Major: Finance and Marketing
Current or most recent position: Morgan Stanley (Hong Kong), Analyst
When I first came to MIT, I spent a year studying computer science until I realized I would probably enjoy business and finance more. I had always done start-up work and wanted to learn more about companies, their cultures, and how they worked. If I hadn't chosen to pursue my degree at MIT Sloan, I probably would have ended up getting a degree in engineering.
The fact that everyone around me at MIT Sloan knew so much about the finance industry made me want to find out more about it. The on-campus presentations and recruiting events by investment banks definitely drew me in. In addition, my coursework was really interesting and made me feel like banking would be a good fit for me after graduation. It was both challenging and dynamic.
I am currently finishing my first year as an investment-banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong. The variety of responsibilities, learning opportunities, and teamwork are among the things I enjoy most. I am learning a great deal about companies that operate throughout Asia, globally, and across all industries. It's really good exposure for me to figure out which industries I may want to look into for the next phase of my career. The people I work with are very supportive and encouraging and want me to succeed. Overall, I enjoy meeting all different types of people in varying positions in the company.
One of my favorite experiences at MIT Sloan was the class project for Business Analysis Using Financial Statements. It was a team project in which we presented on the future growth potential for Tiffany & Co. It required a lot of work, but it was so interesting and fun. I enjoyed presenting our work to the class, and I also learned a lot of practical skills from it too, like financial analysis, which I use every day now.
Various MIT Sloan alumni were very helpful when I was preparing for job interviews. They offered me advice and guidance. Some even offered to pass my resume on to their human resource personnel. They were all more than willing to help and took time to speak with me either in person or on the phone. This was invaluable to my success during recruiting.