What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before joining the Business School, I worked as a Securities Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs. This internship gave me a unique glimpse into global markets, allowing me to truly understand what skills, attributes and personalities thrive on the trading floor. Most importantly it cemented my ambition to work within trading. I rotated on a variety of trading and sales desks, from Natural Gas to European Interest Rates Trading.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School after completing your undergraduate studies at Imperial?
There were a number or reasons Imperial Business School appealed to me, from the numerous electives on offer to the optional VBA and C++ modules. The emphasis on quantitative methods and programming was the most attractive part of the programme, as it would allow me to further develop my technical abilities not only pertaining to finance but also data analysis and statistics. I believe these are critical skills required to thrive in the ever evolving world of trading and asset management.
Did you receive a scholarship? If yes, what were the benefits of receiving this?
I received the Imperial College Alumni Scholarship for academic excellence in my undergraduate degree at Imperial.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was the Structured Credit and Equity Products taught by Credit and Equity Strats at J. P. Morgan. The programme was extremely well taught by these industry professionals and included several comprehensive lecture notes (compulsory and background reading). I believe this programme gave me a unique and profound insight into structured products and how their issuance affects market makers.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme was the first term. Coming from a background in Mechanical Engineering, some concepts, specifically in Economics and Accounting were initially difficult to grasp. However, the excellent teaching by module leaders and tutors enabled me to cover these demanding modules successfully.
How do you describe your cohort at imperial?
I would describe my cohort at Imperial as very ambitious, career orientated and social. Many of my peers had completed work experience prior to joining the programme and had a set idea regarding which division within Finance or Technology they wished to pursue careers.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
My favourite lecturer was Ganesh Ramchandran (Applied Trading Strategies). His lectures were always very engaging and he would use many real world examples, some from his own experience, to illustrate the application of academic “rules” to trading and risk management. His lectures were packed full of useful information and the occasional joke or two.
Which workshops, events or guest lecturers at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
For the MSc in Finance’s 20th Birthday event, some students, including myself, were given the opportunity to attend a panel discussion with Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England). The discussion and ensuing Q&A was extremely insightful. Many of my peers were able to ask one of the most powerful central bankers in the world specific questions regarding both macroeconomics, as well as the future of financial technology and regulation.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Understand that the programme is very quantitative and you’ll need to work hard at the beginning and throughout if you want to succeed. Additionally, you should express clearly which areas of the industry or further academia you are considering, as having a strong plan regarding your future goals will make you stand out as an applicant, as well as help you choose modules and careers services if you do join the business school.