Graduate Tiago on studying an MSc in Global Finance online

Posted by Bayes Business School on 05-Sep-2022 09:00:00

Hear from MSc in Global Finance graduate Tiago about how he feels the course has helped him advance his career.

This post is an edited version of a webinar transcript. You can watch the full webinar recording with Tiago and Selima on the MSc in Global Finance course page

The finance industry requires personal discipline, sharpness, and knowledge from those looking to succeed in the field. An MSc in Global Finance could pave the path to your successful career in finance. Bayes Business School is a triple-crown accredited business school known for its flexible programmes.

If you’re looking to join our part-time online course, you're likely to have some questions about the programme and what it entails. Course Adviser Selima Rehman sat with our alumnus, Tiago Pinhero, to understand first-hand everything the programme offers for finance professionals.

Selima: To begin, can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Tiago: I’m Tiago, 31 years old. I’m from Portugal, where I worked for two big banks. With one of these banks, I was given the chance to move to London, which I accepted.  After about six years of working, I moved to foreign exchange and equities, where I started to broker. Currently, I work as an energy broker, working with natural gas, and an interdealer broker called TP ICAP. Tiago Pinhero

Selima: What made you choose an MSc in Global Finance?

Tiago: I’ve always wanted to study further and develop my knowledge. In fact, it's something that is truly valued – be it a certification that you do, or an exam that you take.

On a personal level, I wanted to develop myself. I had a job and I knew I wanted to continue my progression. And I understood that if I wanted to change my career’s trajectory, I would either have to go to ground zero or try to develop my knowledge at an academic level. With a masters in finance, you have the opportunity to speak with colleagues who are also in the industry.

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Selima: Why did you choose Bayes?

Tiago: I decided that I wanted to do this course and I wanted to do it at a good university. So I did my research and got into Bayes. I considered this specific programme because it was part time – in order for me to continue studying, I had to continue working as well. So, that's why I couldn’t enrol in a full time programme, even though it would be shorter. Studying part-time was definitely my priority.

Selima: Do you need a background in finance to succeed on this MSc?

Tiago: My bachelor degree was in business management, and I have a basic knowledge of finance as a whole, so it definitely helps. But is it mandatory? No - we have engineers doing the degree!

What I think is that it obviously helps if you have the foundation of finance knowledge. But if you don't, there will certainly be topics where you'll learn a lot and you'll be like everyone else because no one knows everything about finance.

So you'll have modules that will require some maths skills, others will require some accounting skills, or something else. If you enjoy the topic, that's enough motivation because you'll start with the foundations of finance, which will give you pretty much the basis to go throughout the course. Honestly, the more you want to give to the masters, the more it will give it back to you.

Selima: Would you say doing this course helped you advance in your career?

Tiago: I switched jobs during the COVID crisis and I had a meeting with a careers adviser from Bayes, who gave me advice on how to tailor my CV, what to expect – the whole thing.

The course helped me get my current job – my Masters was like a weapon that helped me stand out. You're exposed to very high-quality professors, who can give you both the academic side but can also provide you with industry insights. They are very well-connected in the city, so they will tell you how are things done in practice. It helped me understand the products that I sell and I use this knowledge with my clients.

Of course, there’s lot of knowledge that I haven't used yet, but I know that in 5-10 years, because finance is always evolving and depending on the path that you want your career to take, you'll use something that you’ve learned for sure.

I also learnt to manage my time, and I got some presentation skills which were very, very useful. On a social level, you’ll learn a lot from your colleagues – you have forums that you can interact on, and you'll see answers that people dedicate time to and give a lot of thought to.

The social side of the course is very important because if you're looking at your colleagues and they're studying very hard, you want to study very hard as well. Not to have better grades whatsoever, but, you know, to elevate the level of discussion.

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Selima: Our prospective students also wonder – as an online programme, do you have reduced opportunities for networking? 

Tiago: It's different being in a classroom with thirty people and being in front of the computer, but it's a reality that everyone is getting used to right now. You have all the tools, to connect, though.

When I joined the Masters, the first thing I did was create a WhatsApp group and send the invite on the forum. A lot of people joined and we have a WhatsApp group with 40 or 50 people, where everyone exchanges ideas.

However, if you're based in London or if you have the opportunity to come to London, they have plenty of events for you to attend at Bayes.

Selima: This MSc doesn’t have a thesis at the end – can you shed some light on what your final semester was like?

Tiago: The programme is divided into 12 modules, and you don't have a final thesis as is the norm in a Masters degree. What you have is for each module, you'll have to complete an assessment every seventh week. This is the standard for each module – you study, and in the end you are invited to write an assessment about a specific topic that will cover the subjects that you just learnt.

It’s about 10 to 15 pages of a specific subject on a topic selected by the professor. You have about 10 days to submit the assignment, which is plenty of time!

Thank you to Tiago for sharing his experiences on the Bayes MSc in Global Finance!

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