Career

July 7, 2016
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Our graduates have successfully pursued careers in the finance and banking industry, or embarked on higher degrees. Many currently work in retail banks, investment banks, fund houses, insurance, consulting firm or other financial institutions as market risk analysts, credit risk analysts, financial analysts, quantitative analysts, actuarial officers, assistant risk managers, etc.

 

Sharing from Alumni

career-1 Vincy Chen (B.Sc. in RMSC 2015) Operations Analyst, Goldman Sachs 

The Risk Management Science Programme offered intensive qualitative and quantitative training in risk analysis, which is highly valued in light of the volatile financial market and tightening regulatory control. The flexibility of elective courses also enables students to determine learning paths that follow their interests, and include computer science, mathematics and finance. The Professors and staff were enthusiastic and accessible, and offered broad constructive guidance and advice.

In hindsight, the programme was challenging but certainly rewarding to those who took the opportunity to develop themselves. Personally, the programme provided me with analytical skills and the appropriate mindset to approach problems; I was not simply taught the solution, but gained the ability to understand the scenario, break down the problem into pieces and then derive the solution. This approach is helpful in a general sense, providing more possibilities after graduation, either in advanced studies or in professional careers across all fields.

career-1 Chuyi Sun (B.Sc. in RMSC 2014) Senior Associate, Fidelity Investments

The RMSC programme provides students with a well-rounded package, combining a theoretical knowledge of statistics with practical perspectives on applying quantitative methods to real life. The comprehensive curriculum provided me with insights into the fields of statistics, computer science and finance. The valuable experience of exchange study at the University of California, Los Angeles also broadened my horizons.

After graduation from the RMSC programme, I chose to pursue a Master’s in Finance at Washington University in St. Louis. I found the guidance and training I received from the programme very helpful in my graduate studies. After graduation, I joined Fidelity Investments in Boston as an associate and the skills I gained from RMSC were also extremely useful in the asset management industry.

career-1 Carlos Au-yeung (B.Sc. in RMSC 2013) JP Morgan

Recent economic instability has highlighted the growing importance of risk control in financial institutions and regulatory agencies. The Risk Management Science programme, which offers comprehensive training in risk analysis and computer programming, is certainly helpful for students who want to pursue a career in the financial industry.

In addition to the well-structured curriculum, the programme also provides students with a career counselling service, internships and research opportunities, ensuring that students can make informed decisions about the directions to pursue after graduation.

 

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Keith Chan (B.Sc. in RMSC 2013, M.Phil. in RMSC 2015) Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University

I received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Risk Management Science. This programme trains me as a statistician who can translate financial risk problems into mathematical problems, and resolve them through the use of data. I appreciate the theoretical part of statistical analysis, which motivated me to pursue a PhD degree in Statistics at Harvard University.

I find statistics very exciting. On one side, this ‘sexy’ subject inherits the beauty of mathematics, while on the other it never strays too far from real problems. I find it fascinating to apply advanced statistical tools to manage unfavourable uncertainties, which we call risks, in the financial industry.

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Wendy Yau (B.Sc. in RMSC 2013) BNP Paribas

RMSC is a well-designed undergraduate programme which provides comprehensive training in diverse aspects. During my three years of study, I gained knowledge in areas such as data analysis, risk control, financial and economic evolution and computer programming. In addition to academic expertise, internships and career guidance are provided for students, which enhance their competency.

The well-rounded curriculum and full support of the department enable students to enjoy a broad spectrum of career possibilities. Besides the popular banking and finance industry, some will go on play leading roles in marketing, education and data mining while some will pursue further studies.

My time in the RMSC programme was always fruitful and full of challenges. The knowledge and skills acquired in the programme will surely equip students well to become competitive leaders in the future.

career-8 Tony Lau (B.Sc. in RMSC 2014) Business Analyst, Hang Seng Bank

The Risk Management Science programme provides students with comprehensive training on a wide range of disciplines including Statistics, Finance, Mathematics and Computer Science. Not only was I given opportunities to understand more about the financial industry during my four years of study, I also received training on defining, measuring and managing risks through analytical perspectives. The training has enabled me to amply meet the demands of my current job at Hang Seng Bank. Equipped with a risk management-oriented mind-set, I now focus on planning ahead for contingencies, which is I believe of great importance in maintaining the stability and reliability of the company’s service.

career-11 Alex Li Lok Shun (B.Sc. in RMSC 2009) Graduate Student at the University of Oxford

The RMSC programme has a well-structured curriculum that gives students plenty of opportunities to enrich their skill-sets and become professionals in possession of both quantitative and qualitative aptitude.

After graduating from CUHK with a Bachelor’s degree, I decided to further consolidate my knowledge in the field of finance and economics with a Master’s degree. In September 2009, I will embark on a new adventure, and pursue an MSc in Financial Economics at the University of Oxford, UK. I believe I will encounter an even wider range of intelligent minds and engage in even more creative discussions at Oxford.

