Country of origin: Germany
Relationship Manager (Corporate Banking), German Desk at LBBW
Prior to coming to Lancaster, I completed a company-sponsored three-year dual degree with IBM Germany in BA International Business and a subsequent one-year assignment as a financial services consultant.
In order to shift my strategic career direction towards a more quantitative role, I chose to enrol on the MSc Finance at LUMS. Key reasons for selecting LUMS were the CFA Program Partner status, the FT ranking and the high value-for-money of the programme itself as well as the School’s triple accreditation and the study abroad opportunities.
My expectations of my experience at Lancaster have been more than exceeded. The integrated CFA training package helped me to pass the Level I Exam alongside my Masters study. In my role as a course representative, I could interact with a great number of students from all over the world on a frequent basis and thus build up a strong network which will be invaluable in the future. Moreover, the Lancaster University Confucius Institute offered Chinese language courses which I decided to take in my free time.
Study abroad experience
From the start of my Master programme I worked hard to get selected for the Study Abroad scheme at Renmin University in Beijing. In addition to being able to list another prestigious institution on my CV, going abroad provided several advantages:
- I had the dream of continuing my career in Asia which is why studying for one term at an Asian university would make applications easier as I would be closer to the market.
- I also believed that taking courses at an MBA level with students with several years of work experience in one of the current world’s emerging markets would be a very enriching challenge.
- Staying in China gave me the possibility to greatly enhance my Chinese language skills.
Studying in Beijing at one of China’s Top 4 universities has been a very rewarding experience and I would like to thank the Lancaster China Management Centre for their scholarship to facilitate this journey. I highly appreciate the fact that you are able to choose the courses you are most interested in.
Not only did I complete all the first three levels of the Chinese Proficiency Test HSK during that term, but I also secured the next step in my career. After leaving China, I started a six-month internship in Singapore in the Ship Finance department of a German bank, NORD/LB.