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Laura Hecker

Equity Sales at Goldman Sachs International, Frankfurt

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

To start my professional career in the Equity Sales department of Goldman Sachs has been my biggest achievement so far. I am really proud to be part of a very international, highly motivated and truly inspiring team where a culture of continuous learning and development is helping me grow and realize my full potential every day. This achievement relates to the completion of the MSc in Finance programme as that it has prepared me well for my future career by providing the necessary theoretical financial knowledge that I can apply now on a daily basis. Studying at the University of Liechtenstein has been a very important corner stone of my career path helping me be where I am now.  

 

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc in Finance programme and for their respective future careers? 

 

 

Firstly, I am convinced that international exposure is very important as it signals pro-activity and the ability to manage challenging situations in an unknown environment to future employers. This is why I went on an exchange semester to Taipei, completed an internship at UniCredit in Hong Kong and studied in Liechtenstein despite being from Germany. Secondly, I recommend future students to consider their time at the University of Liechtenstein as an investment. The more time and effort you invest in your studies as well as extra-curricular and work experience, the better your future pay-off will be. I believe that success is a function of dedication, motivation, talent and especially hard work. But most importantly, you need to really love what you do – this is what keeps you striving for excellence.



Markus Haas

Corporate Banking At Deutsche Bank, Vienna

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

Whenever good times come to an end you look back with nostalgia and ahead with excitement. Nostalgia because you know that going forward you will no longer be able to see your fellow study colleagues on a daily basis but also excitement because change also means opportunity to meet new people, grow as a person and continue learning. I am proud of having successfully completed the MSc in Finance programme which helped me in several ways to build the foundation for my current position. First, I received a comprehensive financial education. Second, I gained further cultural awareness through the internationally orientated degree programme and through an exchange semester at Kozminski University in Warsaw. Third, I have improved my problem-solving skills and learned to approach challenges calmly and objectively.  All these acquired skills support me during my daily tasks at one of the most renowned investment banks in the industry.  

  

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc in Finance programme and for their respective future careers? 

 

I can only recommend to new MSc in Finance students to make the most out of their studies. Be open-minded, communicative and supportive of your fellow colleagues. You will soon see that everyone has different strengths and capabilities. The idea is to gain problem-solving competence, work together and exchange experiences in order to achieve the best possible outcome. In addition, be eager to engage with the faculty and take advantage of the After-Work lectures. They provide you with the opportunity to meet experts from the region and give valuable  insights into the financial centre of Liechtenstein. 



Mirjam Treyer

Relationship Management at Credit Suisse, Zurich

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

Coming from a non-finance Bachelor’s programme, but striving towards a career in the financial sector, the MSc in Finance was my key to success. The MSc in Finance programme at the University of Liechtenstein enabled me to acquire the necessary knowledge and to build up the right connections to enter the financial industry. Hence, my Master’s degree opened the door to work for an international bank in one of Europe’s major financial centers.

  

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc Finance programme and for their respective future careers? 

 

The MSc in Finance, with its outstanding study programme, the international group of students and professors, the low student-professor ratio and the proximity to the local businesses, is unique in many ways. Hence, grasp each and every of these special opportunities to develop yourself, to get one step closer towards your career goals, or to simply connect with people from all over the world who share similar interests and future careers. Use events such as the After-Work Lectures or the Career Day to enhance your knowledge on certain topics and to network with people from the industry. The University of Liechtenstein offers you multiple ways and possibilities to grow, so just use them.

 



Ludwig Löhle

TREASURY AT UBS, London

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

My biggest success so far has been to move from a regional retail bank to the global leader in wealth management and a top tier investment bank within only two years. Studying in an international and extremely challenging environment was the basis to be well prepared for an international career in banking. The low professor/student ratio is one of the university’s most valuable assets and the key for an extraordinarily steep learning curve.

 

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc in Finance programme and for their respective future careers? 

 

Benefit from semester breaks and complete as many internships as possible to build a sustainable network. This in combination with the MSc in Finance degree is the ticket for a smooth post-studies career start. Successfully running through the curriculum requires a significant level of effort and endurance. Always keep in mind: it will pay off!




Matthias Herrmann-MenG

PHD STUDENT & RESEARCH ASSISTANT AT THE CHAIR OF FINANCE, Vaduz

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

Becoming the best graduate of the MSc in Finance programme 2016/17 and having passed the CFA Level 1 in June 2017 allowed me to choose between multiple enticing employment opportunities. I always derived great pleasure from conducting my own research and hence, I decided to enrol for the PhD programme. Our university truly stands out for its strong research orientation, its international approach and its unique personal learning environment. Currently, around 650 students are enrolled which allows for excellent study conditions that are similar to a private university (with an astonishing student-teacher ratio of 11: 1). Consequently, students can strongly benefit from the academic support services offered at university. In my case, academic staff’s effective support enabled me to run a laboratory experiment for my Master’s thesis. By fall 2019 I hope to have published the derived results in a top-tier journal.

 

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc in Finance programme and for their respective future careers?

 

New students are well advised to refrain from working during the first semester due to the demanding workload of the programme. They should rather do an internship between the first and the second semester and/ or during the summer break. In addition, highly motivated students should apply for one of the different CFA scholarships and take the June Level I exam. I think that the programme's CFA-oriented curriculum will come in handy.



Patrick Wildhaber

Private Banking at LGT Bank, Vaduz

What has been your biggest achievement so far and how does it relate to your completion of the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein?

 

The MSc in Banking and Financial Management (now: MSc in Finance) enabled me to apply for the LGT Graduate Programme. I was pleased to be one out of only eleven programme participants worldwide, who got the chance to gain practical experience at one of the most successful privately owned banks in the world. My studies at the University of Liechtenstein allowed me to establish a solid foundation to assert myself in the financial industry. Now - after 18 months of practical education on the job – I am pleased to start as a relationship manager for LGT.

 

What piece of advice could you give new students regarding the MSc in Finance programme and for their respective future careers? 

 

The MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein gives students the opportunity to broaden one's mind and to immerse oneself in various finance topics. Be yourself and focus on what you really want to do. Professional success and outperformance are driven by passion. Therefore, dedication to the financial industry, pleasure and incentive are key factors to success or put differently: the MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein is an investment in your career and the return on your investment is driven by your effort. Never forget that your effort will be reimbursed  with your future achievements.