BSc MORSE (Maths, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics), University of Southampton
Analytics Graduate, Investec
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I had completed a Summer Internship at a wealth management firm in Greece.
Why did you decide to study MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to learn how to implement my mathematical knowledge in the financial industry and prepare for a career as a quantitative analyst or risk manager.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I enjoyed the rigor in some of the theoretical modules of the first term and the coding experience I gained during my electives.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Stochastic Calculus. This module was the most well taught and very enjoyable because of its rigorous context.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The greatest challenge was balancing the programme work and my job applications. Although there is significant overlap between the job interviews for quant positions and the content of the MSc, preparation for the interviews takes time and hard work which is challenging to combine with the workload of the programme.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Diverse both geographically and in terms of knowledge.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Lara Cathcart who taught us Advanced Options Theory and Pietro Millossovich who taught us Stochastic Calculus because they both taught their modules in great detail and made them challenging.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
I enjoyed the group work in the elective modules where I choose and cooperated with a team of people of the same mindset but different specialisations so that we perfectly complemented each other. I appreciated the importance of working with the right people and how the variety of ideas can help achieve an end result.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The employer events/presentations and especially the one of the company with whom I signed with in the end.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The career modules’ lectures were interesting and an interesting way to start the MSc programme. Certain talks by practitioners in the industry gave some interesting and very applicable tips for our job search.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I was involved in both the Finance Club and the Finance Society.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Imperial has a great brand name so being here makes a difference but the greatest benefit of being in the Imperial community is getting to attend talks and events by alumni and getting to know them and how they leveraged their science background to pursue a career in the financial industry.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My career aspiration before I started the programme was to get into a quantitative analysis position in the sell-side. Through the MSc and from the events, talks and the people I met, I gained an insight about the industry and the career paths I could follow within the financial industry. Thus, I was well positioned to better understand the job market and I managed to secure an offer for a position close to my original goal.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
Yes. I had an offer for a graduate position in the Analytics team at Investec. The role entails numerous responsibilities in areas such as Data Analysis, Cashflow Modelling and Reporting.
How did the services from Imperial College Business School Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
They helped a lot as the interview preparation was critical in the process of securing an offer. The mock interviews and mock assessment centres were a great way to practice and develop my communication skills.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Yes, it is very convenient and beneficial to network from here as it is one of the top financial centres in the world.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
Shepherd’s Bush, to be close to Imperial.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
London is a great place to have fun as you never run out of options.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Be prepared for an intense but rewarding lifestyle.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
Some of the webinars give a good insight on the application process and are very helpful with regards to knowing where to focus in your application. Definitely follow these after you’re accepted as well so that you are informed and able to hit the ground running when you get here.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Make sure the MSc is aligned with your ideal career path.