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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.



Patrick Prinz

Investment Banking at Citigroup, 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?

 

Having spent time in Investment Banking, Strategy Consulting and the Hedge Fund Industry, I was in the fortunate position to have worked with bright minds and inspiring teams on a diverse set of complex financial transactions. I was at the forefront of large deals making headlines in the public media and financial press as well as tough private, off-market negotiations, both in the main hubs and in exotic locations. An open mindset, genuine curiosity and a strong work ethic proved key qualities, all of which the University of Liechtenstein and the Masters in Finance programme helped me build. The selected group of international students combined with a healthy mix of lecturers from both the academic world and the real industry provide a unique training environment, preparing you well for a comfortable entry in the financial industry.

  

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

 

The University and the Finance programme will equip you with the fundamentals; however, it is on you to be (i) receptive and (ii) to develop complementary soft skills. Put yourself in the driver’s seat from day one and take control over how your career unfolds. Make sure you tick all the boxes, which your target employers lay out for candidates to be considered qualified (e.g. solid grade record, international exposure, practical experience). The ugly truth is that you are going to compete with many excellent graduates with comparable resumes and backgrounds. It is therefore indispensable for you to understand what your core competencies are and what makes you stand out of the crowd: Is it your network, your cultural awareness, your sales qualities, your technological expertise, public speaking and presentation skills? I encourage students to prepare their personal elevator pitch and develop their own brand. Lastly, embrace networking as the highest form of communication and make use of every opportunity to learn from others and develop long-term relationships.



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!




marina Vasileva

Investment Compliance at Swiss Life, Schaan

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?

 

I consider one of my biggest achievements to start my professional career in Liechtenstein. The  labour market in finance is highly competitive here. The MSc in Finance programme of the University of Liechtenstein was the perfect stepping stone aligning with my interest in financial markets, advancing my soft skills and academic research abilities. Opportunities like the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme are also very beneficial.

 

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

 

Be open-minded and grab every opportunity. Today’s globalised world provides unlimited opportunities - exchanges, internships, trainings, study trips, volunteering, student organisations, competitions, etc. One just needs to go out there and get involved. Remember that a university degree is only a part of the “career puzzle”. Education does not end with a degree and it is important to learn and acquire different skills also outside the university. One of the most valuable things for me at the University of Liechtenstein has been its international environment. I encourage students to fully exploit every chance to meet people from completely different backgrounds and cultures. Intercultural communication helps to put things into perspective and it is also a fundamental skill for business.



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.