A Master's in Finance Connects You with Colleagues and Job Opportunities

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Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree? Why your particular program?

Early on in my academic career, I fostered a passion for the world of finance, specifically investments and the capital markets. Nearing the end of my undergraduate career, I became interested in further expanding my knowledge and skill sets within the realm of finance. I thought obtaining a Master’s in finance would provide me with a competitive advantage in the job market, especially since knowing the competitiveness of my career path.

Why did you choose UNH and Paul College?

Having both really enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at Paul College, in addition to the connections that I had established with my professors, fellow colleagues, and other faculty members, it was hard to go anywhere else. I knew Paul was well equipped with the resources and the vastly interconnected network of professionals that would suit my personal needs and goals.

Tell us about a favorite class and/or professor.

Equity Valuation and Financial Modeling were my two favorite courses that I took as a graduate student. I have always enjoyed math and analyzing quantitative data. Both of these courses allowed me to develop the analytical skills necessary to effectively analyze financial statements and make sound investment decisions.

Tell us about something you have learned/discovered during your program that surprised you. How do you think you will apply it professionally?

My time as an MSF graduate student has taught me not only about finance, but also about myself. This program has helped me to discover myself. In the process of fine-tuning my financial skills, I’ve discovered where my true passion lies within finance. There are endless opportunities and career paths within the realm of finance and discovering my true passion for investing and the capital markets allowed me to set myself on a trajectory to obtain a job in a field that I truly love. This has taught me to continuously challenge myself and to remain open minded as I enter into the professional world.

Looking back on your time at UNH, what are you most proud of and why?

Looking back on my time at UNH, I am most proud of successfully challenging myself to obtain a Master’s in finance. I’m also proud of having been offered and accepting a full-time position at Vanguard as an Advance to Financial Planning Associate. Landing this job symbolizes the return on the investment that I made in myself. It is rewarding to see all the time, effort, and dedication towards furthering my education and professional career development pay off. While this is only the beginning of my career, it serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in yourself and taking risks.

What do you like most about Paul College?

The culture is my favorite part about Paul College. The lively atmosphere, and the resources available create the perfect environment for promoting growth. I’ve always felt that being a part of Paul College had inspired me challenge myself in both academia and in life. During my time at Paul College, I have established many great relationships with my colleagues, as well as, with my professors. I am confident that these relationships will last a lifetime.

What do you consider to be the strengths of your academic program?

I felt that the MSF program did a great job at exposing its candidates to all aspects of the world of finance. The program curriculum, as well as the professors enabled me to challenge myself and excel in my studies. The structure of the MSF program has provided the opportunity to foster close relationships with the professors. The resources available, including academic advisors and other support teams have provided the necessary support for academic growth and professional development.

Do you have any advice for others who may be interested in this program?

If you have ever been interested in developing a deeper understanding for finance and various financial concepts, I would highly suggest considering the MSF program. Moreover, if you liked studying finance as an undergraduate and want to further challenge yourself in a way that will make you stand out from your peers, this is the place. I can firmly say that the MSF program has enabled me to strengthen my understanding and confidence in key financial concepts needed to excel in my professional career.

Are you currently working? If so, where?

Upon graduation, I will be joining Vanguard full-time as an Advance to Financial Planning Associate at their Pennsylvania office.

How do you hope this program will help you advance or pivot in your career?

I’m confident that the knowledge, skills, and professional development gained during my time in the program will help me standout in the workplace and allow me to help others who share the same passion. Also, I hope it shows individuals that I am hardworking and willing to dedicate my time for continuously furthering my education, as well as grow as an individual.

Is there anything you feel is important to know about you that we haven't asked about?

Outside of my passion for finance, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Some of my hobbies include reading, skiing, fishing, and physical fitness.