Case study: Jasmine Mehta
Hi, my name is Jasmine Mehta and I graduated in July 2014 having studied MSc in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance at the ICMA Centre, part of Henley Business School, in Reading, UK.
Post Financial Crisis in 2008 and Sovereign Crisis in 2010, the lesson of more Responsible Investments on part of asset owners and more accountability from their asset managers was learnt the hard way. This course provided the perfect blend of Capital Markets and Regulation, which is the need of the hour ever since the Financial Crisis. The course provided the ability to smoothly transition to varied arrays of finance, which in my case was from capital markets to regulation to responsible investments.
Studying in the UK
I think the UK provides excellent Masters in Finance courses and the ICMA Centre is one of the best schools for specialised finance, with in-house Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters terminals forming an integral part of the excellent infrastructure offered. Such state-of-the-art technology, coupled with regular industry insight seminars, facilitates integration of finance theory with practice.
The ICMA Centre attracts many international students due to its highly learned and experienced faculty led by Professor Adrian Bell. Such international presence represents diverse ideas and thought processes which helped me broaden my horizon. And, now I’ve got friends in many different countries.
Life beyond the ICMA Centre
Immediately on completion of my course, I interned with Responsible Investor and thereafter started working with MSCI in London as a Marketing Analyst for ESG Products. Currently I’m working MSCI out of Mumbai, Leading APAC Marketing for ESG Products.
To those students looking to find their job next year; networking is key to showing your interest in a particular role and convincing people that you’re worth it!
Advice to future students
If you’re thinking about studying finance, my advice would be to make sure you chose a course that gives you practical exposure to the real markets, which in my opinion is the best value add to one’s CV.