Leyi - Graduate School of Economics, Waseda University in Japan

MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management (QTEM)

Graduated: 2018

Current job: Investment Banking Analyst, HSBC, China

Exchange University: Graduate School of Economics, Waseda University in Japan

QTEM internship: Analyst Intern, ABCD Technology Co. Limited, Beijing

“The MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management at Exeter is an intense and challenging programme. As well as performing well in the course, I also studied and partook in the CFA® Level I and II examinations and I am incredibly proud to have achieved good results in both. I feel that the financial knowledge I have gained in addition to my QTEM experience will help me excel in my career.

For my QTEM exchange semester, I studied at the Graduate School of Economics at Waseda University in Japan. While there was no specific programme provided for us, we had a list of highly quantitative modules available and I was able to choose a course that I was interested in. For the second half of the QTEM programme, I undertook an internship with FinTech, a start-up company. I focussed on using both alternative and financial data to make quarterly revenue forecasts for several China Concept Stocks. The internship required both financial modelling and data processing skills, both of which I had built and improved on during my time at Exeter and Waseda.

The selection process is competitive and thorough, but I think it needs to be in order to assess if we meet the high standards. I found the whole process overall to be very fair. The process was comprehensive and consisted of a personal statement, interview and a review of academic performance. My advice to students thinking of the QTEM network would be to achieve your GMAT score before you apply. I studied for my GMAT during the Christmas break, which was a pretty stressful time with other exams and assignments. I would also recommend looking into some classes for the language where you will be studying which will not only give you a head start, it will be useful in your future career.

My experience at Exeter and during my QTEM exchange has been invaluable to my career. I wanted to seek a role at an international company in the financial service industry and I now have two years’ international experience. I have improved my interpersonal skills by working with a variety of people from different cultures and backgrounds and have had the opportunity to further improve my financial and quantitative analysis skills in a practical setting. Both my degree at Exeter and the QTEM programme have helped me stand out from other graduates and I can apply all I have learnt to my current role as a valuation analyst at the China office of Duff & Phelps.”