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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. 



Jan Welters

SENIOR CONSULTANT AT DELOITTE CONSULTING, MUNICH

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 was to return to Deloitte as a Senior Consultant. I am extremely

happy to be part of a globally leading consultancy firm. The international orientation

at the University of Liechtenstein supports me in my daily business at Deloitte.

Moreover, the MSc in Finance programme enables you to quickly gather, analyze

and structure information – a skill that is essential in the consulting industry.

  

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

 

The most important piece of advice in my mind is to combine theoretical with practical

learning. Use your time at the University of Liechtenstein to learn intensively. Always

go the extra mile when finishing a paper or an assignment – but also use your time

as a student to get in-depth insights into working life. This facilitates both your studies

and especially your career start after university. It is essential to build up a

professional network as soon as possible. In addition, it helps you to know what you

want to specialize in after graduation.

 



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.



Peter vago

Credit Risk at Morgan Stanley, Budapest

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 accomplishment so far has been starting my professional career in the Credit Risk

department of Morgan Stanley. My time at the University was invaluable in achieving this, as it provided me with a sound financial education, laying a theoretical foundation that I can safely rely on. In addition, due to the international nature of the programme I met with people from all around the world, with different perspectives, which provided great opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

 

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

 

The University of Liechtenstein is full of opportunities, but you will only get as much out of it as you are willing to put in. Go to the After-Work Lectures, look for self-improvement opportunities or internships during the holidays, build your network and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everybody is really helpful, and even if they don’t know the answer, most likely they will help you get one step closer to finding it.