Jacob Liebmann Christensen
Studying MSc Finance & Accounting
Why did you choose to study MSc Finance and Accounting and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
When researching universities my key priorities for an MSc were undertaking a technically strong degree at a top university that in combination with an engaged community would position me well for a career in investment banking. Imperial College’s leading global position, the MSc Finance & Accounting’s practical approach to key topics and the location in central London made it clear that this was a great place for me to study. A wide and interesting selection of electives, a dedicated Career Service and a range of extracurricular activities only added to the compelling list of reasons to attend Imperial College Business School.
How do you view your experience of studying at Imperial since you left?
Now a bit of time has passed since I finished the MSc Finance & Accounting, I have gained valuable perspective on my time at Imperial. The year passed by at such a pace it was not until afterwards I could truly appreciate the great experience I had during the degree. Imperial developed me professionally as well as personally and I am often reminded of this when I run into current students and other alumni in London.
Can you recall a favourite memory from your time on the programme?
While there are plenty of events during the year, some of my best memories relate more to the everyday life of being an Imperial student. Spending time with the great friends I made on the programme whether working on various assignments, studying for exams or meeting up at the Union was what really made it an outstanding experience.
Career & professional development
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
I joined the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London immediately after finishing my MSc at Imperial. The degree has contributed significantly to my current job, as it helped build a great toolbox of especially corporate finance and accounting related knowledge, which I have been able to use every day.
What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?
The best part and most challenging aspect of my job is its versatility – no two days are the same. It is an honour to work with companies and management teams at some of the most critical junctures in their lifetimes at such an early point in my career. In combination with the fast-paced culture and outstanding colleagues this creates a very steep learning curve. Throw in a mix of analytical work and an organisation that encourages me to take on responsibility and you have an outline of why every week brings new, interesting challenges.
The alumni network
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
My fellow students were undoubtedly really what made the time at Imperial exceptional. To me, staying connected to the alumni network therefore really means spending time with some of my best friends. Being part of a great group of people sharing professional and personal experiences as well as a past at Imperial College is the best takeaway from a memorable year.