Find out why Information Management PhD student Peggy Alexopoulou chose to study her research project at Loughborough University and about what she thinks of the opportunities available for research students.
What better way to find out about life at Loughborough than to hear it from our students:
What course did you study?
BSc (Hons) Banking, Finance & Management
What year did you graduate?
What is your background?
Originally I am from Moldova where I lived and went to school until the age of 16 (Grade 9). I then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where I went to international school and obtained my International Baccalaureate Diploma. I chose Loughborough because I remember we had a UCAS representative at the school that based on your grades and degree preference would advise the best options available to you. Loughborough stood out because (1) of it’s course, it was the closest to what I wanted to do, (2) the opportunity to do a placement year, and (3) because of its reputation for being good at sports.
Where are you now?
At the moment I work in London for Nomura – a Japanese investment bank. As part of the finance graduate scheme I have to do three rotations in three different teams in the next two years. Since I started in September I worked in IBD Product Control and I have recently started my second rotation in Treasury. I am also studying towards my CIMA qualification in order to progress my career
How did you get there?
Part of the Banking, Finance and Management course is to spend the third year on a business placement which, due to the nature of the course, is typically at a finance institution – a bank or an accountancy firm but also other international companies. At the beginning of my second year I started actively looking for a place where I would have liked to work for. Loughborough University has great connectionswith the biggest financial institutions and through the career centre I heard about Nomura – a Japanese investment bank. I then applied for a one year role in finance and managed to secure an offer. I spent twelve great months at Nomura where I worked in the Treasury Department. I then had a further interview at the end of my placement year and was subsequently offered a graduate job with them.
Where are you going?
At the moment I am focused on becoming a qualified accountant. This is something we have to do whilst working so it requires dedication and time put into it. The firm is really supportive; they provide classes, study material and allow for study leave on top of your holiday allowance.
What if anything would you have done differently during your time at Loughborough University to help you prepare better for your career/life upon graduation?
It is important to start thinking for your placement from the first year. In year one students should do a bit of research and figure out what/where you want to do and at the start of year two be ready to apply.
What advice would you give now to a student studying your subject at university now?
Don’t leave for later what you can do today. Something that is very easy to do at university.