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Choosing to study MSc Business Analytics

 Business analytics is a combines statistics, coding and business. This combination allows business analysts to narrow the gap between management and technology.

I have strong interests in data and technology and their application in real life to help businesses grow. I am always curious about how important data analytics for business is in modern society, so being able to work on making data-driven business decisions really energises me.

In my MSc Business Analytics studies, I have been learning everything from coding to data visualisation, network analysis to Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. All these new skills will help me smoothly adapt to the digital business world and are the building blocks for my future career.

My career aspirations

During my undergraduate years, despite majoring in economics, I took four elective courses about energy, learning all about the industrial chain — from exploration to sale — and found great fun in this industry.

Now, during such a time of energy transformation, I believe the trend of energy transition can lead to both cyclical but structural changes in the global energy market. I feel passionate about this and would like to develop my career in the energy industry.

In the short term, I aim to become a business analyst in an international energy company by using the skills and strengths that I am learning on the MSc in Business Analytics. In the long-term, I aspire to become an expert in this area and actively compete for a leading role to make a lasting mark and as many contributions as I can to this industry.

A greater need for women in the field of tech and business analytics

Many companies are encouraging women to get more involved in roles about technology. Some companies have  set up projects and platforms to help women develop their leadership in tech roles.

More and more women are encouraged to step into this field, which is definitely a good trend for women who want to become business analysts and deal with data and technology in the future.

With half of my class being female, it shows there is a desire on the part of women to pierce into male-dominated fields. In order to do so, I applied to the Global Women’s Leadership Programme (GWLP) scholarship and was lucky enough to receive it.

The Global Women’s Leadership Programme

 As part of GWLP, I joined the Executive Board. We have regular Executive Board meetings to discuss the progress of events held by subcommittees. In the meetings, we share our experiences and exchange opinions with each other. The board will also offers evaluations and suggestions of past activities, so I learn something new and hear new ideas in each meeting.

The Programme hosts events such as “Influence Techniques for Professional Women” and most recently, “A fireside chat with Sir Philip Hampton and Denise Wilson OBE”. These knowledge exchange events helping women at Cass to find more possibilities in their careers.

How the scholarship and GWLP Board has impacted my experience at Cass

This programme provides me opportunities to work with other ambitious women and exchange ideas. For example, alongside fellow undergraduate and master’s Scholars, we organised a panel event and invited female leaders to share their experiences and take part in a Q&A session on their career paths in November. The event received good feedback. I am very proud to organise these kinds of events because I not only learn a lot from our board members, but I am also able to give back by providing further help and encouragement for other women at Cass.

 

Mengjia Hang, MSc Business Analytics (2020)

Studying finance with a scholarship at Cass

I come from a conservative business family, where higher education is not a given, and is something that is rarely saved for. Moreover, being part of a society where women’s education takes a backseat in the face of marriage, the decision to study at Cass was an uphill battle for me and my family. Having had an inclination towards quantitative subjects and hailing from a business family that has been involved in trade and commerce for generations now, it was only natural that I took an interest in finance.

This led me to choose the globally renowned Cass MSc Finance programme as well as taking up the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.

The last six months at Cass have been a roller coaster ride but one that I will most definitely cherish. The challenges, opportunities and diversity that it has to offer its students is unparalleled. The strategic location of Cass in the heart of London which is the finance hub adds great value to the entire experience.

It was a huge achievement to have received the Cass Global Women’s Leadership Programme Scholarship. When I saw an e-mail stating that I had received the scholarship, I was elated! What better way to start off this new journey? It gave me a much-needed confidence boost in embracing the course ahead.

My experience on the Global Women’s Leadership Programme has been very enriching. Since the business world is male-dominated, we must work towards making it more gender-balanced. My views align very well with those of the other women on the Board, which makes it a treat to work with them. Organising various panel discussions, networking events and much more has given me the chance to interact with women who work in the corporate world and the exposure to myriad perspectives.

I look forward to what the rest of my journey at Cass has to offer, with some extremely exciting events in the near future such as the Frankfurt study tour and international electives, to name a few. I can definitely say – my decision to attend Cass has been extremely crucial in moulding me and preparing me for the fast-paced, competitive world of finance.

Aamina Asim, MSc Finance (2020)

An exciting evening at Cass with Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyds of London

 

On the 24th of October,  Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of the world’s specialist insurance market, Lloyds of London, was the special guest for this autumn’s much anticipated Fireside Chat, hosted by the Global Women’s Leadership Programme.

One of the most powerful women in London, Beale was invited for an intimate conversation about her successes, but more importantly, the hardships that she has faced and how that has empowered her to be one of the greatest female leaders of this decade.

Lessons in leadership

Beale’s words of encouragement related to topics regarding getting comfortable with discomfort, safety in diversity, and collaboration being the essence of leadership.

Her words of wisdom have inspired me to stop fearing the unknown as that is the only thing that stops us from discovering our true potential. I am an MSc Marketing Strategy and Innovation student and today, I am a member of the Cass FinTech Society. Although it is far from being a field I am familiar with, I am embracing it as a new challenge and exercise that will help me gain further knowledge on some of the most relevant topics in the 21st century.

PIE,  an acronym presented by Beale, stands for performance, image and exposure.  We learnt these three key components are key to a successful career and we should aim to deliver quality work daily, work on being perceived positively, and expand our networks as much as we possibly can.

As we all stood up to leave, everyone turned to each other with a smile that defined how inspired we all felt.

I was very impressed by the turnout. Ladies, your presence was expected as this day was a chance for us to embrace and to celebrate girl power. Gentlemen, your presence was admirable, your support to your female colleagues, students and friends gives us the energy to progress.

Opportunities for Cass women

As a Global Women’s Leadership Scholar, this event was only a teaser for what I know will be yet to come for this upcoming school year. Being a Cass student and an ambassador of this programme makes me want to set my goals higher than ever before. This opportunity has boosted my confident in my ability to become a leader of my generation, and with this programme, I can expose myself to a large network of people that will allow me to pursue the changes I hope to see in the world someday.

This is a rare opportunity that most people cannot obtain throughout their time at school, but Cass makes it a priority to bring these exact opportunities to its students, why not make the most out of it?

The Global Women’s Leadership Programme aims to exercise your mind and help you flourish into the leader you’ve always wanted to become. I am proud to be involved in such an initiative and we are thrilled to continue foster ambition throughout the upcoming events we will be hosting this year.

Khadija Cherif, MSc Marketing, Strategy and Innovation (2019)

 

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