MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2015
Undergraduate degree: BSc Economics, University of Bath
Employment prior to studying at the Business School: A placement year Fixed Income Division, Morgan Stanley, and two summer internships, one at a hedge fund, and the other at an investment consultancy.
Employment after studying at the Business School and what is your current position: I am currently on the graduate scheme at Lombard Odier Investment Managers, working as an Analyst on the Multi-Asset team. We manage systematic funds, so I use a lot of the skills (think Matlab) that I learnt on the course. In June I will be starting my second rotation on the graduate scheme, which means I will be moving to Geneva.
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Whilst at Morgan Stanley I was particularly impressed by an alumnus from the MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering programme at the Business School, which gave me the idea of doing a masters at Imperial. I also knew that I wanted to work in asset management, so when Imperial launched the MSc IWM it seemed like the perfect fit.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
Imperial College Business School offers a range of programmes depending on which area of finance you are interested in, so make sure you do your research and pick the right one.
How did you find living in London?
I had worked in London before so already knew that I loved the city, but it is even better as a student when you have (a little) more free time to enjoy it.
What was the Business School community like?
The first few weeks at the Business School are focused on helping people to settle in, and making you feel comfortable. That means that by the time the real work starts you already have a good group of mates, and hopefully someone to help if you get stuck on the coursework!
What was a typical day the Business School like?
Days at the Business School were normally quite busy, particularly in the Autumn term. Typically, you would have two or three lectures/classes a day, and the rest of the time would be spent working with your coursework group, going to the gym, or training with one of Imperial’s many different sports clubs.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and were the main challenges?
The many group coursework’s that you are given can be a bit frustrating at times, but at others they are extremely rewarding. The opportunity to learn from your peers is really impressive at the Business School, as the calibre of student is so high.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
You learn a lot on the courses here, but as they say, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. While this isn’t completely true, there is certainly some truth in it. Even if you get your dream job when you graduate, you will probably want to change firms at some point in your career, so being an active member of the alumni community is definitely a good idea.