Mohamed Ellouze
MSc Finance

Studying MSc Finance

Why did you decide to do the MSc Finance programme?

In the summer of 2008, I joined Morgan Stanley as part of the off-cycle internship programme and worked there for a year. Some unprecedented events happened during that period and the financial industry was going through major changes. I wanted to be part of this new era and hence decided to further deepen my financial knowledge.

The MSc at Imperial College Business School attracted me for two reasons. First, it offered the possibility to have an education very much focused on Hedge Funds and Asset Management. Although I’ve enjoyed the time spent on the sell side, I couldn’t find a role that was appealing to me in the long run and the buy side (or investment related activities) seemed more suited to me.

Second, having already studied in an engineering school, I wanted to have exposure to something new (i.e. a business school) but without giving up on a rigorous education that emphasizes analytical and quantitative analysis. The Business School was the ideal place for that.

Career & professional development

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

Through the seminars and workshops organised by the School, I had the opportunity to meet with different high profile professionals who provided me with great insights into the industry and helped me to make decisions on my career path.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Careers and Professional Development Service?

The career service was extremely helpful at providing feedback on CVs and covering letters. Furthermore, the mock interviews boost your confidence and prepare you to deal with different types of questions.

The alumni network

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

I am still in touch with lot of people from the Business School. Some of them are very close friends and we try to meet regularly for a football game or drinks. With others, we try to catch up around launches/coffees in the City. The alumini events are also a great way of reconnecting with people.

Advice for future students

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

Make sure that you spend some time talking to industry specialists and professors in Finance before enrolling in the programme. The MSc offers various electives and can lead to a broad range of careers in Finance. This programme shouldn’t be viewed as an introduction to Finance. Personally, I think that the best way of making most of it is to have a vague idea about what type of job you want to do after graduating. That way, students can target the appropriate courses/electives and tailor their education accordingly.

MSc Finance 2010
Undergraduate education :

Engineering degree majoring in Finance and Economics, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Sales Trader, Morgan Stanley

Job after studying at Imperial College Business School :

Investment Analyst, Goldman Sachs