Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?
My brother did an undergraduate at LSE and spoke very highly of the institution, and having completed an undergrad in Computer Science with Business Management myself, I wanted to pursue a course aimed at management of IT/IS. I felt this course was perfect for what I was looking for and provided me with the perfect springboard for employment.
Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?
Fantastic - a great experience with a lot of lessons learnt and knowledge gained. Also made new friends worldwide who I am still in contact with. Writing this makes me want to go back! :)
Please describe your career path to date:
Having completed an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science with Business Management, I wanted to go towards management of IT and IS. Following my MSc at LSE, I had a gap year to pursue other interests I have always wanted to try (ranging from property refurbishment to travelling), and secured a job at Lloyds Banking Group as an IT Management Trainee. Following the two year graduate programme, I secured a role as a Technology Risk Manager in IT Business Unit Control Function, managing IT risks in Retail and Digital Banks.
Why did you choose your current job?
I didn't enjoy the programming aspects of computing - which is why I felt the course at LSE was vital for me. This course strengthened my CV in applying for IT Management jobs.
Tell us about your current job:
I manage stakeholders and liaise with colleagues in Group IT to ensure all technology risks are identified and mitigated in line with the bank's risk appetite. What I have learnt is that employment does not mean the end of your studies! I have in the past couple of years gained the Chartered Banker Diploma, Management of Risk Foundation and Practitioner, and am currently enrolled on a Cyber Security course to continue developing myself. My office is based in London Bridge and the working environment Lloyds Banking Group provide me with is much better than what I expected!!
What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?
I would definitely make the most of your time at LSE. Careers services, peers and your network at LSE is far more powerful than you can imagine!! Professors have also written me some fantastic references for me which certainly helped me land this job! "Work hard play hard", but don't forget your goals (and why you're there in the first place!).