Maryam from Nigeria graduated from Strathclyde in 2015 with an MSc in Quantitative Finance. She's currently working as a transactor in the project and structured finance unit of a bank. Find out about her time at Strathclyde and how her degree has helped prepare her for a career in finance.
What made you choose the University of Strathclyde – and specifically the Department of Mathematics and Statistics – over other schools and programmes in the region and the world?
The Quantitative Finance degree offered at the University of Strathclyde majorly influenced my choice of the school.
In comparison to other schools, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde offered a combination of mathematics, finance and computer programming (all in one) that's needed to develop your business acumen, data analysis and skills in finance. I've always had an interest in maths and how it's applied to finance ever since I was as a kid. The department provided a perfect opportunity to advance my career.
Tell us about Glasgow as a global study destination and a hub for professional opportunity.
Glasgow is a beautiful place with lots of friendly people. As a global study destination, it's comprised of people with diverse cultural backgrounds where you can widen your personal, cultural and professional outlook even outside of the classroom setting. I must say the weather is most of the time cold so you have to keep warm.
Glasgow is a beautiful place with lots of friendly people. As a global study destination, it's comprised of people with diverse cultural backgrounds where you can widen your personal, cultural and professional outlook even outside of the classroom setting.
As a hub for professional opportunity for an international student, you'll need to acquire a work visa before being able to maximize opportunity to work there. As long as there is no such hindrance, Glasgow provides a chance for international employment, especially in our field.
What sort of career opportunities were open to you as a student of Strathclyde Maths?
As a student of Strathclyde, you have the opportunity to sign up to the careers service where you will be informed of career vacancies and job prospects around you.
The department has a relationship with firms whom they partner with. During our third semester, we got to work on real life projects. The aim was to partake in an industrial-based research project which exposed us to practical life situations of what was acquired in our day-to-day classroom trainings. This experience was priceless as I apply it in my current job role.
During our third semester, we got to work on real life projects... This experience was priceless as I apply it in my current job role.
How would you describe the student experience at Strathclyde?
Student experience at Strathclyde was great. There are a lot of associations you can join. Every international student automatically becomes a member of the Strathclyde International Society as soon as they get an admission into the school. The association ensures the welfare of all students are in place. Your country may also have a society like mine does to enable you feel home away from home. It was indeed a splendid experience I must say.
At the department, you've easy access to your course advisers anytime you needed their aid. In addition, you have access to a world-class library (the Andersonian library) on a 24-hour basis* which most students find very useful.
Tell us about your current job role, and how your time at Strathclyde helped you achieve this feat?
In my current role as a transactor in the project and structured finance unit of a bank, I am required to provide different financial advisory services and raise different sources of funds for the bank.
Studying an MSc in Quantitative Finance at the University of Strathclyde equipped me with analytical, problem solving, and data analysis skills using R programming language, Microsoft Excel and working on real-life projects, to position myself with the right skill set needed on the day-to-day basis of my job.
I also recall being exposed to the fixed income and equity market by undertaking classes like Corporate Finance, Security Analysis and Portfolio Theory & Management which are foundation courses needed in the field I currently specialise in.
What advice would you offer a prospective student looking to pursue a degree at Strathclyde?
As a prospective student, pursuing a degree at Strathclyde should be greatly dependent on your end goal after obtaining the degree. Make the best of the opportunities around you. Look at your schedule and take breaks/short holidays to visit around you because it is beautiful.
Most importantly, be hardworking and be open to work effectively with team members of backgrounds distinct from yours.
*24-hour access is availalble at certain times during exam. Please visit our library open hours page for full details of opening times.