First degree: Management, specialising in Accounting and Finance, UMIST
Year of graduation: 2005
Postgraduate degree: MSc Investment Management, Cass Business School
Year of postgraduate degree: 2006
Occupation: Buyouts analyst at 3i
Why did you decide to continue your studies?
I knew I wanted to go into finance, but was unsure exactly which area, because of the depth and breadth of paths you can take. I chose this course because it was radical. It covered a wide variety of topics within the context of finance, underscored by portfolio management, which I was interested in.
How did you fund your postgraduate studies?
Crisp notes – funds I had myself. I was also aided by my parents.
What was the workload like?
It was fairly intense, because during term time there was a lot of coursework and team work. We had to manage our time carefully. At the end of term there were lots of exams, and we didn’t get much free time apart from a few holidays dotted here and there.
What was it like studying again?
I never really stopped studying. Postgraduate study exposed me more to the practical side of finance, such as what it would be like to apply the things I’d learnt within my career. I think that is the whole point of Cass.
How was it different from undergraduate study?
There was much more group study involved. I had less time to myself and to relax. I spent more time thinking about things to do with my degree, as well as my career. Also the experience of studying in London was quite different compared with my time in Manchester.
Did you enjoy it?
I enjoyed Cass, which was very multicultural, and it really played to my interests a lot more. It allowed me to specify much more what I wanted to do, as opposed to when I was choosing your undergraduate degree. During your first degree you learn about yourself and what you want to do, and what your interests are.
Advice to those considering taking a postgraduate course:
Make sure that the course you choose really coincides with what you want to do and ensure you can subsequently apply the skills you can get from the course. Try not to do a postgraduate course just as a hobby, especially if you are ambitious and want to develop yourself quickly.