Gladys Lee
MSc Finance

Studying MSc Finance

Why did you choose to study MSc Finance and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

The Imperial College Business School MSc Finance programme attracted me because it strikes an optimal balance between finance theory, mathematical rigour and real world application. In contrast to other general MSc Finance programmes in London, the programme offered at Imperial involves the use of programming in understanding and building up pricing tools, and this was certainly one of the skills I lacked. Imperial College London also has a great reputation in Asia, thus I am able to leverage its brand name.

Career & professional development

How has the Business School helped develop your career? 

The programme has given me broader knowledge of different asset classes and derivatives, and how these instruments are priced. The programme also enhanced my analytical skills which I have applied in developing market commentary and trade ideas.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?

Through the years, my work scope has involved speaking with portfolio managers from hedge funds and corporates, with a specialisation in Foreign Exchange. Clients have grown increasingly technically savvy and prudent. Being aware of developments in different asset classes and how that impacts currencies, keeping up with regulatory and liquidity changes in the financial markets, coming up with appropriate trade and hedging ideas in a timely fashion, are some of the key challenges I face on the job.
I enjoy the fast-paced environment and camaraderie on the trading floor, and working with intelligent people – be they traders in pricing and execution, or clients with whom I have a meaningful discussion on the markets, to name a few.

The alumni network

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? / What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

Whenever we get together, besides chillaxing and reminiscing old times, we often keep one another updated on developments in the various industries that we work in. We also broaden our global networks by passing on introductions to new friends. The ‘special connection’ is also valuable as some members of my alumni network have coincidentally gone on to become work associates.

Advice for future students

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?

  1. Invest your course fees wisely—give serious thought to how the MSc Finance programme complements your interests and career plan before applying.
  2. Even non-techies can benefit from, and excel in, this program – statistical and mathematical models may seem overwhelming at first but it makes intuitive sense if you constantly relate what is being taught to its use in industry.
  3. Prior work experience in the financial markets certainly helped me investigate the ‘right’ questions to facilitate my learning.
  4. Once accepted onto the programme, make use of every opportunity to actively tap the brains of professors and fellow course mates, as well as the valuable resources available in the library and the new campus!
MSc Finance 2010
Undergraduate education :

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons), National University of Singapore

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Institutional Sales

Job after studying at Imperial College Business School :

Institutional Sales