The impact of a WBS MSc scholarship

18 October 2021

Our MSc alumni share their reflections on the impact a scholarship from Warwick Business School had upon their learning experience and career path.

The scholarship allowed me to focus on my studies without having to work part-time

Louis Wang, Consultant, Earl&Gomes
MSc Business with Accounting & Finance (2018 - 2019)

The main reason I wanted to pursue a Master’s degree was to learn more about finance as I wanted to enter the industry but I had no prior experience in the area. WBS has provided me with a profound understanding of multiple asset classes and capital markets technical skills which opened up a plethora of opportunities in the consulting, finance, banking and investment management industries.

The scholarship I received allowed me to focus on my studies without having to work part-time, which I did during my bachelor years. This enabled me to fully commit to fulfilling both my academic and non-academic responsibilities and helped me develop excellent time management skills and a very strong work ethic. I used my scholarship to pay off a large part of my rent at the student accommodation in Coventry which felt amazing.

The Master’s degree has transformed me into a proactive and highly focused individual with an analytical and logical approach to problem-solving. I also became adept at handling and interpreting data which is essential in today’s data-driven economy. I have undertaken modules such as Business Analysis and Valuation, Corporate Finance and Foundations of Financial and Management Accounting. Therefore, I have a profound knowledge of multiple asset classes and am comfortable with working with large datasets, discounting cash flows for valuation, forecasting, and producing accurate financial statements and reports.

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It enhanced my motivation to help other people from more disadvantaged backgrounds gain the same opportunities

Dinesh Patel, Analyst, Barclays
MSc Finance & Economics (2018 - 2019)

I decided to study at WBS because of its reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Before accepting my offer, I researched some of the recent alumni of the MSc Finance & Economics programme on LinkedIn to see what kind of roles they went on to do. It was clear that many of the alumni were working at bulge bracket investment banks, hedge funds, and highly regarded boutiques, which was well aligned with my ambitions.

I received the 50% scholarship from WBS. The scholarship gave me the opportunity to come to WBS. Without it, the tuition fees would have been too high for me to attend. The scholarship also enhanced my motivation to want to help other people from more disadvantaged backgrounds gain the same opportunities. This is something that remains very close to my heart. At Barclays, I have continued to push this agenda, engaging in their mentoring schemes and also completing the preparatory steps to be a governor at the school that I went to as a child.

I currently work for Barclays within model risk. I feel privileged to have a role that doesn’t really feel like a job. One of the reasons why I wanted to do a master’s degree is because I love understanding how models work at a fundamental mathematical level. This is something that was really pushed by my lecturers at Warwick. There was a big emphasis on the lectures and exams not just being a memory test. I was forced to develop a mindset of learning how a theory works and not just memorising how to apply it. At the time it was challenging and I probably didn’t appreciate how valuable that mindset would be. But it has set me apart in my role at Barclays. I get to do this every day when I’m analysing the prediction models used within the bank.

The content that I studied at Warwick is really well aligned with the work that is done at Barclays and probably more generally in the industry as a whole. Most of my lecturers had worked in the industry in some capacity before and so they are able to explain how the things they are teaching are applied in practice.  It has been really easy for me to settle into this role because I’ve already got an understanding of how the bank operates. When I interact with people across the bank, I have an understanding of what they do and, to an extent, what their objectives are in their role.

Are you ready to equip yourself with the knowledge, experience and confidence to achieve your goals and improve the world for the better? Warwick Business School offers up to 50% scholarships to the Change Makers of the future.

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