Studying MSc Finance
Why did you choose to study MSc Finance and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I had studied general engineering and I wanted to get into finance – more particularly I wanted a career in trading on a proprietary trading desk or in a hedge fund. The MSc in Finance was the best course that allowed me to develop my skill set in quantitative finance while at the same time providing me with the necessary tools to get into a career in quantitative trading/portfolio management.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
Throughout the last few years my relationship with the Business School has changed from student to visiting lecturer to board member, and one of the common things I kept seeing was the constant will to improve and stay up to date in the different advances in ones field. As a student, the will to learn and develop beyond the classroom is predominant; as a lecturer the constant push of the academic staff to consult with the industry and find solutions to real world problems gives students a practitioner’s point of view, in addition to the academic one. Finally, as a member of the Advisory Board, the constant will to improve the processes of the Business School its links to the industries and its network gives the Business School a great level of flexibility to compete with other top institutions on the world stage.
Career & professional development
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
My career has changed from working as a proprietary trader in an investment bank to launching and my own hedge fund to working directly with one of the luminaries of the hedge fund industry. Given that I had no prior experience in finance, the Business School provided me with the necessary tools to help me throughout this path.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Careers and Professional Development Service?
While a student at Imperial College, the career service helped me to network and get in touch with professionals in my field through regular events that are organised during the year
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
One of the main features of my role is that I have to be up to date on things that are happening around the world – be it from understanding the macroeconomic conditions if I am trading currencies or oil, to understanding the microeconomic conditions if I am trading a single stock – while at the same time I have to be aware of the advances in quantitative modelling that might be useful to my investment process. This intellectual stimulation combined with the constant requirement to learn and improve is something I enjoy and find very appealing in my role.
The main challenge in this role is being able to switch off in the blink of an eye, as the emotional and intellectual requirements to perform are high and taking a step back is essential to maintain a good performance – and one needs to be disciplined to achieve that.
The alumni network
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network, and why is this important to you?
During my time at Imperial I made many good friends with whom I stayed in touch with even after I moved to New York. At the same time, the Business School organises events and get-togethers in the UK and the US that I attend to meet current students and graduates from Imperial.
Remaining connected to the alumni network allows me to stay up to dated with the advances in my field, through discussions with other professionals in the field and provides me with a large pool of youngest talent to hire from.
Advice to prospective students
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?
I would advise her/him to join Imperial, as the education that one would get is a good mix between academic theory and real life problems as most of the lecturers work very closely with industry.