Portrait photograph of: Yi Tao

Yi Tao

Country Of Origin: China

Degree: BSc Finance, 2018

Why did you choose to study at LUMS?

Apart from being highly ranked among Top 10 in the UK and being reputational worldwide in the finance sector, LUMS appeared to be my mentor as a research-oriented hub with sufficient resources and professional career help. The supports that LUMS provided range from enriching CV to providing students with workshops to practice for assessments centers, aiming to enhance competitiveness of applications from all perspectives. It was a privilege, and I was so fortunate to learn both academic and occupational skills from this prestigious business school. The College system was also new to me as in my home country China colleges were not yet established in universities, and thus, studying and living in colleges had a special attraction for me.

What/who inspired you most at LUMS and why?

I’d like to thank my friends and colleagues I met at LUMS. LUMS offers a platform for students to meet peers with same interests. We encouraged each other throughout three years, going through peaks and bottoms together. I would like to take this opportunity to specially thank Wenru, Napapee and other bros, for giving me confidence to practice and improve my English. Professors from LUMS were particularly helpful as well. I would like to mention Dr Sandra Nolte from the Department of Accounting & Finance and Dr Maria Navarro Paniagua from the Department of Economics. They offered me great inspiration in learning Econometrics and its applications in Finance and Economics. The econometrics skills they taught me were one of the most useful knowledge I had learnt at LUMS, which certainly built me a bridge to postgraduate studies.

What was the best thing about your course?

My major, BSc in Finance, belongs to the Department of Accounting & Finance, one of the prestigious departments of LUMS. Unlike other universities, Department of Accounting & Finance at LUMS has more than 10 majors offered, such as Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Economics, Accounting, Finance and Computer Science, Accounting, Finance and Math, etc,. The variety of choices between our department and other departments, like Math & Statistics, Economics, Computer Science gives students the maximum freedom to follow their interests. 

What impact has your Lancaster experience had on your career?

LUMS delivered me decent academic knowledge and occupational skills and I wish to further transform them into practical performance. Besides my study at LUMS, I did three finance internships during my first and second year, practising theoretical skills I had been taught at LUMS and making them down-to-earth. For example, Spreadsheet Modelling offered by Department of Management Science and Using Financial Data Platforms offered by our department gave practical guidance to use spreadsheets and Bloomberg, which are essential when doing internships and jobs afterwards. In the future, after my further study at Cambridge, I am looking forward to entering into mutual fund company. With Lancaster MBA programme being a potential option in my consideration, my target is to be a VP/manager eventually. I do think LUMS has a significantly positive effect on my life and my career, and I would definitely recommend LUMS for prospective applicants. If you want some, join LUMS to get some!