A solid grounding
“When I started investigating postgraduate finance programmes, I wasn’t ready to narrow my choices down too much. I knew I liked finance – I’d taken a corporate finance module during the summer – but there were almost too many options around. Offering a solid grounding in markets and global business, together with a world-class brand, London Business School’s Masters in Financial Analysis programme ticked the right boxes. The idea of joining a dedicated business school community, rather than a large university, also appealed. LBS is a tight-knit community of like-minded, ambitious people. I knew I’d meet and learn alongside people with amazing experiences to share".
“And I was right. The School gave me an amazing group of friends – having a strong network both here in London and globally is a huge asset for ambitious people. The diversity in my class, both geographically and in terms of professional backgrounds, spurred numerous thought-provoking discussions. I wanted to learn about people’s experiences and aspirations and be inspired. In turn, I found that telling others my own story pushed me to reflect on what I’d done up to that point and taught me a lot about myself. Ultimately, it helped me find a job I love".
“Since graduating, I’ve worked in both corporate finance and markets. Thanks to LBS I was able to secure sought-after internships at a private equity company and a hedge fund. Both those jobs are hard to get without prior finance experience. I got a lot of coaching, both at group sessions and personally, and attended a lot of high-level events. And I was always able to ask a member of the Careers team to direct me to the most relevant employer – that’s how I was introduced to the manager of the hedge fund where I now work".
“Doing two internships helped me understand which area suited me better. I love my role at Provenance. I’ve grown a lot professionally in the last year and I’ve also taken on greater responsibility. I’ve relied heavily on my MFA toolkit to tackle the challenges of my new position. I improved my team-work and project-management skills considerably. Business tools like Excel are still very useful. And for the most part my job as a trader and data analyst requires me to look at financial markets, analyse behavioural aspects of investment and asset management, and deal with equity markets and relevant hedging strategies – all things I covered in one form or another at LBS.”