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Philip Johansson

Meet Philip Johansson  – Associate - Client Relations & Capital Raising at EQT, MSc in Finance and BSc in Business & Economics alum.

Describe your role and what it is that you do overall and on a day-to-day basis.

I work in the Client Relations & Capital Raising team at EQT, which is a purpose-driven global investment organization. Our team is responsible for coordinating and driving all fundraising and client service-related activities. The overarching goal for the team is to support all EQT’s business lines and funds by building and maintaining strong client relationships. I am currently focusing on the infrastructure fundraises, which is super exciting!


What interested you about the field/company/role you are currently in?

The private equity industry is deeply intriguing to me. I am particularly drawn to its capacity to drive a positive impact by actively developing and enhancing companies. Working on the capital raising side is highly interesting, as you encounter a wide range of strategies, not limited to a specific one. It is truly inspiring to work at EQT alongside intelligent and motivated individuals. This environment pushes me to perform at my best, rethink strategies, and continually seek improvement on a day-to-day basis.


Why did you choose to study your subject area at SSE?

I decided to study the MSc program in Finance due to the appealing combination of an interesting set of courses that provided me with a strong foundation, as well as the exciting career prospects it offered upon graduation. Many of these finance courses are structured around real-life case studies, which makes the learning experience extra relevant and engaging. Instead of just reading textbooks, I had the opportunity to apply my knowledge to real-world situations, and I find this hands-on approach incredibly valuable. Lastly, applicable to all the programs at SSE, you are surrounded by high-performing individuals, which creates an excellent environment for personal development.


How did your time/education at SSE help guide you to the career journey you have embarked on?

As touch upon briefly previously, I believe the way the program is/was structured with the case study methodology taught me practical problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which I have directly applied in my career. Also, interacting with high-achieving peers inspired me to always strive for excellence.


Following the time at SSE, do you have any words of wisdom or advice you would like to share with our current students?

Here are my top four tips:

  • Seize Internship Opportunities: If possible, take on internships to gain practical experience and build your professional network.

  • Follow Your Passion: Don't feel pressured to follow a predefined path. Explore what genuinely interests you, even if it is unconventional.

  • Diverse Career Paths: Remember that opportunities exist across various industries; your skills can be applied in many ways.

  • Enjoy the Journey: While focusing on your future, don't forget to enjoy your university experience. Build memories, friendships, and have fun along the way.


What are three phrases that sum up your time at SSE?

Memorable, fun, hard work!