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Michael's story

"Strathclyde has a Careers Service and they're connected to industry players. You just work towards your grades and your schoolwork with the awareness that this is translating to some kind of job placement or prospect with an employer."

"After my undergrad, I had a few years where I was able to ruminate on what I wanted to do going into the future. I had to do a Masters either way, because professionally now, almost everyone needs to have a Masters-level qualification. The investment and finance programme, in particular, struck me as something I was ready to do.

"I was well aware there were certain constructs, concept-wise, that you had to grasp. I wanted some kind of preparatory phase before I jumped into it. I think it gets you in that scholar mind-state. Initially, coming from not doing school for a few years, it's a bit of a mental shift to start going to classes. It was really good because that pretty much set a foundation for your thinking. The things I'm doing right now, they're a bit different, but they're all full of the same general logic to it.

"The Business School is a very welcoming place. I think the first thing that strikes you is it's rather modern. It's very well equipped. You find yourself going there to study and I think that definitely contributes positively to productivity.

"They have interesting labs and terminals for the Bloomberg platform that allows students to train on the platform. That's the terminal they use to check securities, check price movements.

"I'm definitely going to make applications to banks and securities firms. I think long-term I'm going to go back to Nigeria and be involved in the common development. I’m primarily developing analytical skills. And it's not just personal learning. If you're a part of a team and you work together, then your actions also affect other people. When you start getting that awareness that the things you do are part of a shared goal, this can be applied to the professional world."

Michael from Nigeria 
Studied Pre-Masters Programme in
Business and Social Studies
Progressed to MSc Investment & Finance

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