My interest in finance and capital markets was triggered through a stock exchange simulation I participated in during the last two years of school. This experience was the foundation of the decision to strive for a career in the financial industry and was fostered through an apprenticeship as banking professional with a focus on asset management. To dive deeper into the theoretical concepts of the financial industry, I completed an undergraduate program in business administration with majors in banking, finance and international business while gaining practical experience in various fields such as wealth management, corporate banking as well as transaction advisory in Germany and Switzerland.
The combination of work experience, my quantitative-oriented undergraduate program and especially my bachelor’s thesis about the momentum anomaly in the American stock market played a primary part in the decision to apply for the M.Sc. Finance program at the University of Liechtenstein. The program structure combines lectures and hands-on case studies and coding assignments, offering the opportunity to apply the underlying theory in real-world scenarios. The in-depth academic knowledge, practical insights from seasoned professionals as well as various networking possibilities continuously foster my drive to explore career opportunities in the financial industry. The combination of the seminar in “Advanced Corporate Finance” and a transaction advisory and valuation internship were the primary motivational factors behind the decision to complete an internship in a M&A Boutique in Frankfurt. The insights I was able to acquire are invaluable for the career I want to strive for.
The small size of the program allows you to engage with lecturers, professionals as well as fellow students on a direct and more personal level. Nevertheless, the cultural diversity stemming from more than 12 nationalities enriches lectures as well as interpersonal relationships. As an outdoor sports enthusiast, the fact of Liechtenstein being an Alpine country with a broad variety of outdoor activities added significantly to my excitement to continue my academic career at the University of Liechtenstein.