John Harrington, Class of 2012
Many people take a narrow view on the word ‘investment’, but for me the MSc Finance has been my best investment to date. Engaging and prominent lecturers do not only match the reputation of the programme, but the knowledge being passed on is consistently allowing students to meet their career ambitions.
Not only have many colleagues complimented the range and depth of the programme’s curriculum, the potential to become involved in extra-curricular activities is superb. For example, the CFA Research Challenge and the Trinity Student-Managed Fund both provide students with invaluable access to industry mentors, and the sort of experience that employer’s are increasingly looking for.
Having studied Corporate Law prior to the programme, I also benefitted from the flexible admissions policy. Most people find that success on the course depends on each person’s desire to learn, rather than necessarily having a particular mathematical or finance orientated background. The mix of students from many different disciplines is testament to this. This way of thinking ensures each student’s contribution is uniquely different, which leads to exciting classroom discussion and coursework.
While hard work is certainly required, you are given the tools and resources to succeed.
John now works as a Funds Structurer in Deutsche Bank AG
Nathan O'Brolchain, Class of 2009
I graduated with a BA in Economics from UCD in 2007. After taking a year out I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in Finance. I decided to apply to Trinity as it was something new, and the brand is well known overseas. This suited me as I was interested in working abroad.
The course is very comprehensive, covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines. The lecturers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and came from all over the world. It gave me exposure to a lot of new ideas and styles. Current affairs were a hot topic in the classes - with a lot of the lecturers appearing on specialist TV panels. The class itself also had a wide range of cultures and ages, which helped the atmosphere in the class and at the bar.
My background in Economics certainly helped me, but it wasn’t essential. Some of the students came from musical or medical backgrounds. The workload is steady, but should not be a problem if you are interested in the subjects.
After I finished my exams, I was lucky enough to get a job at a trading firm in the IFSC. I'm sure the degree played a major role in the interview process. Overall I think it was a good investment and a good year.
Kirsten Louise Deignan, Class of 2009
I had been working in the finance industry for three years and saw the Msc in Finance programme in Trinity as a great opportunity to up skill myself and advance my career. My goals were primarily to expand my knowledge of the industry, develop my analytical skills and find that competitive advantage that’s needed to grow and develop a career in finance within the current business environment.
The modules are very well designed. The course content was relevant and the structure was flexible. Apart from gaining new knowledge, it has also enhanced my critical thinking, analytical, people and presentation skills via the case studies, individual and group project papers, class discussions and presentations. The best thing about doing my postgraduate studies in Trinity was the interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.
I also enrolled in the June 2009 CFA L1 exam and although hard work, I enjoyed the challenge and found that the MSc Finance program really supplemented me with my studies for the CFA exams. I found the lecturers excellent and very helpful with their guidance, advice and support during the programme and I could not have achieved these results without them.
Overall, this has been a fantastic experience. I have benefited both professionally and personally. It has also facilitated the establishment of strong networks within the business and finance community. The program has definitely expanded my horizons and career opportunities and offered flexibility to specialise in several fields. The MSc in Finance has certainly added value to my marketability.