Samuel Smith
MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2018

About you

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

I had predominantly worked in scientific research areas before arriving at Imperial College Business School, both at the accelerator in CERN as well as at the Rolls Royce Group of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. In the summer before arriving at Imperial, I worked in Market Risk at Macquarie Group, which gave me my first insight into working in a finance setting, and confirmed my interest in trading.

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

I choose MSc Investment & Wealth Management because I liked the combination of modules that it offered, as I was personally less interested in corporate finance, and liked the options on macroeconomics and derivatives, etc.


Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module was an elective in International Finance. The elective was very well structured, had a great combination of theory and practical applications. I am going to be doing a rotation in FX trading so it is also highly applicable for me.


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

The CFA package with Kaplan was very helpful towards taking CFA Level one. I also enjoyed various employer events that came to Imperial.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?

I played on the Men’s thirds squash team, which was very enjoyable. I like engaging in various sporting activities outside my studies.


Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

I received many job offers, in the end choosing to work for BNP Paribas on their Trading Graduate scheme. I will have three rotations in the first year, before choosing one desk thereafter.

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

One of the key things I benefited from was that careers was proactive in the first few weeks – it lead me to apply on time and helped me decide what area I wanted to work in. This was particularly useful with my lack of financial experience.

London location

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

Yes, as so many of the job opportunities are in London. It is nice not to have to travel far to all the assessment days.

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

Gloucester road, because it is near Imperial, as well as the museums and Hyde Park.

MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Undergraduate Education :

BA (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Trading Analyst, BNP Paribas