12 weeks. 46 days. 1104 hours. A whirlwind of time has passed since I arrived in Cambridge, yet it feels like only yesterday I was sitting at my desk contemplating the next chapter of my life. As an entrepreneur every day is unique for me, yet I wanted to embrace a new challenge to further my career progression. A challenge that would push me to new boundaries, new horizons and new intellectual levels. I knew exactly what I wanted but needed to find the programme that would fit my needs. Little did I know that the Cambridge MFin was the missing piece to my puzzle.
Typically business professionals who have been working for several years after their undergraduate studies opt for an MBA, but I wanted to become a subject matter expert. I wanted to gain in-depth insight into finance to further refine my skills and strengthen my foundational knowledge. I stumbled across numerous programs, but the one that stood out in my mind was the Cambridge MFin. It was the one programme that offered me the opportunity to become a global citizen by being exposed to students from at least 30 nationalities. It was the one programme that highly valued my post graduate work experience. It was the one programme where the Director of the programme explicitly stated that application above and beyond textbook knowledge would be the focus of the programme. For these key reasons, and countless more, my eye was set on the Cambridge MFin and I have to pinch myself every day to remind myself that I am living my dream.
Cambridge is a plethora of opportunities, whether it be in the classroom, around the university, or in the pubs. Walking past Cambridge’s iconic King’s College, knowing that 92 of the world’s Nobel Peace Prize winners have walked the same streets as I have, is inspiring beyond measure. On top of that, the Cambridge MFin is not just a programme, it is a community that has been built to enrich every participating member. When you have access to 63 students from 34 nationalities you are constantly learning about new cultures, new business practices and global economics. Concepts such as Islamic Banking and Shadow Banking are completely new to me, yet there are professionals in my class who specialize in these fields and are able to provide their critical insights.
The conversations inside and outside the classroom enrich your day and provide you with diverse perspectives that you wouldn’t be able to gain elsewhere. Over a cup of coffee at King’s coffee house my classmates and I have shared conversations about Egyptian politics, Indian marital traditions, Roman architecture, and the deterioration of the 2008 financial crisis.
The Professors that have been hand-picked for the programme are industry professionals who share their experience and show us the daily application of the formulas we derive. Just recently we had the head of Forex Microfund at Blackrock speak to us about the application of the CAPM model to his daily work.
The speakers who attend our weekly City Speaker Series are VIPs in their industry, yet we get the opportunity to speak to them one on one and seek their guidance. The Managing Director at Citi was the keynote speaker at our series this week and enlightened us about the world of risk management and the implications risk has in all aspects of our careers.
The alumni of the programme are successful individuals who have not only grown tremendously after finishing the MFin, but are eager to assist you with your career aspirations. Already I have had the opportunity to connect to a past MFin alumni who has worked in venture capital, to help me understand the industry better and connect me to the right individuals in Silicon Fen.
It is extremely motivating to see the accumulation of so many moving parts, working in collaboration to enrich your life to achieve your goals. Never have I ever been exposed to so many resources at once, and I still feel I am missing out on countless more. At the rate that we are going I already feel I have gained more from the Masters at Cambridge than I could have ever learned on my own, and I am eager to see what the next 10 months will hold.