“Don’t chase after money, focus on finding yourself as a professional, money isn’t an issue when you enjoy what you do.”

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Dmitry Pak, Thomson Reuters

Commodities and Energy Associate, Thomson Reuters

It was during Dmitry Pak’s second Economics Masters at Exeter that one of his lecturers suggested Thomson Reuters as a possible company to work for.

I came to Exeter from Russia in 2007, first to study a Diploma in Management and to learn academic English, and then to do a Masters in Financial Economics. I was considering a PhD next, but one of my professors suggested I do a Masters in Economics first, so I stayed on for a second MSc.

After deciding a PhD wasn’t my cup of tea – or not yet anyway – I started thinking about possible careers. One of my lecturers had been in the financial industry for a long time, and he offered me some extremely valuable insights, as well as suggestions of possible companies I could work for with my Economics background. One of which was Thomson Reuters.

I worked with them initially on an unpaid summer internship in their Exeter offices, before joining their Commodities and Energy desk in London, where I’m working now. I work with international financial institutions across Europe and Asia, who invest in commodities and energy. Essentially, our clients use our products to follow the financial markets – and we help them do that in the most effective way to extract the information they want, whether that’s prices for oil, or sugar or gold.

My typical day starts with emails and phone calls from our customers. After that I might go to a trading floor in the City or be on a conference call with our colleagues in the States. About half of my clients are Russian and half from the rest of the world, so it’s a good mix. I have always enjoyed working with people, building up new contacts, and expanding and developing new ideas.

For me, university was about tapping into the opportunities on offer. For example, I very much enjoyed hearing from the guest speakers, organised by the Business School. I remember once I had a chance to meet Kostya Novoselov, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010. Meetings like this widen your horizons, regardless of your professional area.

I also learnt a lot of skills at Exeter, which have come in very useful. Interacting with people from different backgrounds, being an efficient team player and networking – are all things I make use of now. I learnt to swim at Exeter too – and I also took a language course in Chinese, which was an absolutely new experience for me.

My philosophy is ‘Work hard, it will pay off in the end’. Don’t chase after money, focus on finding yourself as a professional, money isn’t an issue when you enjoy what you do. And never give up, because the cream always rises to the top.

At the moment, I’m looking forward to running some workshops at the Business School to show students how to use the latest Thomson Reuters analytical tools. Exeter gave me a lot of opportunities, I’d like to give something in return.