"As I have gone through the first semester, the professors, the lectures, and my previous experience have boosted my confidence. I feel altogether everyone around at University provides one with great support."
Why did you choose to come to Surrey?
A Greek philosopher once stated that “Change is the only constant in life”, I believe in a world where even routine life changes frequently, one needs to be ready for such change. This vision of mine is aligned with the University’s vision. The University of Surrey offers courses in diversified fields and believes in academic excellence. It is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK as well as in the world. It possesses highly qualified faculty members. Moreover, the resources and expertise available at the University of Surrey provide with a broad and deep learning experience. Furthermore, it is located in one of the most beautiful counties, making it even more attractive.
What was your impression of Surrey?
The first time I visited the University, it instantly became my dream campus. Separate buildings for each program, the library, student lounges, the lake, and the hive, all seemed very captivating and fascinating.
Why are you passionate about your subject?
"The field of Finance challenges me the most, working on most complex transactions and numbers excites me hence I am passionate about Finance."
My interest in the field of finance traces me back to my childhood. Since I was a kid, everyone knew I was good with numbers. Even though my parents dreamt of me pursuing Medicine, I took a stand for myself and followed my dream. I currently hold an MBA (Finance) degree from the Institute of Business Management, Pakistan. Right after completing my degree, I pursued my career in Banking and for the past 8 years, I have taken on various challenging roles within the banking industry. The field of Finance challenges me the most, working on most complex transactions and numbers excites me hence I am passionate about Finance.
Why did you choose to study your course at Surrey?
Despite working for quite a few years, I always had a long-term dream of obtaining a master’s degree abroad. My passion for banking has led me to select an MSc International Corporate Finance degree for my postgraduate course. The typical course of the MSc program outlines topics like my area of interest but in a much-polished way. Additionally, it will put me in a position to further myself both personally and professionally.
What are the academic staff and facilities like on your course?
"The academic staff are very well-learned and is well versed in the topics they are teaching. They possess the right expertise to teach such courses. The facilities that have been provided are exceptional."
Are you part of any clubs or societies and if so, how have they contributed to your Surrey experience?
Although I am not part of any clubs or societies, I am a course representative, so I get to interact with a lot of students - listening to their points of view on the courses they are taking and what can be done to make it better.
What are the best things about life in general at Surrey?
"The best thing about life in general here is its location. It is very near to London and its main attractions. Also, the whole campus is very appealing."
How do you spend your time on campus?
I mostly spend my time with friends experiencing various eateries, especially the ones located near the lakeside. It makes us feel refreshed and relaxed. During winter time, the University is the most beautiful as the snow freezes the lake and it all seems very picturesque.
Do you feel supported at university?
I feel very supported and protected at the University. I believe the professors make you feel very involved in the courses. Not just in the lecture, but outside lectures as well. They go the extra mile to make you understand everything.
How do you think your time at Surrey has impacted your employability once you graduate?
As the University is ranked one of the highest in the field of Finance, I believe it would impact positively on my employability.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about postgraduate study?
Anyone who believes to be a continuous learner should enroll themselves in postgraduate study, so that they are aware of the current conditions of the market relevant to their field.
Do you think you’ve changed since you started at Surrey? How?
When I first started University, I was a bit shy, low on confidence, and a bit afraid of how the program would be and the contents of the course outline. But as I have gone through the first semester, the professors, the lectures, and my previous experience have boosted my confidence. I feel altogether everyone around at University provides one with great support.
What do you plan to do following your postgraduate course at Surrey?
After completion of the program, I expect to possess highly practical financial skills and the flexibility necessary to work in international settings in the future. My career goal is to become a leading corporate and investment banker and develop a career that is rewarding in terms of both financial and personal rewards.