I am very pleased to be the Career Master of the Master of Science programme in Financial Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. Besides teaching and coordinating some courses, I am coaching and mentoring students on career planning and placement.
I went through a similar program in Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago. I have been working in the finance field for about 20 years, having experience on both the buy side and sell side. I have worked for regulators, central banks and commercial banks in Ottawa Canada, New York and Hong Kong. After being an interest rate derivatives trader for 15+ years, I joined this programme to give the students a taste of what the industry is like from the perspective of a practitioner. With the solid quantitative skills you will acquire from our curriculum, I look to connect you to our vast practitioner and alumni network as you pursue your career goals.
These days in the job markets, there is a strong demand of quantitative talents in areas such as risk management, trading, quantitative analysis, etc. Geographically, given the rapid development of the Chinese economy, financial institutions in China are eager to recruit top notch talents to increase their competitiveness versus other international banks. I see this programme to be at the right place at the right time. That is why I feel so excited about joining the programme team.
As the Career Master, I am not going to tell you directly what to do or which field to enter. I understand the hype of joining the hot department in a hot industry in a hot geographical region (not literally of course, though summer is pretty hot in Shenzhen and Hong Kong). I look forward to meeting every one of you, to get to know each and every one, in order to understand your career aspirations. Money can be a drive to choose a certain job. However, a career may last 20, 30 or even 40 years (right, it is not easy to retire early these days). The money drive can only keep you going for a number of years. What drives you through the rest of your career is your interest, your aspirations and your passion. I hope to guide all of you to find your own unique career path. No one can tell you what that path is, only you yourself know. This is the process which I hope I can add value.
I look forward to working with every one of you to make this program a success! You can all make an impact on this dynamic financial world!
Master of Science Programme in Financial Engineering