BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management, Cass Business School
Graduate Programme, Allianz Global Investors
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
During my undergraduate studies, I completed two summer internships both located in Istanbul, Turkey. The first one was at PwC where I worked as a financial advisory intern, and the second one was at AK investment where I worked in the Corporate Finance Department. Moreover, I worked at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg as a Graduate Lending Analyst for two years (between my undergraduate and Master studies).
Why did you decide to study an MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School?
Having been exposed to the finance industry through my undergraduate studies and work experience, I realised I wanted to learn more about its quantitative aspects, as well as develop computer programming skills. The curriculum of the programme is very rich and offers flexibility in terms of the wide array of electives.
What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed the fact that we were given the opportunity to apply what we learn in class (both theory and coding) to practical assignments throughout the year.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module has been Stochastic Calculus. Although it was the most challenging module of the programme, it was a new subject for me, and I really enjoyed tackling/solving challenging problems.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme has been balancing my time between studying and completing job applications (especially during the autumn term).
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
My cohort has been amazing. Being surrounded by like-minded ambitious students has been a great motivator for me throughout my studies.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I really enjoyed the two-day workshop organised by Amplify Trading, which involved simulating trades by taking the positions of an investment manager, market maker and sales person. It was a great experience where we were exposed to different areas of the trading process.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I am a Student Ambassador for the MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering programme, which has been a great opportunity to meet with different people and share my experience at Imperial.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I have received an offer for the Global Graduate Programme at Allianz Global Investors, starting in September 2019. The role involves rotations within various areas such as risk management, IT, investment management and more.
How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
The Careers service at Imperial has been very helpful during the job application process (this was one of the reasons why I decided to study at Imperial in the first place). They have provided guidance throughout the whole application process – from CV’s, cover letter checks, mock interviews and so much more. I especially benefited from the mock assessment centre activities. There were also several recruitment events/career fairs throughout the year, which is a great opportunity to gain insight into the companies you are interested in and expand your professional network.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in South Kensington, I chose to live here given its proximity to Imperial.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
When I am not studying, I enjoy playing sports, I’m a member at Ethos (the Business School gym) and meeting up with friends to explore London.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme
My main advice to prospective students would be emphasising their quantitative skills both in the personal statement and the application form (this is very important as the programme is highly quantitative). It is also important to include your career aspirations and how this programme can help you to achieve them.