Studying MSc Investment and Wealth Management
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I have always wanted to become an investment professional. The MSc in Investment and Wealth Management has the unique course design that enable a fresh graduate to get the whole picture.
What was the main thing/learning point you took with you from the Business School?
The Business School provided me with numerous opportunities to enhance the fundamentals. The well-designed and challenging tasks that were customised to the learning objectives of each module pushed me to perform and deliver, as well as equipping me with the hard skills to work efficiently as a finance/investment professional.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
The programme is a great platform for you to access opportunities and get proper training, but you have to choose between roles, functions and industries yourself. Make sure you know what area of finance you would like to start you career with. If you don’t know already, try as much as you can before you decide.
Tell us about your current job
What is your current role like?
I am currently working as an M&A Analyst for an A-share listed entertainment company in China. My responsibilities include evaluation of potential acquisition targets, live deal execution and delivering research report. Unlike a sell-type role, investment is a decision-intensive role rather than a labour intensive role. Therefore, every number I crunch, every deck I put up together and every message I deliver is to help the investment director and the CEO to make the best decision.
What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?
Working for an A-share listed company as an investment professional enables me to work with the smartest people in China. For me, it is exciting to work to with some of the top brokerage firms and law firms on a deal.
The biggest challenge perhaps, is that there is just so much to learn all the time. New information/insights freshly appear in front of me at every meeting and to be honest there’s not always not enough time to digest them.
What skills does the job require?
Key skills include data mining/number crunching, great communication and synthesize, and solid PPT/Excel skills.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
I am still in touch with some of my senior classmates. We work in the same field (PE, VC) and they have been good mentors to me.