Wutthiyo Chanchaochai

Wutthiyo Chanchaochai

Academic and industry experience before Imperial

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

After my Bachelor degree, I worked as an Assistant to the CEO at a publishing and PR company, my family businesses, for about two years. When I realised that my family businesses did not suit me, I quit and became an analyst in a boutique investment bank for one and a half years.

Why did you decide to study an MSc in Finance & Accounting and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

Corporate finance is what I’m most interested in within the whole field of finance. I believed MSc Finance & Accounting would equip me with the tools to succeed and I was right. The fact that I studied and worked in a finance field before made it harder for me to choose a university – it had to be a university that could provide more than what I already know. Not many universities would have the quality to do so and I believe Imperial is definitely one of them.

Studying MSc Finance & Accounting

What makes the MSc Finance & Accounting at Imperial College Business School unique?

To live up to the classic reputation of Imperial College, students in MSc Finance & Accounting have to study many quantitative modules and have to be able to at least code well using Matlab. There are also many highly quantitative/coding elective modules for students to take.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

The programme takes me out of my comfort zone to give me an in-depth knowledge of coding and other quantitative elements, which I believe will be very useful in my future career.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging parts are the quantitative/coding modules; a lot of practice is needed to do well.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Private Equity & Venture Capital module is my favourite as it has been the field in which I wish to have the chance to work in. The module serves as a very solid practical background.

Guest speakers

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

Many events have been very useful, however A Practical Class in Stock Analysis & Pitching workshop really stood out. I really enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend everyone to attend.

The Faculty

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

James Sefton, the MSc Finance & Accounting Programme Director, is by far my favourite lecturer. Unfortunately he only teaches one foundation course, however he has been very helpful and is eager to give us the best quality of education at Imperial.

Your Cohort

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment, whether it be group assignments or class discussions?

Group work at Imperial provides a good learning experience by simulating real life situations where you are required to work with others to contribute your ideas to show your value to employers.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Smart people with confidence and unique personalities

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

I’m the Chair of the Student Staff Committee of MSc Finance & Accounting. I also joined the Finance Club and regularly attend its events, which are very interesting and useful.

Opportunities from studying at Imperial

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?

Studying at Imperial College has been the greatest opportunity in itself. Everything that the Business School provides (e.g. college prime location, complete facilities, Career & Professional Development Service, quality of education, clubs, etc.) are combined into an experience that surely only a few universities in this world can do.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

There are many clubs for students to enrol to make the best of student life and meet people from other programmes. Being the Chairman of Student Staff Committee has given me opportunities to do more in this community and increase my leadership skills.

Career goals and jobs

How have you benefited from the services provided by Careers?

I once went to a one-to-one consultation with the Careers team and it was very good. I found it very assuring to have career experts assisting us in every step of the job application.

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

I would like to become a trusted financial adviser. Imperial definitely has provided me with a solid foundation and network to reach my goal.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

I received a scholarship from Bangkok Bank PCL, a commercial bank in Thailand, to study at Imperial and will be returning to work there once I graduate from programme.

Where do you see yourself upon completing the programme?

I believe in five to 10 years, it will be an exciting time for investment banks in the Southeast Asia region as the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economies grow and integrate more completely into the ASEAN Economic Community. Among the issues more relevant for corporate and investment banks will be the free flow of capital and removal of unnecessary regulations in the finance industry throughout ASEAN. I have found airlines (short-haul regional airlines in particular) to be an interesting business and expect it to face booming demand in Southeast Asia in the future as consumption increases along with growing income. If I have not found another industry or product group to be as interesting, I expect to be an airlines/transportation banker, a trusted financial adviser to my own network of aviation clients.

Life as a student in London

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

Studying in the centre of one of the world financial hubs certainly provides many benefits. I’ve had the ability to visit companies and attended interesting seminars with ease. I also believe that one of the main reasons Imperial can invite so many guest speakers to the Business School is because of its prime location.

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

I live in Griffon Studios (Clapham Junction). I choose to live here because it provides very good facilities and security. It’s only 40 minutes, and one bus ride, away.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?

London is a big city that you can never grow bored of. There are museums, sightseeing, great restaurants and much more for you to enjoy during your weekends.

In your opinion, tell us about the most exciting, undiscovered place in London.

Kingston-upon-Thames is my favourite place. If you want to take a break from studies and need somewhere peaceful to rest, I would definitely recommend this place.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?

Weather is the most challenging part of London living; three seasons in one day is possible. Despite the weather, there is so much to do in London, so my only advice is to not stay in your room – go out there and use this opportunity to explore this lovely city.

Advice for future students

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?

All four of Imperial’s Finance programmes are absolutely fine, however I suggest that you should spend some time researching each of them to know their major differences and choose the one that most suits your career aspirations.

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?

I did not attend the sessions but I did ask my friends (who are Imperial alumni) about the details of each programme before I made my choice. If you do not know any alumni, I would definitely recommend you attend the information sessions so you can make the right choice.

Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!

Know your capability! A Master’s degree is not too hard as long as you have enough discipline. Make sure you know how many days you have to read in order to do well in exams and stick to that timeline. Enjoy your life in the UK and neighbouring countries to the fullest.

Wutthiyo Chanchaochai

MSc Finance & Accounting 2014 – 15

Nationality: Thai

Undergraduate education: BBA, Mahidol University

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