I lead a team of 25 people across four regions covering the Market Risk Reporting of Rates, FX, Equities, Emerging Markets, Credit and Commodities.
I wasn't really sure that I wanted to go into finance but my MSc at Middlesex made the decision easier for me. It gives a wide overview of how things work in the real world and how different pieces of the financial world are put together. This decomposition view of the sector made it easier to decide which piece of the puzzle I wanted to be a part of.
The cultural diversity, the level of knowledge of the lecturers and a clear drive for success shown by the lecturers.
I wanted some direction after my undergraduate degree in Maths. The MSc was a way for me to explore the other avenues/uses of mathematics. I enjoyed the interaction with the lectures the most.
Dr Epharim Clark and Yacine Belghitar. Dr Ephraim Clarke was a freelance consultant as well as a renowned academic in the financial services arena. Yacine Belghitar was a very knowledgeable person not only in his subject of expertise but the wider macro-economic landscape. Lecturers of this calibre are not easy to find and it is even harder to make sure you're in the classes they teach.
The support and blessings of my parents.
Do a postgraduate degree to give you direction, an undergrad on its own is just not enough.
Immensely, as it was the stepping stone to financial markets.
My current role at J.P. Morgan, a very well respected institution.
There is no such thing as a stupid question. Question everything, question everyone.