Tag: MSc Business Analytics

My top 3 tips for acing your job-search

I am Iris Wang, a MSc Business Analytics student at Cass.

As one of the Presidents of Cass Chinese Careers Society, I manage the society’s public relations. Through our events with top recruiters and companies and the support of the Careers Team, I have learned many things about how to ace your job search and become more confident at networking.

Here are my top three tips:

1. Getting all the help you can get! Smartly use resources

One piece of enlightening advice can really make a difference in your job application and who knows, it may help you secure a job offer. As students at Cass, we have access to various careers resources. It is useful to get professional guidance by checking out different workshops, company presentations and 1:1 appointments with the Careers team and resources on Cass Careers Online. Going to careers society events (such as Cass Chinese Careers Society) is also a great way to seek extra help and to network and get invaluable personal advice from people who have already been through the process.

If you have interests or query about a certain sector/company/position, proactively asking professionals on LinkedIn and inviting them for a coffee chat can help you obtain more useful insights and potentially expand your professional network.

2. Focus – learn more about yourself and what you want

Choosing a career path can be very overwhelming. But instead of applying to every position available, it is more efficient if one can analyse own personal strengths and personality and then consider their compatibility with the position. A good understanding of that compatibility can help the candidates to better convince the recruiters and therefore makes them more likely to succeed. To be able to deepen this understanding, it is always useful to learn more about a particular career path through networking and explore different activities to increase self-awareness.

3. Maintaining a positive attitude – strike a good balance in life

Getting a job is usually not a straightforward process for most people. There will be ups and downs and sometimes, a lot of downs… and it is perfectly normal.

When experiencing that, it is important to surround yourself with like-minded aspiring people who can give you support to keep you going. You should also make your own effort to strike a better balance in life by improving your planning and time management skills and actively think about how to improve yourself by learning from past experience. Don’t give up! And try not to be too hard on yourself. If any of you who are reading this blog happens to be going through difficulties, believe me I understand your frustration. It is always important to improve your skills to get an offer, but honestly, it also needs a bit of luck sometimes. Good luck!

Iris Xuan Wang, MSc Business Analytics (2020)

How I’m preparing for a career as a modern actuary

Choosing Cass 

I am an MSc Actuarial Science student at Cass Business School. I aspire to pursue a career in the non-traditional actuarial field of business analytics.

Prior to studying at Cass, I studied BSc Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. After graduating from my bachelor’s, I wanted to learn more about actuarial science in insurance, finance and investment. I knew that actuarial studies would be the ideal combination of mathematical and probabilistic techniques and analysis of business and would allow me to combine my greatest passions.

Based in the City of London, Cass is in an ideal location for finding a job post-graduation. In addition, our excellent lecturers have deep industry knowledge and understanding of current affairs and offer us the knowledge we need to learn.

All these factors motivated me to study the MSc in Actuarial Science at Cass.

Actuaries: the future of business analytics

By following the new curriculum of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Cass offers a detailed study of actuarial computer-based applications in R and Python programming and VBA. Given the excellent skill set acquired via these, I am developing my knowledge of analytics methods for business and machine learning, all of which are being adopted across actuarial practice areas.

I like this course structure, not only because it delivers the fundamentals of actuarial science, but also offers computer-based applications and modules on analytics methods for business and machine learning. These tools are very useful for my career path. I want to become a non-traditional actuary equipped with strong technical skills.

Help from the Careers Team

With the support of Cass Careers Team, I have already attended many workshops and I have booked numerous 1:1 appointments to help me apply for jobs in the UK. I feel more confident in answering competency questions and doing video interviews. I really appreciate the careers coaches because they have helped me gain confidence and realise where my personal strengths lie.

Studying at Cass Business School has enriched my understanding of actuarial science and improved my commercial awareness. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.

Yiqi Chang, MSc Actuarial Science (2020)

 If you’d like to find out more about Yiqi’s experience or have any general questions about studying on a master’s degree at Cass, contact her on our Ask a student platform.

*From September 2020, Cass Business School will be launching the MSc in Actuarial Science with Business Analytics pathway, which prepares students for the non-traditional actuarial field of business analytics.

Finding work in China and the UK with a student society

Cass Chinese Careers Society

I am the Co-President of the Cass Chinese Careers Society (CCCS), along with Wendy Zhang and Yilun Fu, two master’s students at Cass. While the three of us manage the whole society together, I specialise in Public Relations and lead a team of my own to establish and maintain relationships with guest speakers, alumni and external organisations such as companies and societies.

CCCS is a student-led society working together with the Careers team, aiming to support Chinese postgraduates in achieving their professional aspirations. CCCS not only helps enhance the job-searching skills of Chinese students by holding practical job-related presentations and workshops, but also serves as a useful information-sharing and networking platform for its members to pursue their dream jobs in both the UK and in China.

