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Adam Ferris

Degree:

MFE

Location:

France

Year:

2017-18

By Adam Ferris

Introduction to Adam Ferris

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Thoughtful

Manager: Determined

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford

Born in England but raised in France and its education system. My large spectrum of interests as well as a taste for analytics and research led me to a French Baccalauréat in Sciences followed by a BSc in Economics in the sunny city of Toulouse. Then looking to delve into the business context as well as the financial one and with a desire for a new environment and challenge I applied to the MFE course at Saïd Oxford Business School.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MFE?

In preparation for the MFE course I have studied the necessary pre-arrival material and taken steps to further my understanding in subjects I have had less exposure to during my previous education (e.g. English Accountancy). Less MFE course orientated but still an important element of the MFE, I have compiled a spreadsheet of jobs/education/companies that I would like to pursue post-MFE.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing the MFE programme?

I hope to gain insight from a financial perspective of what makes countries/companies/consumers tick. As well as a matching developed toolset to study those elements. I also believe the MFE course will provide a stimulating environment for new learnings through a rich diversity in the student body at Saïd and in Oxford. And that furthermore these acquaintances become friendships.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MFE?

Pre-arrival at the MFE I have followed the academic advice, blogs, vlogs and contacted Oxford members to get a feel for the life style that will be needed to succeed, thrive and most importantly get the best experience out of Oxford. From this research, the predominant advice has been to be prepared for the intensity of the course, the multi-tasking of the course and the job application process, and to try out the societies and clubs that Oxford offers.

Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?

The environment would have to be the most exciting aspect of Oxford. A University with a wealth of knowledge and history, with academics that are having major impacts on the world and researching the most probing questions of our time. Surrounded by students who are fascinated and fascinating vis-à-vis their disciplines and interests.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

In my opinion, for me, the most challenging aspect of the course will to make sure that even without a strong financial background I am able to keep up and get the best value of Oxford’s teachings.

Q8. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

It would have to be #OxfordMFE being the only one I have heard of.

 

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