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Jake Priestley

  • Programme: Masters in Management
  • Nationality: British
  • Job Post-programme: FX Trader (Associate), Morgan Stanley

Undergraduate Degree

Philosophy, UCL 

Why LBS?

My reasons for undertaking a Masters in Management (MiM) degree were very simple. I knew that I needed a world-class business education in order to properly ready myself for my career, and I wanted a programme that combined theory with practice. London Business School offered a truly global brand, one that was capable of cutting across industries and geographies and propelling me into the international business arena.

MiM provides a wide-ranging course of study with subject areas covering everything from marketing to finance. The academics are second-to-none, largely thanks to the superb faculty, and everything within the classroom is cleverly linked to the real world environment. This enabled me to develop a very broad toolkit, one that is critical in ensuring I function successfully within the wider business environment. Modules in finance and macroeconomics were particularly relevant and enjoyable and my new depth of knowledge in these areas were immediately transferable to my graduate role.

Learning on MiM is a multi-faceted and defining experience involving a broad range of perspectives. One of the things that makes the programme so successful is the strong emphasis on teamwork and peer input – the student body is incredibly diverse, so even though some of my classmates had similar career goals, they came from vastly different backgrounds.

Getting involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities is also a key aspect of the London Business School experience. I was an active member of the Rugby club which made me very aware of the impact that alumni have on the student body. I left campus with the necessary tools to make the best possible start to my career; more importantly, I now have access to a wonderful global network that is available to me for the rest of my life.