and the job search.
Did you attend an international trip? If so, which trips did you attend and how have they been beneficial to you?
I went to Dubai for my international elective in Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners. We had the chance to visit the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), and meet colleagues working in the UAE. I learnt a lot about the local practices and financial reality. Most importantly, we had a great time exploring and enjoying the city as a group. We made good memories.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
At Imperial, I learnt a lot not only attending classes and studying for exams, but mostly from my classmates. I was surrounded by brilliant, rounded people. We were all coming from different countries and backgrounds, but we shared common interests and ambitions. I made good friends, who truly supported me throughout the whole year.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
The diversity, the interaction, the cultural mix and the skill-set mix.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Imperial College Business School Careers, the events and the people I have met during firm presentations and my friends have been an invaluable help for both my professional and personal development. I had the chance to participate in a dinner with some faculty members, alumni and students. The day after I had an interview. Four weeks after I had a full-time offer.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?
Imperial Consulting Club, Imperial Finance Society, Imperial Women in Business Society.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
In the long-term, I would really like to build something that’s mine. In the short term, I want to acquire experience, networks and resources. I decided to start working in financial advisory and restructuring. Imperial provided me with the tools to be in the position to choose where I wanted to start my career.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I received a full time offer from Bain & Co and PJT Partners. I decided to start at PJT as an Advisory & Restructuring Analyst.
How did the services from Imperial College Business School Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
Careers allowed me to strengthen and practice my interview skills. They provided me with all the necessary material and support to perform well during the selection process.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
Despite Brexit, I think London is still the main financial centre in Europe. Being based here gave me a faster and easier access to the job world in the UK.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I lived in Chelsea because of its proximity to the campus.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Finding a good apartment and all the related paperwork have been pretty complicated. Start your search in advance and go to see the flat in person.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
They were useful to refresh and strengthen my previous knowledge. Highly recommended.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
First, “it does not matter if you get a thousand rejections, you only need one offer.” Second, enjoy your last year as students as much as you can! Imperial is a great place to do so.