BSc Economics & Finance, University College Dublin
Investment Banking, JP Morgan
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before starting at Imperial College Business School, I completed a summer internship in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs in London, this was primarily across macro trading and macro sales roles. I also completed an off-cycle internship at PwC Dublin, in the Audit and Transaction Services Divisions. Recently, I finished a summer internship in J.P. Morgan in the Investment Banking Division, where I will be returning as a full-time employee after completion of the MSc Finance programme at Imperial.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to study the MSc Finance programme at Imperial to deepen my finance knowledge, from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. This will be an advantage for me when I start my career at J.P. Morgan this year. Imperial is a world-renowned business school and I had heard many positive reviews from past students who have completed the MSc Finance programme in the past. Additionally, Imperial is consistently one of the highest ranked business schools and offers an excellent choice of electives that can be tailored specifically to your interests. Lastly, the location in the centre of London was another major plus.
Did you receive a scholarship? If yes, what were the benefits of receiving this?
I was lucky enough to receive the Brilliant Minds Scholarship. As well as the financial benefit, this scholarship is also highly regarded by potential employers. There was also a great networking event at the beginning of the year with other scholarship recipients, which was a nice way to meet new people from different programmes.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed the elective options I took in the spring and summer terms. I was able to pick electives focused on M&A and Corporate Finance, both areas of interest to me. The elective choice is very broad, which allowed all students to find modules to best suit their interests.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was Advanced Company Valuation because it had a great mix of theory and practical application. I found that the lecturers explained the more complex content clearly, which made learning easier. The programme has been hugely beneficial in developing my financial modelling skills, which will be very useful in my career going forward. During the programme there were many interesting guest lecturers, who themselves are experienced finance professionals, this offered great insight on how to accurately valuate techniques across different sectors.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
How was the international trip to Dublin?
The trip to Dublin was a highlight of the programme for me. We attended a talk by a panel of experts and CEO’s from various fintech companies. The following day we participated in a treasure hunt fundraiser for the Simon Community across Dublin. Throughout the weekend we also had plenty of time to socialise with our cohort and get to know new people in the programme.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
I would describe the cohort at Imperial as a diverse, driven, intelligent and friendly group of people.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
I thought Professor Daniel Stillit was excellent, he taught the Advanced Company Valuation module. With a wealth of industry experience he was able to provide us with a number of first-hand examples of how theory works in practice. The module was interesting and allowed me to further develop my valuation knowledge and modelling skills. Through Professor Daniel Stillit’s programme material and the guest lectures from finance professionals, I was introduced to new ways of thinking about valuation, which will be useful for me in the future.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The opportunity to meet so many new people both in my own programme and across the Business School has been great. It’s rare to find a diverse and ambitious group of people, and to add them to my network will be invaluable for my future career.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The guest lectures in Advanced Company Valuation given by industry experts were useful in developing my finance knowledge and modelling skills.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
It has been great getting to know many people across the wider Imperial College London community. From going for drinks and playing football to completing academic work –there have been many opportunities to socialise with new people from different walks of life. From an academic standpoint the community is always a great help with support, and advice on modules, exams or research projects.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I want to build a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity, I have already secured a full-time role at J.P. Morgan in Investment Banking. The MSc Finance programme has broadened my finance knowledge and developed my valuation and modelling skills, which will be invaluable on my future career path.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
Thankfully, I secured a full-time job offer from JP Morgan when I completed a internship there just prior to starting the programme. However, the Careers department has still been a great help in my professional development through CV, interview and presentation workshops, along with providing many networking opportunities.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Yes, I think it is beneficial for networking and career opportunities. I have been able to keep in touch with people I worked with from JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, while undertaking the MSc Finance programme at Imperial. I have also met with employees of other institutions to build my network and gain advice on my career. Also, many of the banks networking events are held in the City or in Canary Wharf, which are both readily accessible by the tube.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I currently live in Borough, which is located near the centre of London The commute to Imperial is very manageable, only taking around 35 minutes to get to the Business School.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy going to the gym, playing golf or football and socialising with friends.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
I would advise to get in touch with any current students or alumni, as they will be able to give you insider information on the application process, which was a great help to me. I would also advise them to apply sooner rather than later, as it is key to get your application in as soon as possible to maximise your chance of securing a place on the programme.