"Overall, studying in the University of Surrey was a life changing experience for me. I had the chance to interact with intellectual people from all over the world and get a different perspective of what is important in life and what I wanted to do with mine."
CourseBusiness Economics and Finance
Marianna Papatriantafyllou is Risk Systems Manager at HSBC Holdings PLC. Working for one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations, her role involves everyday interaction with various HSBC businesses around the world.
Marianna describes her time and Surrey led to a job as a Risk Systems Manager at HSBC.
What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?
What attracted me the most was the taught programme itself, MSc Business Economics and Finance.
While most universities were offering programmes focused completely on finance or completely on business economics, the University of Surrey was offering a very strong combination of the two subjects, both very appealing in the business world. This course covered from Financial Econometrics to Economics of the Firm; from Theory of Finance to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?
The very stimulating environment, the supportive lecturers, the beautiful campus and University halls. Gatherings with my fellow students in the communal areas in the halls for hours, exchanging ideas about the course, politics, music, TV series, entertainment - there are many memories of Surrey that make me feel grateful for my 12 months experience there.
What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
If I had to pick one, it would be the excellent Career Service the University provides and the on-going support, even long after graduation. When I finished my MSc I went back to Greece for two years. When I decided to come back to London to search for a job opportunity, I visited the Careers Service on campus. The career advisors did a full review of my CV and gave me very good tips on where to look for employment and how to present myself in an interview. I truly owe them a big thank you for their help.
How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?
Overall, studying in the University of Surrey was a life changing experience for me. I had the chance to interact with intellectual people from all over the world and get a different perspective of what is important in life and what I wanted to do with mine. The course itself and the lecturers made me even more enthusiastic about Finance and more determined to succeed in this area.
Furthermore, the University of Surrey is a well-known, truly respected University and a very good name for a CV in the UK which proved vital for me when I was looking for a job.
What do you find most enjoyable about your line of work and why?
First and foremost, I am excited to work for HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. What I find most exciting about my role in particular is my everyday interaction with the various HSBC businesses globally.
Also, my increasing responsibilities and the faith and trust I receive from my colleagues is very rewarding. Finally, gaining more knowledge on Credit Risk and Financial Products is keeping me motivated and on my toes.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
Work hard with enthusiasm for your profession and for expanding your knowledge; have a ‘yes’ attitude; respect the chain of management and bring ideas to your team to move the business forward.
Is remaining connected with the alumni network important to you?
Yes, it is important for me to learn news about the University and stay connected to a community that made me feel welcome and at home.