David Pakozdi
MSc Finance
Undergraduate Education:

BSc Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London

Job after Imperial College Business School:

HSBC Investment Banking, Investment Banking Analyst

MSc Finance 2018

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

  • Equity Research internship at Equilor Investment Ltd. in Budapest, Hungary
  • QConsult Consultancy Programme project coordinator at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Summer Research internship at CEMFI (Centre for Economic and Fiscal Studies) in Madrid, Spain

Why did you decide to study an MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School?

I enjoy learning about industries and want to take part in key deals shaping them. Thus I decided to pursue a role in investment banking and for this reason attend an MSc Finance programme. Having studied in London before, Imperial seemed a natural choice, but beyond that it’s the university’s background, the School’s links to the industry and the world-class faculty that made me choose Imperial.


What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

Working with and learning from peers. You should make most of it, it is very important to get to know each other, and beyond maintaining good working relationships, you can make many friends as well.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Corporate Strategy with Katrin Tinn – the module is based on case studies and the examinable material is partly curated by the students themselves, a novel approach.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

I believe it was the workload in the autumn term, when you have to make sure you follow the modules but at the same time go to interviews and events. It is very challenging but if you manage your time wisely, that is not impossible.

Did you attend an international trip? If so, which trips did you attend and how have they been beneficial to you?

I attended the Dubai trip which will have long-lasting memories – we rode on camels, visited the central bank and the biggest sovereign wealth fund, participated in a traditional Arabic dinner and made friendships, above all. I can only recommend it!


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

I asked a question from Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, during an event at the London Stock Exchange this spring. My question was based on a book written by a professor from Imperial, Jonathan Haskel (and Stian Wastlake), on intangible capital investment. This shows the School’s reputation in the finance industry.

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

I attended a guest panel presentation on digital marketing, also one held by a guy responsible for the marketing campaign of Microsoft in the UK – I found them thought-provoking. Mark Carney’s guest lecture at the London Stock Exchange was fascinating.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?

I was a student ambassador, involved in the Finance Club.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

I worked in a start-up project which aims to bring remote, robotic labs to market, collaborating with engineers and biochemists. We had brainstorming sessions in the enterprise lab and even coaching events with experienced business leaders.


What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I aim to work in investment banking and focus on industries characterised by interesting oligopolistic dynamics and take part in landmark deals. I have an interest in competition policy, thus aiming to move into academia and research the topic, especially the competitive landscape of platform businesses.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

HSBC Summer Internship in Investment Banking, I accepted it.

How did the services from Careers help you secure employment and help in your professional development?

I had many mock interviews with them, and I improved rapidly thanks to the experience. They also helped to orientate me towards career options unknown to me, such as in consulting.

London location

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? 

It is because companies in the City and Canary Wharf, as well as other venues are easy to reach. The location meant going to networking and interviews very easy.

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I lived in Brixton because it is a good combination of nightlife, close proximity and quality of life. If you travel a bit outside to Clapham, there are many parks and local amenities.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?

You have little free time for sure, but you can spend that in a very interesting way in London. I attended talks in and outside of uni, travelled to Brighton and organised dinner nights with friends – once even went to a karaoke night.


Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions? 

I attended a campus tour and I later took part in leading one as a current student – the information sessions are a great place to gain insight from students’ perspective.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Start the job application process as early as possible, and always think about alternatives – i.e. other industries you would consider as these can be the best learning opportunities.

MSc Finance
Undergraduate Education:

BSc Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London

Job after Imperial College Business School:

HSBC Investment Banking, Investment Banking Analyst