Here is an introduction to Harshdeep Singh who will be joining the MFE programme in September 2017. Harshdeep will be a regular blogger, sharing his journey throughout the 9 month programme.
Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Hustler
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am an Indian citizen and was brought up in a family of entrepreneurs. I was the first in my entire family to graduate from a University. From a very young age, I was focused on attaining a quality education, however I had never imagined that I would pursue a job after graduation. It was by luck that started working at EY which eventually changed my life. My first two years at EY provided me the opportunity to work around the globe and meet with diverse people, which eventually enabled me to explore and realise the opportunities I previously didn’t know existed. Eventually, I left EY after 2 years to start my own company, however 6 months into entrepreneurship, I found that my real interest lied in becoming an investor and a good quality education in finance was the next logical step. Oxford was an obvious choice, with an amazing core curriculum and faculty it was unique as it was delivered through the business school and also provided the chance to learn practical aspects of finance through programmes like the Finance Lab.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MFE?
As the Oxford MFE is a very holistic and rigorous course, I was very confident about the academic knowledge I was going to gain throughout the programme. However, I was convinced that some direct relevant experience would be important to gain most out of the course. To achieve this, I spent the summer working at a private equity firm, gaining direct knowledge of the corporate finance which eventually I would be studying in greater detail. Additionally, over the last few months I have followed the news and global macro-environment very closely as it affects almost the entire financial industry and would be crucial for application of skills learned in MFE to real world situations.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing the MFE programme?
I believe what I truly hope to gain from the programme is robust knowledge on all areas of finance, life long relationships with classmates and a life-time support of faculty and alumni of the Oxford community.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MFE?
The best advice I received was from a current student, who told me that the year will pass by before I will realise and it is the time before joining Oxford, when I should really analyse and spend time thinking about what I wish to achieve from this course. It is easy to be lost in the herd once university and job application start.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
First of all Oxford itself and the amazing amount of opportunities it will provide. Also the extra-curricular such as rowing and cricket. Secondly, I am truly excited about meeting my truly diverse classmates from around the globe. Lastly, the Finance Lab and participating in various finance competitions.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
As I left the university in 2013 and will be resuming my studies after 4 years, I believe catching up with the rigorousness of the course might be initially a bit challenging.
Q8. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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