BSc Electrical Engineering, University of Florida
Financial Analyst, PCE Investment Bankers
Associate, Houlihan Lokey
Studying MSc Finance
Why did you choose to study MSc Finance and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I chose to study at Imperial College Business School because of the world class reputation of the programme and the School’s relationship with key professionals in the City. Coming from an Engineering background and already having work experience allowed me to focus on classes that utilised quantitative and numerical methods that most other business schools do not teach.
What advice would you give to a student studying MSc Finance?
My advice is to take advantage of the career resources department as early as possible. Although we are in a challenging economic climate, the majority of my classmates had a job before they graduated from the programme – many in the area that was their first choice. Many of the top investment banks and financial institutions in the City recruit from Imperial, so it is definitely a great place to either begin a career in finance or hone your skill set in a new functional area.
Career & professional development
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Careers and Professional Development Services Team?
I benefited from the interesting speakers and opportunities to interact with professionals at School sponsored social events. The School’s relationships and professional development services made it easy to move from the USA and gain an attractive position at a multi-national investment bank after graduation.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I enjoy travelling to different countries and interacting with unique and diverse cultures. It is very interesting to work on projects that are consistently on the cover of each day’s newspapers. The challenges this poses are staying abreast of current events and keeping myself apprised of new developments in the market.
The alumni network
What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?
Very important—the people that are the analysts and associates today are the future MDs and Directors of tomorrow. All things being equal, people like to do business with people that are their friends. As such, it is not only good personally to maintain friendships through the alumni network, but it also makes good business sense.