1. Please give a brief description of the current job you hold: What do you do and what are your responsibilities?
I work at the Chief Investment Office (CIO) of UBS Wealth Management. Our department sets the investment and asset allocation strategy which the bank follows when providing investment advice or creating investment funds for its clients. We also publish and present on a broad spectrum of research topics, mostly related to investment strategy and macroeconomics. My colleagues regularly appear on TV channels like Bloomberg or CNBC where they are asked to share their economic and financial views.
Within CIO, my main responsibility is scenario analysis. Using a combination of expert input from my colleagues and advanced quantitative models, I try to determine the potential impact of adverse economic or (geo)political events on global financial markets and on our investment strategy. Events under my coverage can range from a recession in the US or a sharp economic slowdown in China, to a severe military escalation in the Middle East or a break-up of the euro area. The results of this analysis inform our benchmark investment strategy; they are also published in a client-friendly format as part of the UBS Global Risk Radar publication series.
2. How did your Finance education at SSE help your future career?
I am thankful for my education at SSE because it revealed my strengths and interests within finance, and it provided me with the necessary qualifications and brand name to pursue those interests professionally. Not everyone who graduates in finance goes on to use their acquired skills in a professional capacity. I went into investment management where I tend to use those skills a lot. My Master's thesis on asset pricing theory has helped me get the job to begin with; the strong academic and quantitative background that SSE has provided me has helped me learn new things quickly and easily as I have gone along.
The job market is even more competitive today than it was when I first graduated. If I graduated in 2017 and applied for my current job, I may not have been considered for an interview to begin with. Regardless of which year you graduate, getting the right job is ultimately a game of numbers, dedication and, dare I say, destiny. SSE gives you an edge because other SSE graduates give your institution a good name.