Iulia Serban: Romania
I knew I wanted to continue my career path in the field of finance and I have chosen the University of Liverpool mainly because of its academic ranking and its Russell Group membership.
What were you doing before you began MSc study?
Before starting the MSc programme, I did my undergraduate studies in Finance and Banking at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, in which I obtained the equivalent of a 1st Class degree with Honours. I also had the opportunity to expand my horizons by studying one semester at the University of Amsterdam, as part of an Erasmus exchange programme.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Liverpool Management School?
Choosing to study a master’s degree at the University of Liverpool Management School was a straightforward decision for me. I knew I wanted to continue my career path in the field of finance and chose the University of Liverpool mainly because of its academic ranking and its Russell Group membership. The high quality of studies, the excellent facilities provided by the university through its modern campus, the access to employability-enhancing activities were all supporting my wish to apply. After spending some months here, I can say that this choice was one of the best I could make.
Did you receive a scholarship?
I started my application early because I was very enthusiastic about starting my postgraduate studies. I pushed the submission button at the end of January 2018 and I patiently waited for my conditional offer. It arrived along with a huge surprise. Because of the strength of both my application and my academic records, the university offered me the ULMS Future Leaders Scholarship, covering the full cost of my tuition fees. I was nothing but thrilled by this amazing news
Which aspects of the MSc course do you think will be most beneficial to your career development?
When I came to Liverpool, I had one thing in mind: I want to take full advantage of the fact that I have the opportunity to be here. I knew I wanted to continue to excel in my academic studies and to get involved in as many activities as I could. So, until now I can proudly say that I achieved this goal. I enjoyed the modules aimed to provide the skills needed in the area of finance and the professional teachers who make the lectures reality-related and push students to think critically. I’ve been elected to be a Course Representative for the MSc Finance course, I am part of the MSc Social Committee, I participated in Skills Enhancement sessions as part of the MSc Execs award and I will also be involved in the “We can work it out” consultancy challenge. That’s the thing I love the most about this place: it has loads of opportunities for students to grow. I feel that any activity in which I take part will be beneficial both for me as a human being and for my future career as long as I learn something from it. And here I do learn a lot!
What have you enjoyed most about living in Liverpool?
I fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere of the city of Liverpool. Living in Liverpool is unique, there is always something new and exciting happening here, which makes it a good place to have a wonderful student experience. The thing I enjoyed the most was the time spent with the people I met in the university, who made life away from my family easier. Together we explored the hidden gems of Liverpool: from sights to restaurants and events and had so much fun. Still, the Albert Dock is my favourite part of the city, especially at sunset. In my heart, Liverpool will always be my home away from home.