BA Accounting and Finance at Durham University
PwC Hong Kong – X-Venturer
Academic and industry experience before Imperial
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Auditing experience at BNP Paribas and PwC.
Studying MSc Investment & Wealth Management
Why did you decide to study an MSc in Investment & Wealth Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
The programme provides practical and real life examples for students to study and investigate. For this specific MSc, we learn specific asset classes and portfolio management skills that fully support your career in the asset management and investment banking sectors. Imperial College Business School also provides different career talks and workshops for students to improve interview and presentation skills, in order to equip you in assessment centres.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I enjoy the social events organized by our social committees. We regularly have gatherings in different bars and restaurants. These events ensure we meet each other and make friends within out classes. Moreover, I think Careers at Imperial Business School is most rewarding. It provides different tailor-made services for Master students, and also provides advice on our future careers.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
I think Matlab coding is the most challenging part for me. There is a lot of programme work and projects required in order to analyse the portfolio and calculate the weights of different assets.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
International Finance and Behavioural Investment Management are my most favourite subjects. I can learn far more than just finance from these subjects, for example, psychology and macroeconomics. The combination of different fields of study heightened my interest in the coursework and topics.
How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
The business faculty provides a lot of support to students, and provide advice to whenever you feel there is a problem. The lecturers are all professional and experienced in teaching, especially when the lecturers come from the industry, they provide inspiration to the students on how the business world really works.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Group discussions allow us to express our opinion during meetings and train us to work with others as a group. Moreover, when we have any disputes, we need to handle the problem ourselves. Also, the advantage of having a lot of group work is to introduce a real life business environment in school, we may face different kind of people when we work in business environment.
Opportunities from studying at Imperial
How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
I did some workshops to gain interview skills and CV screening advancement from the career service centre. The experience and skills gained from taking part in group discussions gave me the confidence I needed for real interviews. I also found the interview role play with the career staff extremely helpful, as they provide you with feedback on how you can improve, giving you a better chance of succeeding at the real thing.
Life as a student in London
What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
As a MSc student in London, besides having revision and programme work in weekends, we still have time to go shopping, explore the city, play some sports around Hyde Park and go to bars and restaurants.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
If you plan a career in the Asset Management industry after graduating, the MSc Investment and Wealth Management course is for you. Our programmes include valuing different asset classes, for example: equities, fixed income, derivatives, hedge funds, and real estates. The programme provides you with both practical scientific and theoretical skills, so take advantage of learning both!It is better to learn some basic Matlab coding before you start your programme, it helps a lot! Lastly, Enjoy your MSc life!