Chia-Ying Yang came to Glasgow to attend TRNSMT music festival prior to studying. She has a love for Britpop music and is a huge fan of Glaswegian singer, Gerry Cinnamon. It was visiting the city for this festival that inspired Chia-Ying to apply to study at Strathclyde, as she wanted to experience more of Glasgow and Scotland.
Find out about her time studying MSc Finance at Strathclyde.
Tell us a bit about your background and what led to you studying at Strathclyde?
I worked as an auditor for 14 months and would like to change my career path to a financial field. After I travelled to Glasgow and did various researches on the University and department, I decided to study at Strathclyde.
Why did you decide to study at Strathclyde?
Complete course plans, solid course content, knowledgeable professors, classmates from different countries, high reputation in Europe, amazing location (in Glasgow and close to the city centre).
Describe Strathclyde in three words.
Inclusive, welcoming, international.
What's been the highlight of your course?
Group work of the Portfolio Theory Management Course gave me an opportunity to collaborate with classmates from various countries, learn to look at things from different perspectives, and complete projects which are similar to real life.
How do you find studying in Glasgow?
After travelling to Glasgow and talking to people in the International Recruitment Office at the event held by UKEAS, I found that Glasgow would be the best studying place for me, an intellectually curious person and an aficionado of Britpop music.
What advice would you give to someone looking to study here?
Practice talking to someone in English and watching videos with the Glaswegian accent to be familiar with it is very helpful. You may have lots of pressures of studying, but don’t forget to enjoy your life in Glasgow!
What have been your main challenges?
All of my courses became online after lockdown, so I needed more self-discipline to push myself forward, finish all of the online courses, tests and exams, and communicate with my group members by Skype rather than meeting face-to-face to complete the group works.
What are your ambitions for the future?
Finding a job related to financial/banking/consulting fields in the UK.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?
I learned basic and advanced knowledge in finance/banking/investing and developed abilities to operate Bloomberg terminal and Excel VBA.
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
There’s always the people (professors, classmates, university workers, etc.) giving me useful advice and helping me to solve problems.
How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?
Multiple solid courses including principles of finance, corporate finance, banking, derivatives and treasury management, portfolio theory, financial modelling, etc. give me a chance to work in various positions including financial/banking/consulting fields, so I’ll have many choices of future career.