The RMSC programme has given me a glimpse of the financial world through internships and research opportunities, which I will now build on with my coming experience at Oxford.

career-12 Helen Li (B.Sc. in RMSC 2009) Graduate Student of University of Chicago

Unlike other programmes, the RMSC programme requires us to acquire essential knowledge from different areas, including economics, finance, mathematics, statistics and computer science. Second year RMSC undergraduates may wonder why we are building up this foundation knowledge, which seems unrelated to ‘risk management’. From my point of view, these courses train us to think critically and logically, which will surely benefit our whole life. Risk management is a subject of science but also an art that cannot be rushed.

The RMSC programme and its Faculty are broadly recognised by top-ranking schools and institutes worldwide, which I realised when applying to graduate school. I am now pursuing my Master’s degree at the University of Chicago. I find it amazing that the courses I learnt in the RMSC programme provide me with a huge advantage, in terms of both quantitative method and scientific thinking, even though the public policy programme I joined sounded more like a social science subject. I will always be proud to be an RMSC graduate. I am sure the programme will prove valuable, no matter whether you choose to work or pursue further studies after graduation.

career-9 Kaly Fong (B.Sc. in RMSC 2009) Equity Analyst, MSCI Barra Limited

Risk management is increasingly important these days. How can we learn more about risk management and become professionals in this field?

Studying risk management science is a good starting point, and the programme provides us with comprehensive training that includes risk management, statistics, finance, mathematics and computer programming. These can all help us build a solid financial background. The study environment gives us opportunities to improve our presentation and communication skills. As we progressed through the three-year RMSC programme, our hard and soft skills improved.

It was difficult for a fresh graduate to find a job in 2009, due to the depressed economic conditions, but thanks to the well-balanced training provided by the programme, I was able to obtain an offer from MSCI Barra, and continue to develop my career in the financial industry.

career-4 Angel Leung (B.Sc. in RMSC 2008) APAC Business Process Improvement, BNP Paribas Hong Kong

Majoring in risk management science exposed me to a broad spectrum of academic fields, including statistics, finance, economics and computer science. These integrate to equip me with analytical thinking and technical skills, which are essential to success in the industry. I was also very pleased to be nominated for and be accepted in the internship programme at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in 2006. The many opportunities offered enable us to acquire real-life experience and to consolidate our classroom learning. If you are eager to take up challenges and desire to be a future leader in the dynamic financial marketplace, then risk management science would surely be your best choice.

14169569_1780481992235281_1606531334_n Esther Tsang (B.Sc. in RMSC 2006) Associate in Global Markets, HSBC New York
After graduating from the Risk Management Science programme in 2006, I embarked on my Masters of Science in the London School of Economics and Political Science. I began my banking career as a fund structurer in HSBC New York in 2007. During my days on trading floor, I ran the fund derivatives and equity strategies trading book. I currently work in Wholesale Portfolio Management, which oversees the lending portfolio of commercial banking and global banking and markets. I managed the concentration and capital risk of the global lending portfolio of HSBC through execution in primary and secondary markets.To build a successful career in the multi-faceted world of risk management, particularly in the current business environment, a well-regarded programme and a solid academic background is required. I found that the Risk Management Science programme combines academic theory with practical business to create a learning experience that is both challenging and stimulating. The wide spectrum of optional modules enabled me to further investigate the disciplines which interested me most. I particularly enjoyed the discussions with our professors, who constantly supported me during the programme and after graduation.
career-6 Mathew Wong (B.Sc. in RMSC 2005; M.Phil. in RMSC 2007) Statistician, Census and Statistics Department, HKSAR

During my three-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate studies, I took courses on market risk management, credit risk modelling, investment tools and analysis, derivatives pricing, econometrics, management, computer programming, data analysis and applied business statistics. Through the well-designed and comprehensive training programmes, I developed a solid academic background and gained essential analytical skills to tackle real-world problems in a holistic business-oriented fashion.

In addition to my educational qualification, I joined the summer internship programmes at the HSBC Group and MSCI Barra. I met many talented people and worked with a great team, and it gave me an excellent insight into a career in research. It was a fantastic opportunity, which helped me decide what area I would be most suited to in the long term, and what skills would be most important to my role. I enjoy applying my quantitative skills successfully in real-life scenarios.

career-5 Li, Ka Leung (B.Sc. in RMSC 2003; M.Phil. in RMSC 2005; FRM) Assistant Manager Credit Analytics, Credit Risk Management, HSBC

In today’s volatile financial market, risk management is crucial for any financial institution and particularly for banks. I am very pleased that I can apply my knowledge to the management of the bank’s credit portfolios. Statistical estimation and financial modelling techniques learnt over the last five years are extremely important in my work. I sincerely believe that the programme is extremely worthwhile.

career-10 Timothy Choi (B.Sc. in RMSC 2002, M.Phil. in RMSC 2004, FRM) Market Risk Manager DBS Hong Kong

The Risk Management Science programme used lectures, applications and presentations to deliver knowledge on various disciplines including statistics, computer science and financial risk management. The continually developing curriculum equips students with concepts, skills and techniques that are essential for a professional practitioner in today’s ever-changing financial industry.