How a University of London degree can aid your business career
Many thousands of our students worldwide are studying undergraduate business and finance-related programmes to help them progress in their career. It is important to students that University of London degrees have a strong academic reputation and are valued by employers worldwide. As many students are combining working life with their studies, the flexibility to study at a pace that suits them and the opportunity to attend classes at prestigious local colleges is appreciated.
What does it take to succeed with a University of London degree and to gain a foothold in a sought-after banking career? Jeetendar Chandnani, who gained a First Class BSc Banking and Finance degree in 2010, shares his experiences.
What prompted you to start your degree?
I always had a strong interest in the financial markets and wanted to pursue a career within the financial services. When I came across the opportunity to study in Hong Kong for a University of London degree I decided to apply. Studying with the University of London gives you the opportunity to study with a world-class institution and equip yourself with education of the highest standard.
Did you study full time or combine your work with your studies?
I studied full-time primarily, but I studied two courses on my own. During the first few months of my final year, I did an internship as an analyst with an investment company in Hong Kong, Auda Alternative Investments. While I studied I taught English language part-time and completed a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
What do you think has been the most valuable thing that you learnt from studying your degree?
Discipline and maturity. It’s not easy to sit one exam a year that covers the entire year’s syllabus. It is therefore important to keep track of where you are, and where you need to be, in order to do well. You need to be disciplined and keep the right balance between work and play.
What job did you obtain when you graduated?
After I graduated, I was looking for a challenging role where I could deal with investment banking clients, follow the financial markets closely, and take a more proactive role in business development. Huxley Associates offered me an attractive opportunity and I joined them about two months after completing my final examinations.
In my role, I followed global markets news on a daily basis, undertook competitor analysis and produced research reports for clients. I travelled to Singapore every quarter to conduct business development for the firm.
What I most enjoyed was dealing with sales and traders and following the global markets news. I welcome challenges, so attending meetings and discussing the financial markets with clients was a very motivating part of the role.
"The BSc Banking and Finance degree equipped me with the product and financial markets knowledge that I needed"
In what ways do you apply your learnings from your BSc Banking and Finance degree to your job?
If you are working in sales it is important to understand your product. I had to understand products such as corporate bonds, government bonds, types of financial derivatives, and financial markets in general. The BSc Banking and Finance degree equipped me with the product and financial markets knowledge that I needed.
Why would you recommend the University of London BSc Banking and Finance degree to other people?
University of London qualifications make use of your intelligence and applying your knowledge between courses is highly valued. University of London also values 'out of the box' thinking and rewards the intellectual and practical reasoning behind your answer in the examinations. I also found that the lecturers at HKU SPACE were helpful and guided me throughout the year.
Have you got any tips for people considering the BSc Banking and Finance?
It’s a challenging degree, no doubt. It is important to do your own research, read, analyse and understand the material, rather than memorising it. It is important to be able to relate what you study to real life.
Finally, do you have any particular hobbies or interests outside work? Is it difficult to find time for these?
I like to socialise, meet new people, hang out with my friends on weekends. I love watching sports, in particular football.