Hilla Yang, MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Investment & Wealth Management

Nationality: Chinese

Education: BSc Finance and Investment Banking, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School

About you

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

I had internship experience within the implementation team of McKinsey & Company, worked on commercial real estate deals within the valuation and advisory department of Cushman & Wakefield and interned in the equity research division of Haitong Securities.

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

I have a genuine interest in the investment field, and I decided to study at Imperial for its social conscience and innovative spirit. The contribution that Imperial made against COVID-19 really impressed me and I feel I am joining a community that is really changing the world.


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

The aspect that I enjoy the most is the collaborative community. My cohort are actively participating, engaging in tackling real-world problems, and committed to helping each other.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

So far, my favourite module has been Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies. This module has been my favourite because it explains classic financial concepts from a new perspective, which gives me a deeper understanding of these concepts.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part is that this programme broadens and deepens my understanding of the subject of finance, from both the market side and the corporate side.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

Taking full advantage of the resources while managing its heavy workload is the most challenging part. There is a lot on offer within the programme: lectures, group activities, personal development events, career resources, social activities, etc. Therefore, balancing these things wisely and improving myself has been the main challenge for me.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

I have adapted and felt comfortable with this teaching method since Imperial College Business School is very communicative and supportive about all the study and wellbeing issues throughout these challenging times.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

They are a diverse, open-minded, and energetic cohort.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Every lecturer is very knowledgeable and experienced. Personally, I like Professor Andrea Buraschi the most. He has an organised teaching approach and shares his experience and insights in a natural way.


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

The distinguished teaching staff and outstanding peer group provide me with immediate access to knowledge and expertise. This valuable network will be a lifelong benefit for me as I continue on in my career.

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

The financial modelling workshop effectively advanced my excel skills and equipped me with the right approach for company valuation in IPO and LBO situations.

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

I joined the Social Impact & Responsible Business Club which aims to create and deliver a positive impact across all industries and sectors. I also engaged in the Student Content Creator scheme where I have enjoyed sharing my experience and hope to bring inspiration to prospective students.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?

Yes, there are many opportunities such as electives, clubs, and personal development events.

How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?

As a Business School student, I have the opportunity to engage with the Imperial College London community through co-organised events and alumni activities to gain cutting-edge information and insights across all industries.


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

My future career goal is to be an influential investor and I would like to start my career in the buy-side industry. The MSc Investment & Wealth Management developed my essential skills and I expect it will prepare me well for this career.

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

For me, the most useful help from Careers is timely recruitment reminders and mock interviews.

London Location

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

I enjoy working out, exploring diverse cultures, playing music, and spending time with my family.

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

Not only do I have the opportunity to engage with my cohort, but diverse people from all over the world. However, the challenge right now is travel and constraints due to the COVID-19.  My advice would be keeping safe if you would like to travel to London, but also being prepared to network online if you cannot make the move.


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

I missed the information sessions when I was applying but these events are definitely helpful and recommended. By attending these events, you can actually communicate with people who know the programme well and find out if this is the right one for you.

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

  1. Take the initiative and do your research.

  2. Be clear about what you want to achieve through this programme and know your priorities.

  3. It is an intense programme, so keep yourself in good health before the term starts.

Interested in applying for a scholarship to this programme?

Programme: MSc Investment & Wealth Management

Nationality: Chinese

Education: BSc Finance and Investment Banking, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School