MSci Chemistry (Hons), UCL
Aviva Investors, Emerging Market Debt, Graduate
Your time at Imperial College Business School
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to study finance because it impacts so many areas. The importance of investment has been highlighted this year as various countries, particularly in the developing world, have reached out to supranationals and institutional investors to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
Imperial College was the obvious school of choice for my studies. I enjoyed the 2017 Summer School programme at the Business School because I had the opportunity to learn from industry professionals. The extra-curriculars offered at the world class business school offered me the opportunity to expand my understanding of the industry beyond the course as well.
What was the most important thing/learning point you took with you from the Business School? And the most surprising thing about the programme?
The most important thing I learnt was the importance of networking in and out of the classroom and I had to learn that very fast. The most surprising thing was the choice that was offered to pursue ventures beyond the Business School – I enjoyed the German evening classes very much!
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
Start applications to roles as early as possible to reduce pressure on yourself and use the Careers service as much as you can for interview prep and personal statement reviews. Remain focused, other people around you may be pursuing different paths to you and that’s fine. Focus on your path.
Tell us about your current job
How has your programme contributed to your career success?
The Student Investment Fund helped me with my internship because it taught me the basics of financial research. Furthermore, being in the fund ensured that I gained significant industry knowledge which assisted me in the interview for my internship
How do you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gained during the programme within your career going forward?
One of the most important skills I learnt from the programme, besides the technical knowledge which is very important of course, is networking and it was instrumental in converting my internship to a full-time position at my firm. Building relationships will be a skill I continue to develop in my career in and out of the office.
What do you enjoy most about your current work?
I enjoy being thrown in the deep end – I am a firm believer in learning by doing and my role and team have allowed me to develop a variety of skills and apply them.
What are the most exciting/difficult challenges facing your sector currently?
The COVID-19 crisis has affected the global economy and emerging markets that have high debt burdens are facing difficulties. Furthermore, financial crises reduce investor risk appetite so financial returns have been affected in this asset class.
What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?
I’ll never forget the first time I pitched an investment idea. I’ll also never forget the feeling of seeing the idea in action!
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
I’m proud of being an Imperial alumnus because this is a far-reaching, global network that is highly recognised. It is important to me because a lot of the Imperial alumni network helped me with my career aspirations while I was at the School. In fact, alumni members offered me useful advice when I was applying to the School itself. Them giving back helped me be where I am and I hope I can do the same as a member of the network.