Master of Science in Computational Finance candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.
What are you up to post-graduation?
I worked briefly at the Bank of Canada this summer as a research assistant. Immediately after, I began my graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing a Master of Science in Computational Finance. Next summer, I will be interning at AQR Capital Management as a portfolio implementation summer analyst.
How did your economics degree prepare you for life after graduation?
In many ways! For me, my economics education taught me how to think, which is extremely crucial for both graduate school and work. Economics students are taught to focus on thinking of how and why something works or is observed, and question the underlying assumptions associated with theoretical models or empirical methodologies. This type of training in thinking has helped me immensely in my transition towards a career in the field of quantitative finance.
Why study economics at UBC?
UBC has one of the strongest economics programs in the world, coupled with amazing professors that are passionate about their field! If you are interested in a particular area of economics, there are also tons of opportunities for students to get involved with research. Finally, the economics program at UBC allows you flexibility to pursue many possible career paths. Friends and classmates in the program have worked in many areas, ranging from NGOs, consulting, finance, and data science.
Why did you choose the BIE program?
The BIE program has a cohort system that I really like, since you get to know some really great people and there will be at least one or two classes that you take every semester with your cohort. I also chose it because it allowed me to take a few key finance courses. By taking economics major courses in second year, it also gives you enough flexibility in third year if you want to go on an exchange or pursue a minor in another subject.
What skill have you learned through your studies that you value the most?
I think the most important skill is just how to think about modelling and data analysis. Especially since in the future I will likely be working with a lot of data, the economics training I got will be very important.
What was your most memorable or best experience at the VSE?
I worked as a peer tutor through the academic advising office, and I got to meet a lot of BIE students through this opportunity. It was great interacting with various faculty and students!
What advice do you have for BIE students?
Work hard, and when opportunities come by, make sure to seize them!
Favourite place in Vancouver?
Sushi California. Every time I pass by I make sure to get sashimi there.