What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Two years’ experience working at Mubadala, the 13th largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. The company was established to diversify Abu Dhabi’s income and reduce its reliance on oil revenue. I was recruited as an Analyst in the Energy team responsible for sourcing and screening new business development opportunities.
Why did you decide to study MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School?
The fast evolving pace of the industry has persuaded me to join the most quantitative programme on offer at Imperial College Business School. Finance is rapidly progressing to a digitalised environment and, naturally, that brings along new (and perhaps old but redefined) sources of risk. The programme also emphasises the development of software-based competencies that are relevant to most institutional roles.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
The open-ended nature of the Applied Project allows for students to get really creative and put forward some brilliant, fascinating topics of relevance to the overall programme.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
It is a close call between Empirical Finance and Risk Management & Valuations. Personally, Empirical Finance edges it due to the relevance when covering external research pertaining to any field. It provides basic guidelines for researchers on how accurate, reliable inferences can be made via data analysis and review.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Time management is a critical skill that you will have to develop to succeed, particularly during the first two terms of the programme. In said time frame, you need to meticulously balance group assignments, extracurricular activities, social events and job applications.
Did you attend an international trip?
The New York elective was truly a memorable experience. The module focused on Algorithmic Trading but the group was fortunate to hear from guest lecturers that applied the same principles to other fields, such as basketball transfers in one instance! Utilising the modern facilities of Cornell and mingling with their cohorts made it a social affair. The visit to NYSE and the Federal Reserve was a pleasant experience to see such a historic, symbolic place in the American economy.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
A diverse team with experience ranging across multiple disciplines and sectors.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Group work requires a lot of effort and is nothing short of a diplomatic endeavour. You must carefully assess your team’s strengths and weaknesses early so as to ensure that you maximise the quality of your output and, ultimately, secure the highest grade. Collaborative work is always a delicate situation and conflict may arise. It is important to learn how to deal with conflicts, should they arise, in a mature, responsible manner that does not compromise or undermine others.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Imperial bolsters a great network of competent alumni that are embedded in various world-class organisations across the globe. Talks given by certain alumni, in addition to their experiences at different firms, can be incredibly useful in guiding students through current challenges and preparing for life beyond university.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My goal since admission was to attain a robust, quantitative degree from a high-calibre institution that will provide a platform to achieve my future ambitions. Equipped with the competencies from my Master’s degree, I aim to excel in my role at a reputable financial institution through pragmatic, analytical techniques with extreme regard to empirical findings and stylised facts surrounding financial markets and products.
How did the services from Imperial College Business School Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
The experts at Imperial College Business School Careers have been involved in recruitment at some stage in their careers and hold valuable insight as to how a candidate can stand out in interviews. They also provide tailored advice in some instances where they have information on the particular company or industry. You also get access to details of alumni working at those firms that may provide further support to your application.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
London has and will likely continue to be a hub for financial services. As such, you are never too far from a financial analyst or an accountant. I can recount numerous moments when interacting with complete strangers that end up somehow involved in the finance industry. This makes networking with the right group relatively easy.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I currently reside in Fulham, just a short walk from the river. I appreciate the surroundings and truly enjoy the distance it offers from what sometimes becomes the hectic city life.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
Travelling across the UK is incredibly simple given the great infrastructure in place. London’s multiple airports also make travel to Europe both cheaper and more convenient than ever before. During my breaks, I was fortunate enough to travel to multiple cities, including: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Manchester, Paris, Madrid and Cannes.