There are three major divisions within CCCS: Marketing, Events and Public Relations. The Marketing team produces weekly job-related insights on our main social media platform WeChat, sharing job opportunities and application preparation tips. They also share events they feel will be relevant to students and offer information on specific companies and industries.

Our events

In our first semester, we held two major events and facilitated two additional events organised by Cass Careers Office:

  • Alumni Panel Event – Getting a job in the UK
  • Christmas networking event at Devonshire Terrace
  • Standard Charted Company Presentation
  • Financial Friends Online Conference – Job application tips on financial services in mainland China

All events were very well received by our students. For example, in the Christmas networking event, the venue was fully booked with 60 attendees— both students and alumni. Over 120 students attended Standard Charted presentation!

Alumni panel event

At our alumni panel event, we had eight guest speakers from four sectors that students are most interested in: banking, consulting, auditing and insurance. Our speakers are employees from high-profile companies (HSBC, Barclays, KPMG, PwC, Accenture and Aviva).

After a short introduction, the panel coordinators asked questions tailored to current applicants’ key concerns. After guest graduates shared their experiences and tips, there was also a Q&A and networking session. The topics of the questions cover the guests’ typical day/week, challenges and opportunities, reasons for choosing this role and company, specific applications tips and advice about the job-searching process as a whole. We had excellent feedback with some of my fellow students calling thing event ‘insightful’ and ‘very practical’.

What I have gained from being part of CCCS

Being a part of CCCS has been a great experience of mine!

CCCS provides excellent networking opportunities for its members. As the president responsible for Public Relations, holding society events gives me a great opportunity to build connections with not only a strong community of aspiring students, but also with experienced professionals such as Cass alumni, company representatives and even Shanghai Free Trade Zone delegates. By talking with experienced professionals and listening to their personal stories, I gained helpful insights about different job markets and received valuable guidance on exploring career options and further progression. During my busy application period, our community also offered me great encouragement and support which was just what I needed then for even better performance.

From a more personal perspective, the president role helped me enhance my leadership and communication skills by giving me an excellent opportunity to lead and manage a team of my own, which I believe will definitely benefit me in my future career and more generally in life.

Aside from skills development, the thought of making positive impacts within the Chinese student community always keeps me motivated. I deeply understand the difficulty and various struggles of finding an ideal job for Chinese students, so the feeling of being able to offer help and support makes my society duties a lot more enjoyable.

Iris Xuan Wang, MSc Business Analytics (2020)

Top 4 Advantages of Studying Business Analytics

1. Choosing Cass

Prior to Cass, I had completed degrees in Commerce and International Business in Canada. During this time, I went on exchanges to Hong Kong and the Netherlands. I wanted to choose a degree that would equip me with the technical skills of the 21st century. So, when the opportunity to study in London came knocking, I did not hesitate to take up the offer. With data and tech making huge noise in the marketplace, and the MSc Business Analytics starting its initiation at Cass, the timing could not have been better!

2. A Supportive Cohort

Completing the online pre-course modules, I felt confident in my abilities. But after starting classes full-time in September, I realised there was a personal steep learning curve. Having primarily a background in business principles rather than coding applications, at times it felt like I was not good enough.

Thankfully, in Cass, and especially in my MSc Business Analytics cohort, I found a supportive bunch, always eager and willing to help you out. There is no sense of cutthroat competition akin to some of my previous schools which was a refreshing change. Outside of class it is a huge bonus to have a social community you can connect, spend time and enjoy with!

 

Fun with the MSc Business Analytics ’19 cohort

 

3. Societies, extracurricular fun and networking

I wanted to seek out extracurricular opportunities and reach my maximum potential. I am particularly interested in strategy consulting – and with the right mix of networking, putting my best foot forward and heading up the consulting department at Cass Consultancy Society, I managed to excel and take helm as president of the society.

In particular, the good thing about Cass is that it is not a mammoth school with everyone vying in a constant competitive space. You can have a strategy and execute it with efficiency to take leadership roles within the clubs and societies space.

The experience has equipped me with key skills in leadership, team management, communication and cultural mediation. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience.

 

Cass Consultancy Society meet-up

4. Ace Academia

Initially there was a steep learning curve, but the beauty of pushing yourself to the limit is that you are investing in yourself! When the second term started, I found myself much more at ease with the technical coding aspects of the classes and assignments. It helped me better understand the principles that were going behind the engine that is your computer, the coherence with the data, and making smart analyses and in a sense, data-driven decision-making based on the visualisations of data.

