Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I graduated from the ESTP (Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics Paris) and developed a strong interest in finance, and more especially in quantitative finance, following an internship at Crédit Agricole CIB Hong Kong Branch in 2011. I then began to look at different ways to change my career path and I quickly realised that a Specialised Master’s degree was my best option.
Why did you choose emlyon business school’s Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance?
I chose the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance because of its professional dimension. After completing this course, you can be sure that you will be operational and at ease in the financial world. None of the courses taught in the program are superfluous, they are all related to issues faced by companies in the financial sector.
What were the highlights of your experience in the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance?
The strength of this programme lies within the quality of its teaching staff. The majority of the professors are former professionals who know how to illustrate their lectures with concrete examples, frequently based on their personal experiences. What I valued most during my time at emlyon business school, were the conversations and exchanges I was able to have with them. Another key strength of the programme, and no doubt the most important one for my future career, is the professional network that can be built through the programme.
Has the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance help you reach your professional goals? And if so, how?
Absolutely. Following the Specialised Programme, I found an internship as assistant trader at Crédit Agricole CIB in Paris, and now I’m working as Market Risk Analyst for BNP Paribas in Tokyo as part of a V.I.E. (French International Internship Programme in a Company). This would have been impossible for me without the Master.
What advice would you give to the future students of the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance?
As its name implies, this is a specialised course of study. Before throwing yourself into this field, you should be sure that you want to pursue a career in quantitative finance. Once you are engaged in this path, my main recommendation is to engage in classroom discussions and interact with professors as much as you can to benefit from their expertise. My final piece of advice is to get to know as many of other students as possible, and not only those enrolled in your programme, to develop your network.