Reuben Jess

"I much more equipped to talk about finance in a professional manner and really hit the ground running when I enter the job market which will hopefully give me that edge which will help me progress quicker."

Course studied: BScInvestment and Financial Risk Management

Graduation Year: 2022


Why did you choose to study Investment and Financial Risk Management?

I have always been fascinated by the business world from a young age which is what gravitated me towards finance.

I wanted a degree that would stand out and equip me with the technical skills needed to work in the world of finance.

What would you say is great/important about finance? How did you become interested in it?

My interest started in High School when a friend told me about financial markets and ever since then I've been gripped by the world of finance not only global markets but mergers and deals which are an essential part of the global economy making the world a more productive place.

Do you have a favourite memory from your time at the Business School?

I would say my favourite memory is being invited to Barclays Delta 1 trading floor. Although it was a relatively quiet day, there was a buzz and atmosphere that is unlike any other job.

What was your favourite part of the course?

Definitely meeting such a diverse range of people from across the world. Coming from a small village in the countryside I didn't have much exposure to an international environment.

I have learnt so much from my fellow students that I don't think I would have learnt anywhere else.

What kind of things are you involved in outside your course?

I am going to be the President of the Trading and Investment Society for the second year now, I run a blog where I talk about financial markets, I play electric guitar and have an interest in photography.

Which is ideal being in London most of my best pictures are of the city!

Have you had the opportunity to do any internships or placements?

I was fortunate enough to get the offer to go to the National University of Singapore for a year to study.

Unfortunately, the pandemic postponed this, but I am hoping to visit there when I finish my degree!

Tell us more about your current plans for the future?

My ultimate aim is to have a career in the city. To get here I would like to do some internships and placements which I could hopefully convert into a job offer after my final year.

I would also like to get involved in some charity work in-between time.

What impact do you feel the course has had on you personally and professionally?

I much more equipped to talk about finance in a professional manner and really hit the ground running when I enter the job market which will hopefully give me that edge which will help me progress quicker.

What are the developments in the profession of finance, you’re most looking forward to or most interested by?

I find disruptive fintech partnering with banks to be a great collaborative trend that's been happening over the last few years, and I think this will continue to improve the way banks do business between clients and even each other.

What key piece of advice would you give to future finance students?

There might be some topics that you are more naturally drawn to but stay open minded, take any opportunity that comes your way as I’m sure it will be worth it.