Class of 2011-12
"Among all my studies, this year was by far the best and the most exciting one.
I had an engineering background and had worked for a year in IT in the banking industry before the MSc. I really wanted to learn about finance so I started to look for a challenging MSc which would be a springboard for starting a career in Front Office. That is exactly what I found with the MSc Financial Markets & Investments at SKEMA.
I learned from talented professionals who were accessible to us out of class too. Tarek Amyuni was a great MSc director, he gave dedicated follow-up to each of us and was at the same time a very capable teacher of very important concepts.
I studied a complete range of courses about financial markets, which helped me to get ready for job interviews.
With the Bloomberg Room, we were able to jump easily from theory to practice, always focusing on learning to get ready for the floor!
At the end of the programme, I moved to Amsterdam to work as a junior trader at Optiver, a leading proprietary trading firm."
Class of 2010-11
“The MSc in Financial Markets & Investments is an opportunity to gain real, in-depth knowledge and practice for working in financial markets.
The workload is fairly intense, providing us with all the necessary skills the job market demands.
Specialised, up-to-date courses have prepared us to work in the financial world.
The extensive use of the Bloomberg terminals as well as the Excel-based courses and the VBA seminar have been essential in equipping us with the right finance characteristics to make it in this field.
I’ve already found work as a treasury FX risk analyst at E.ON Energy Trading SE in Düsseldorf.”
“This MSc has provided me with a unique learning experience that’s enabled me to hit the ground running in my professional life upon graduation. The strong academic foundation, coupled with a highly practical teaching style, has given me not only an understanding of financial markets, but more importantly how to manoeuvre through them.
At SKEMA they don't teach financial concepts, they teach you how to apply them.
I have already obtained a position as a stock broker for Pareto Securities in Oslo, a renowned investment bank in Norway.”
Class of 2013-14
"I chose this MSc as it's one of the top masters in finance worldwide. In the end, I discovered that it was much more than this.
This programme gave me all the required knowledge for a career in finance.
The second semester programme splits in two different tracks according to students’ interests. Most of the courses in the tracks are taught by actual professionals, giving an insider’s point of view. While the class composition itself consisted of people from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds.
Every month, we had conferences on hot topics presented by professionals that work in top tier banks and financial institutions.
In addition we had the chance to do many trading simulations on our Bloomberg terminals and work on real-life cases studies.
Before even finishing my second semester, I had already signed my contract with Société Générale for an internship in their Equity Research department. This degree helped me get that position."
Class of 2011-12
"This MSc is a great way to learn everything that one needs to start a career on a trading floor.
Courses cover all the asset classes from commodities to equities, including credit derivatives, structured products, etc.
Most classes are practice-oriented and taught by accessible and talented professionals. Additional classes, sometimes optional, such as Technical Analysis or Banking Regulation, are great too.
I had a great time studying financial markets at SKEMA, and it was the perfect preparation to get me going at the Structured Products desk at Société Générale and then to the Structured Products Sales & Trading team at Kepler Capital Markets, the leading independent brokerage firm in continental Europe."
"I used to study finance for my bachelor’s degree in Vietnam but I could never remember all the formulae because I didn’t really know what they were for; it was all just theory. After this MSc, I now understand everything much better.
With Bloomberg software, we access up-to-minute market data and apply directly what we’ve learnt in class to current moving market situations.
On the MSc programme, we were taught by current managers from banks or financial firms, like BNP, and we did reports as real analysts do, so now I am equipped with all the skills for my future career.
Moreover, with interesting simulations, I gained knowledge about how the market moves and is traded, but also had fun with my classmates from all over the world.
Now I am going to go back to Vietnam to work as a market risk analyst in a commercial bank.
With the MSc Financial Markets & Investments, I now know that even without any prior work experience or training, I can start my job immediately and handle it competently."
"First and foremost, we received training by practitioners passionate about their subject and about teaching it. These seminars alone were worth investing one year in the programme.
Secondly, the rhythm was very intense and good preparation for taking my next step in the fast-paced environment of the financial markets.
Thirdly, I received two offers for an internship a few days after the end of the programme: one from Société Générale and one from one of our teachers who is a former trader at Société Générale and now runs a fund on his own.
Also, the Bloomberg terminals gave me deep exposure to Bloomberg, widely used in the industry and not offered by many other schools.
The combination of all these made it a real turning point for my career."
