Joachim Klindworth

Joachim KlindworthProgramme: MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2011

Nationality: German

Undergraduate: Vordiplom, University of Hamburg

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Summer Internship at Berenberg Bank Asset Management; Summer Internship at Berenberg Private Capital; Junior Financial Advisor; Hamburger Sparkasse Apprenticeship in Banking at Hamburger Sparkasse

Employment after studying at the Business School: Analyst, Credit Research at Commerzbank AG

Current employment: Performance Controller for FX Derivatives, and Founder of Sentivest

Why did you decide to study MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School?

During my internships in the Asset Management industry I realised it is not only important to have a strong academic background but also to be able to implement relevant financial theories. I decided, therefore, to apply for a more quantitative postgraduate programme after my undergraduate studies. I was looking for a programme which combined quantitative skills like Matlab and VBA-Excel programming with rigorous financial theory. There were a few programmes in the UK which caught my interest. From my point of view, the structure of the programme at the Business School is the most credible in London.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?

Although it appears tough at the beginning, I would rather choose the hard modules than the easier ones. Your grade might not be as good but your knowledge will be much deeper – and that is what counts when you are in the job. The programme significantly helped me to improve my quantitative background, and I am confident that it has considerably enhanced my opportunities as graduate in the asset management industry.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

My peer students and the after-exam parties – I miss the international community.

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

It strongly helped me to apply for the position I am currently working in. In particular, the quantitative part of the programme enhanced my profile and skills. I also liked the mock interviews offered by the Careers Service, and the guidance about how to write a good CV, especially the layout, helped me when writing my applications.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

There are a lot of things I enjoy at work. For instance, I enjoy applying the material and knowledge I was taught at the Business School while working on projects. It is a good feeling knowing to have made the right decision.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

To be honest, mainly by Facebook. I think it is very important to remain connected to the alumni network; it gives you a natural access to a network of resources.