What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I worked as a Field Engineer in Oil & Gas for Schlumberger, the world’s biggest oilfield services company. I worked in Alberta, Norway, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Scotland for almost two years. After this, I worked for a year at a financial media startup.
Why did you decide to study MSc Investment & Wealth Management at Imperial College Business School?
It was only after having some work experience that I recognised where I wanted to work, in the buy-side industry. The MSc Investment & Wealth Management is one of the only Master’s offered which caters specifically to a career in this industry, even more so than an MBA in my opinion. It allowed me also to develop my technical skill set, including coding and econometrics.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I found the programme challenged me in a variety of ways beyond the usual, particularly my ability to learn new toolkits, i.e. coding languages. I enjoyed the focus on skills which companies cannot provide you during their graduate and early year roles.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
The Big Data in Finance elective opened a whole new world of technological advancements which is only now being introduced to finance. I also enjoyed the Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies module as well as the Real Estate Investment elective as these were particularly practical and rigorous.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Managing extracurricular activities, applying for roles and finishing programme work was probably the most challenging part of the programme. Time management and being motivated to get involved in as many activities as possible all the time can sometimes be difficult.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
They were a fantastic diverse group of people who I have become very close to. To the point where we organised a weekly two-hour football game within the cohort and met for drinks every other week or so.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
There are too many to name. Robbin Herring, our Real Estate Investement lecturer, always tried to give us information which was practical and useful while Professors like Professor James Sefton and Professor Walter Distaso were willing to meet with us and support us in various ventures.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The opportunity to create a lasting impression. From being involved in discussions on new Master’s programmes to setting up Imperial’s first Student Investment fund, I always felt that I could make an impact.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?
I was on Dean’s Student Advisory Council as the Chair of the SSC for MSc Investment & Wealth Management. I was also Co-CEO and Founder of the Imperial College Business School Student Investment Fund.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
My network has increased incredibly over the past few months. I arrived a newcomer to London with few friends to now feeling like London is home. Starting in August, I hit 500 coffees by about February.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My goal is to work in the buy-side industry where I do not feel like I have any limits to my career. Since arriving at Imperial, I have succeeded in the former and feel that the latter is still holding true.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I will be joining Tikehau Capital as a Junior Analyst for a six-month internship. I will be joining their Special Opportunities team.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Living in London was instrumental in not only finding a career that I dream of but also in improving my chances of success going forward. I could have a morning class, head into the City for a lunch/coffee with someone then head back for my evening class. It really allowed me to be flexible.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
In my spare time, I brew beer and explore London. London is about 12 cities in one where you can visit a new neighbourhood or market every weekend.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
If you are moving to London, I recommend you find a friend to explore the city with and motivate each other to never stop trying new things.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Speak with your professors or the programme team about electives and how they fit with your career goals. Speak with former students and professionals about what is relevant or useful. Never stop asking questions. At the very worst, you will learn who you actually need to speak to or how next time to ask the question better.