Mark Debono
MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2019

About you

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

Before Imperial I had three years of work experience at a prime brokerage with responsibilities ranging from sales to being on the trade desk.

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

Having already completed a Master’s at Imperial, I felt the level of teaching was above par. This, together with the great reputation that the Business School has, as well as the prime location really made it a no-brainer for me.

Programme

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

Meeting new people from so many different backgrounds and watching them eventually get jobs in so many different verticals is one of the most enjoyable things about the programme. I already know this will prove invaluable in the future.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Credit Risk is my favourite module because it offers a hands-on approach of simulating and understanding credit risk models with a practical application of how you would use the tools you learned in a front office role.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme has been landing my dream job. I applied to the company after a presentation at Imperial and having the chance to meet people who are already employed at the business before applying really made a difference when it came to receive the offer.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

The autumn term can be challenging when trying to balance coursework, exams and getting a job. You really must make time management a skill that you prioritise in order to be successful in the programme.

Did you attend an international elective?

Yes, I attended the Introduction to Quantitative Investing module which was held in New York. This was one of the highlights of the year and I highly recommend applying. We met senior professionals from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch during the trip and received great advice on how to launch our careers in the industry.

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

I would describe my cohort at Imperial as diverse, international and overall intelligent.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Professor Ganesh Ramchandran, who teaches Applied Trading Strategies is my favourite. He has incredible experience and really knows how to teach hands on. The coursework proved to be a very useful tool in learning the skills you need for any interview.

Opportunities

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

The greatest opportunity has been meeting people from so many different companies (tier one banks and consulting companies) through the events held by the Careers team.

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

The Amplify Trading Workshop has been useful. It really gives you a flavour of what it’s like to work on the sell/buy side of things.

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

I am the Careers Leader for the Investment & Wealth Management programme.

Career

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

I plan to build a career in the Sell-side in the Front Office. I received an offer for a Sales and Trading Graduate Programme in November 2018.

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

The Careers services were great for perfecting my CV and cover letters, it helped a lot in ensuring I stood out in the job application process. I made sure I met with them early, before lectures even started to get ahead on things.

London Location

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

Definitely. Many events happen in and around London and being here just opens so many different doors for you. Tier one banks also hold events for London based universities - it is a great opportunity to meet people who work in the industry.

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

I live in North London. I chose to live here because it is a greener area yet still in zone two and on the Piccadilly Line, making my commute only 30 minutes away from the Business School.

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

When I’m not studying, I enjoy boxing, trading and reading the financial news.

Tips

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

If you’re thinking about applying for the programme make sure you show genuine interest in the industry, as it really helps with your application. Also, make sure you’re prepared when it comes to your application – the earlier you apply for the programme the better!

Role
MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Nationality
Malta
Undergraduate education :

MSc Computing Science, Imperial College London

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Trading and Flow Sales, NatWest Markets