What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before joining the MSc Finance programme, I took a gap year to do two six-month internships in investment banking. My first experience was in Leveraged Finance at BNP Paribas and my second was as an M&A Analyst at Rothschild & Co in Paris, France. Furthermore, I have completed a three month internship as a Credit Analyst at Société Générale in Beirut, Lebanon. These experiences enabled me to deepen my knowledge and made me eager to pursue a career in Finance.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School?
I choose to study an MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School because it offers a unique experience allowing students not only to strengthen their technical skills in finance but also enrich their social experience by meeting professionals and people from all around the world. After speaking to alumni, I realised that the vast majority were able to land jobs in the biggest banks, consulting firms and companies. Imperial College Business School has a good reputation with employers. As my objective was to start my career in a prestigious bank, I knew Imperial was the right choice for me.
Did you receive a scholarship? If yes, what were the benefits of receiving this?
I was awarded a Imperial Business Scholarship for outstanding academic achievements, career potential, professional and humanitarian experiences. I have more than 15 months of professional experience in investment banking in France and Lebanon. Furthermore, I completed an exchange semester at McGill University and graduated with honours from Paris Dauphine University. Receiving this award was a great recognition for the work I have done to help raise funds for Syrians in need.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
It is the challenging aspect and the cultural diversity of the programme that I enjoyed the most. The MSc Finance is a great way to learn how to adapt to fast moving environments and prepare for the professional world. It is also enriching in the sense that you meet so many culturally diverse people. The most rewarding for me is to see that I was able to achieve all my career and academic objectives.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was Advanced Corporate Finance. It enabled us to study and analyse real life cases. It not only deepened my knowledge on the biggest companies in the world but also enabled me to understand the practical aspects of finance.
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 for the Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners module. It was a very interesting trip because we not only studied the macroeconomic aspects of the country’s economy but we also visited UAE’s Central Bank and the world’s second biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund ADIA. We were also able to visit Dubai and meet Imperial Alumni.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Smart, ambitious, diverse and interesting are the first adjectives I would use to describe my classmates. They are well educated and motivated to learn more about finance and the different backgrounds of each student. They have outstanding academic achievements and professional experiences from the most prestigious institutions worldwide. I met a group of exceptional people who are culturally so different from each other but with whom I have a lot of common interests.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
My favourite lecturer was my Private Equity and Venture Capital Professor, Sebastian Canderle. He has more than 15 years of experience in the Private Equity industry and he enjoys talking about his experience and giving advice. During his lectures, he always explained each notion by giving accurate and real examples that made the course even more interesting.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My short-term career goal is to work in investment banking in order to gain as much knowledge and experience I can in the finance industry. My objective was realised since being at Imperial because I received offers from different in investment banks and I accepted a graduate position at Deutsche Bank.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
It is definitely beneficial to live in London. During the autumn term, banks organised numerous networking events for students and I was able to attend more than 15 events because I live in London. I also believe there are more career opportunities in London than in any other city in Europe because it is the financial hub of the region.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
I moved from Paris to attend the MSc Finance programme. I had never lived in London before, therefore it was quite interesting to discover the city as a student. London is a beautiful city, there are so many different places to see that you can’t get bored of it. The most important aspect for me was to be able to meet a diverse group of interesting people. The challenging part was to learn how to get around the city as London is very big. It is helpful to learn your way through the tube or even get a bike.