Before D’Amore-McKim, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in Beijing, China. From there, I completed an amazing exchange experience in Missouri, before going to volunteer in San Diego for the 33rd Annual U.S. Go Congress. In September 2017, I started the MS in Finance program at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
I chose to study in the United States to get a new perspective and an exciting experience. A degree from a reputable school would be beneficial for a lifetime, and D’Amore-McKim attracted me especially because of its great location and corporate partners. Boston is a financial hub, and the school’s connections offer strong job opportunities.
While a student, I was an analyst with the 360 Huntington Fund, Northeastern’s student-run mutual fund that manages nearly a million dollars of the university’s endowment. As I worked on this mutual fund, I was encouraged to pitch ideas and sell myself. This experience was very good practice before I entered the industry.
At work, I’ve put what I learned at school into real practice. The lectures laid the foundation for my work, the projects and the networking opportunities better prepared me to be a professional.Jiao (Hannah) Li, MSF’15
The MS in Finance program helped me throughout the job-hunting process. Firstly, a master’s degree stands out in the pool of candidates. Secondly, the Career Management class taught me so much, including how to research for a position, prepare to answer tricky questions, and business etiquette.
I applied what I learned in this class as I searched for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) position. I had several interviews and in the end I received two job offers, which gave me confidence. It was frustrating to not get an offer immediately after an interview, but the experience interviewing also makes the next interview easier. I am very excited to be working today in the derivatives department at State Street.
At work, I’ve put what I learned at school into real practice. The lectures laid the foundation for my work, the projects and the networking opportunities better prepared me to be a professional. What’s more, I had the opportunity to meet a diverse group of new friends at work, and I learn a lot from them every day. Looking forward, with more computer programs being adopted in the industry, there’s no doubt that the paradigm is changing. In school I started to learn about coding, I believe that if we stay alert and keep learning, we will be ready to navigate the technological change.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Northeastern University. The school offers great professors and advisors, a high degree of diversity, and a lot of fun stuff to do outside the classroom. International students are encouraged to reach out and take advantage of all the opportunities that the school has to offer. Student clubs also add another layer of fun to the valuable experience.
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“The MSF program at D’Amore-McKim prepared me well for my current position as it helped me gain the knowledge and aptitude needed to excel in the investment industry. From the courses to the professors, the experience was great.” says, Knudsen
“The experience with the 360 Huntington Fund taught me a lot about equity analysis and portfolio management, skills that I use in my current role with PwC.” says, Brahimi
“I wanted to study at a top tier university with a strong academic reputation and an involved team in the Career Center. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business ticked all of the boxes.” says, Robert