Class of 2014-15
"Passionate practitioners working at top tier banks train us during modules and focus on real-time practical examples. Those modules give you the opportunity to better understand their daily business, create a network and develop skills needed for front office jobs.
Furthermore you have unlimited access to Bloomberg terminals and must use them for many projects during both semesters. That gives you proficiency with those terminals and is real added value for your future career.
I’ve gained a solid understanding of different asset classes ranging from equities to commodities. I was able to advance my knowledge during the second semester by selecting exciting electives that suited my area of interest.
Overall it has been intense but definitely worth the investment. It helped me to develop my technical skills and to receive an offer at Addax and Oryx Group in their Oil Trading department one month before the end of the programme."
Class of 2012-13
"I decided to do the MSc taught by Tarek Amyuni after a gap year where I worked in treasuries at Cofidis and then in a trading room at UBS. My main concerns were to do a well-ranked MSc that has a wide-ranging programme allowing me to work not only in trading rooms, but also in corporate finance.
All the courses were taught in English and many exercises made us use the Bloomberg room. The workload is quite intense which makes the second term challenging, especially when we’re looking for jobs at the same time.
Concerning the job, I’ve secured a post at UBS Luxembourg thanks to this MSc. I was recruited before the end of my studies.
To sum up, I have found the Financial Markets & Investments programme to be an extremely valuable MSc, which is much appreciated within banks and finance."
"Specialising with the MSc Financial Markets & Investments is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of financial markets, whatever job you want to do afterwards (sales, trading, structuring, asset management, risk analyst…).
It’s a complete programme taught by experienced and attentive professionals. They focus courses on global economic and financial news which really helps us to fit into working life.
The unlimited access to the Bloomberg Room is also a real advantage for both technical practice and personal knowledge.
Finally, the small class sizes (about 40 students each year) contribute to creating a good atmosphere and increasing group cohesion.
I've found this year very intensive but valuable too.
I've learned a lot and this specialisation has allowed me to join the Advisory Services' Investment Solution team of UBS Monaco Wealth Management as an investment analyst."
“I am really happy I chose to do the MSc Financial Markets & Investments at SKEMA!
It’s been an intense year but I now feel confident about working in the financial world.
Not only did I gain solid knowledge about various financial products, such as bonds, options, futures, forwards, structured products, etc., but I now know I can work in a trading room.
As we had access to the Bloomberg room, I got familiar with the software.
But the MSc was not all about theoretical knowledge. Through different assignments, study cases and simulations I enhanced my critical, analytical and practical skills as well as my presentation skills.
The majority of the teachers had worked in the field before and the way they shared their experiences with us made it even more interesting. Another strong point was their availability to students and the fact that they were easy to talk to.
It’s been an amazing year during which I learned a lot and built great friendships with students from all over the world. I recommend this master to anyone interested in studying market finance.”
"SKEMA’s MSc in Financial Markets & Investments has helped me better my understanding of financial markets. It has been particularly good for mastering the practical side of things. This is essential for a career in this field.
The selection of classes and material taught makes this master unique and extremely beneficial. Professors are experts and expect a lot from you, pushing you through a multitude of practical projects.
This training has given me confidence and I can definitely see the MSc’s added-value now that I’m starting my career.
I now work in New York as a senior analyst for Chappuis Halder & Co, a consulting firm specialised in financial services."
"We learned how markets act and react to whatever was covered in class and constant access to Bloomberg terminals and daily issues of the FT ensured that we could observe it through real-time practical examples.
We became accustomed to how the different asset classes, markets and information releases interacted with each other, but more importantly, we learned how to act on this information.
The wide variety of experienced professionals that came to present the classes also presented a unique insight in what it is like inside the markets at the moment.
Coming to Skema has also provided me with a diverse new network of great friends across the globe. Due the various backgrounds of the students we were able to learn from and through each other, and that for me was greatly rewarding.
Less than a month after handing in my thesis I received an offer to join the J.P.Morgan graduate programme in Johannesburg on their equity trading desk, an opportunity I previously could only dream about."
"The MSc Financial Markets & Investments provides students with a high quality of lectures especially thanks to experienced professionals who share their experience.
The course content gives students great practice based on the study of real-world situations.
The emphasis on programming languages is also a must.
I highly recommend this master to anybody who wishes to broaden their knowledge in financial markets. It's a very good way of learning theory and at the same time to practice it in the Bloomberg Room.
I’ve already reached my objective: I’ve got a job in the Front Office; I’m starting work for Société Générale in London within the credit derivatives structuring team."
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