High Expectations

Hello fellow students. My name is Ali-Abbas and I have just started the MSc Finance Programme here at the Business School. Previously, I studied Economics at Warwick University.

Having been interested in Finance from an early age I applied to the Masters programme to really fill the gaps in my technical knowledge before launching into a career in Investment Banking. After interning at Morgan Stanley over the summer I realised that a Masters degree in Finance would really help me to advance within the field as well as differentiate myself in the recruitment process.

My plan was always to come back to work in London after my undergraduate degree but Imperial’s reputation, partnership with the CFA Institute and top ranked Finance Programme in London, made it an unmissable opportunity.

Going into the programme I was told by friends who had completed the course that it would be an academically rigorous year, in keeping with the Imperial reputation, but it would also be incredibly rewarding and a great foundation for a wide range of careers within Finance. My expectations for the MSc programme were admittedly high, and yet so far they have been met and exceeded. The quality of teaching at the business is school is phenomenal and the organisation of programme makes everything run smoothly. I feel that at Imperial the MSc course is really run for us and the programme team are always looking for ways to improve it.

My classmates come from all around the world and within a couple of months I have made friends with some of the most intelligent and driven people I have ever met. It’s fantastic to be studying with like-minded people with similar career ambitions. The Alumni Network here is a life-long community and in an industry driven by relationships I feel that this really makes Imperial stand out.

I would say that the Business School’s greatest strength though is its career service. Former recruiters provide sessions on everything from the basics of writing a CV and Cover Letter to networking sessions with Imperial Alumni. Prospective students can be assured that coming to Imperial will really raise their career prospects.

The last two months have been great and this is definitely a course I would recommend to anyone hoping to either work in or learn more about finance. I found the September term an easy transition into a new, much more exciting discipline. I hope you also decide to join the Business School and enjoy the experience as much as I am.

Ali-Abbas Punjani, MSc Finance.



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