Benjamin Levy
Programme:
MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Nationality:
French
Master's education:

Master of Corporate Finance, PSB Paris School of Business

Job after Imperial College Business School:

Interest Rate Derivatives Sales Analyst, Crédit du Nord

MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2019

About you

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

Before beginning with Imperial College Business School, I had two years of experience in finance. I had one internship in private equity and two in financial markets (sales and trading forex and interest rate derivatives).

Why did you decide to study an MSc Investment & Wealth Management at Imperial College Business School?

I decided to an MSc Investment & Wealth Management for three reasons. The first being the opportunity to study at one of the best business schools, not only in the UK but worldwide. Secondly, because I was really interested in how quantitative and investment-oriented the programme is. And thirdly, for the opportunity to meet amazing people from all parts of the world with different backgrounds and sets of experience.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

I really enjoy how quantitative the programme is, you really get to understand not only the financial models and how they work but also the maths behind it, and it is so important to really grasp that aspect when it comes to finance. I also really like how investment-oriented the programme is. You really have the chance to be able to study modules that focus on the investment side rather than staying too general. Finally, you have the chance to learn from great lecturers who have amazing experiences in the industry.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module so far has been the international elective Introduction to Quantitative Investing. The module was taught in New York for a week and was extremely interesting. It gave us the keys to really understand how important quantitative investing. It was extremely beneficial for me as it allowed me not only to learn how to code quantitative strategies and implement them, but also to have the opportunity to talk to professionals with amazing careers in finance and learn more about the industry in general.

Another great aspect about this module is that we had a great professor, Dr Andrei Kirilenko, who organised amazing company visits - we met the Head of Securities Global at Goldman Sachs, visited the NYSE as well as IEX and met the Head of Data Science of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. It was such a great week. 

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme has not only been realising halfway through the year that the learning curve is extremely steep, and everything is extremely interesting, you really feel like you are strengthening your knowledge every day, but also the opportunity to be in a programme with a lot of international students.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

The winter term has been the most challenging part of the programme for sure. It is very quantitative and intense one as it only has core modules. You really must pay attention in class and work a lot when you get home. But if you manage to stay on top of everything, it will go perfectly well!

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Amazing! I love the fact that there are so many nationalities. We all have different experiences and backgrounds and studied different topics before starting at Imperial. It is so interesting to talk about that but it’s also great for us to be able to help each other if we have trouble understanding a specific module.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Sebastien Canderle, the Private Equity & Venture Capital lecturer. He has extensive experience in the industry and really knows what he is talking about. Moreover, his lectures were extremely interactive, and he was very open to answer absolutely any questions we had.

Opportunities

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

The greatest opportunity I have had during my time at Imperial has definitely been the international elective, but also joining one of the different clubs the Business School offers.

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

Every guest lecture has been a great opportunity to learn more about the industry, but also to understand how you will be able to use the concepts you learn at Imperial in your future professional life.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

For the past year, I have been a member of the Student Staff Committee as a Social Leader and Vice President of PE/VC of the Imperial College Business School Finance Club.

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

Studying at Imperial is a great opportunity to interact with a lot of students - not only in the Business School but also in STEM. You also get chances to talk to alumni during different events, and they can give you the best advice, as they were in your shoes at some point.

Career

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

My goals right now are to have a career in investment banking and then move into venture capital. Imperial really gave me the opportunity to really understand how these industries work and what it takes to have a successful career.

How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?

The Careers services helped a lot, you can book one-to-one appointments throughout the year to work on your CV and cover letter and they really help you to have everything you need to succeed at interviews.

London Location

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

Definitely! London is such a great city, especially for finance. There are a lot of different networking events here and you can meet a lot of people who can really give you great advice for your career and job search.

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

I lived in Hammersmith. I chose to live there because it is only 15 minutes away from Imperial and I really like the area, it is a very “alive” neighbourhood and you have everything you need there!

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy going to the Imperial gym or just visiting different sights around London, there’s so much to see, you’ll never be short of activities!

What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

London is such an amazing city, there is so much to do and see here, you can never get bored! There is also a lot of students so you can meet a lot of people. One of the main challenges is that this city is quite expensive, so you might have to really take care of your budget and pay attention to how you’re spending your money.

Tips

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

I would advise prospective students to look at the list of the modules to get a clear idea of what you would be studying at Imperial, but also look into the different clubs as joining one is a great experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to current students on LinkedIn, they’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Programme:
MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Nationality:
French
Master's education:

Master of Corporate Finance, PSB Paris School of Business

Job after Imperial College Business School:

Interest Rate Derivatives Sales Analyst, Crédit du Nord