No doubt, I feel much more equipped to take up the pressing challenges of the digital economy and use data as a resource in my career. I always had an appreciation for tech, but not to the extent of studying engineering – but in Business Analytics, I found my true calling: a combination of business and technology applied to essentially take the analytics advantage! I know that within the short span of one year’s time, I have equipped myself with a unique skillset to bridge the gap between business and technology teams – effectively differentiating myself in a hypercompetitive job market. If your passion lies in business and you want to equip yourself with some essential technical skills, you cannot go wrong with the MSc Business Analytics programme at Cass!

Ashhab Ahmad, MSc Business Analytics (2019)

4 Ways Business Analytics Transformed My Life

1. I became a business and data analyst

I could have never imagined that I would have developed so many skills from one master’s degree. It’s true, the MSc Business Analytics course is really challenging. But with hard work and dedication, everything is possible. My undergraduate course was based on finance and accounting; therefore, I did not know a lot about data analysis. Now, I am a confident coder in Python and R, I gained skills in machine learning techniques, and I know how to visualise data. There is a long list of skills that I developed because of this course, and I believe I will utilise each single one as a professional in the industry.

2. I gained friends from all over the world

The first thing that was apparent to me as I walked into the introduction lecture, is the diversity within the cohort. Most students were international, from all parts of the world. Thanks to the course’s focus on group coursework and Cass events, it was very easy to get to know everyone. I met exceptional people and learned about so many different cultures. I made new friends, and even learned to make margaritas with a Mexican friend! These people are potential leaders of the future and being friends and former classmates with them is going to be very helpful in the industry.

3. I became a Londoner

I never understood how different life would be in London. Yes, it’s busy, it’s expensive but it’s also wonderful. By living in London, I understood big city life is for me, and why. You can be free and independent, even if you are around so many people. Everything is so close to reach. You can do everything, from dining at the best restaurant in the world to going to a walk in the park. You meet people from all over the world. This master’s is the reason I moved to London and understood that this is where I want to start my career.

4. I secured the job of my dreams

I know everyone always says, go to the Careers Fair and go to the Careers Events, but no one really believes that anything good is going to come from this. Well, you should all go. If it wasn’t for the Cass Careers Fair, I would never have gotten an amazing job as a technology consultant in the data department of a multinational corporation. It was a dream come true for me. Everyone in my course wanted to get into this industry, and I thought it would be impossible because of the competition. But, I went to the careers fair in September, put on a smile and got as much information from as many representatives I could. I met the representatives and applied to the jobs that suited me best. And this was it. Next year I might even be the representative of the company talking to the new students. I am extremely grateful for Cass, and the careers team for helping me secure this job.

Dorina Constantinou, MSc Business Analytics (2019)

How I Secured the Career of My Dreams

Born in a family full of engineers, I was always obsessed with numbers and formulas. However, unlike most of my cousins, I have demonstrated an extreme level of passion for business studies. By virtue of my supportive family, last year, I decided to follow my dream in a new competitive environment in London to study the MSc Business Analytics.

From Coding Amateur to Data Analyst

Having attended numerous job interviews, I am constantly being asked: “Do you have any relevant experience in analytics?” Since starting my MSc in Business Analytics, I can now evidence that I do. Believe it or not: in the first class of my master’s at Cass Business School, I was trying to run Python-based software on my laptop, without any prior experience in coding at all. To be honest, I could not even imagine where to start. Now, I feel confident about applying a wide variety of algorithms for data training and further analysis.

The content of the course and projects we have delivered have shaped my internal data analyst. Essential modules like Machine Learning and Analytics Methods for Business have equipped me with technical skills such as data cleansing, data processing and visualisation, and substantially enriched my business acumen. The course is well structured with the teamwork practice. My classmates and I have been granted an opportunity to digest dozens of the best application cases and examples for the business environment. This has been so helpful to learn how to best put forward our top skills and apply them after our graduation to secure our dream job.

Furthermore, the applied research project in which we use data analytics as a team has introduced me to the organisational approach towards problem-solving of the complex data issues. The project gave me a taste of working within a tight schedule, the way you might in a real working environment, with like-minded people.

The Secret to Obtaining Job Offers: Cass Careers Service

I am quite sure that most of the Careers Service team are familiar with me due to the high frequencies of me showing up in their office. No matter whether it’s for CV editing, target industry resources or mock interviews, the Careers Service team are always ready to give me tailored advice through one-to-one meetings. In the whole job-hunting process, I have received several job offers in London from Big Four accounting firms and investment banks across different roles like Data Analyst and Consultant. Honestly, I could not have done this without all the support from the Careers Service team. Regularly, they host networking events connecting us with experts in all kinds of industries and hold events with presentations covering the topics that we are interested in.

I would like to thank Cass Business School for offering the most desired course on the job market and equipping me with highly demanded skills to facilitate my career journey. I truly believe that choosing Cass is the best decision I have ever made.

Yipin Li, MSc Business Analytics (2019)

 

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