Half way through my undergraduate degree (B.Sc. Sport Science) I realised that I wanted a career in business, and was particularly interested in the investment side of the financial industry. My lack of prior exposure to the academic subjects of finance and economics meant that the MSc in Investment Analysis was challenging, and occasionally the amount of new information felt overwhelming. However, the standard of teaching at Stirling is extremely high, enabling me to quickly get on an equal footing with my class mates. The content of the course closely follows the CFA curriculum, which is not only attractive to employers, but also means that everything you learn is directly applicable to most careers in the investment industry.
My motivation for doing the course was mainly to equip myself with a strong base of knowledge needed for the investment industry. When applying for jobs, I found that there was a great deal of respect for the course amongst employers, which is extremely important for getting interviews in this highly competitive industry. I am delighted that I have been employed by Alliance Trust, a highly respected investment company, on their graduate scheme. During the next few years I will be expected to take various professional examinations, and the MSc has made me confident that these are manageable. I was also lucky enough to be awarded a partial scholarship by the university to sit the CFA level 1 examination, which is a great opportunity to take the first step towards becoming a CFA charter holder.
This course attracts an extremely diverse range of people from across the world. This international flavour means that you are exposed to different cultures and you come away from the year with friends and contacts around the world. Because of the opportunities the MSc has opened to me, I would recommend it to anyone whose aim is to work in the investment industry.