Thomas Guinness

Thomas Guinness

MIF

Class of 2016

Irish

from Trinity College Dublin

Fund Accountant at The Citco Group of Companies

The school’s strong links with the city of London and Paris have provided me with ample opportunities to network with potential employers

Before beginning my studies at HEC Paris, I completed my undergraduate studies in business and economics at Trinity College, Dublin. During this time, I completed internships in business & investment consulting, luxury real estate development, hedge fund accounting, and I co-founded a mobile technology start-up. I chose HEC Paris and the MIF program for three reasons: to refocus my career towards investment banking, develop a strong technical and practical foundation in finance, and immerse myself in a different culture with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In all three facets, HEC Paris has delivered.

Unrivalled networking opportunities

First, the school’s strong links with the city of London and Paris have provided me with ample opportunities to network with potential employers and put myself in the best position possible to enter investment banking. For example, the “study trip” at the start of the academic year allowed us to visit some of the city’s most prestigious banks and network with bankers from a wide variety of backgrounds. This was then swiftly followed by the finance forum, where we were able to meet people from the banks we were unable to visit. These experiences combined with the MIF’s outstanding career focused courses and coaching have all contributed to my successful transition into investment banking.

The faculty are specialists in their field

Second, as courses in the MIF are taught by both academics and practitioners, they have provided me with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in finance, which I will be able to build on throughout my career. For example, the course in financial modelling was taught by a director at Deutsche Bank, and I gained valuable insights into what junior investment bankers do on a daily basis which I can use in my career going forward. Aside from the set coursework, the lecturers are also extremely helpful in giving advice to students about entering the job market in their specific field; I found this invaluable during my own job search.

An amalgam of cultural experiences

Finally, being able to study in France has been a deeply enriching experience. Immersing myself in a foreign culture has taken me out of my comfort zone and has allowed me to become a more rounded person and develop my language skills. Furthermore, being surrounded by so many exceptional international students, with similar career goals to mine, has created an environment that is as enjoyable as it is conducive to effective higher study.
In the future I plan to progress within investment banking and continue to leverage the skills I have acquired and the network that I have developed while at HEC Paris. As the majority of my MIF class will be working in either London or Paris, I am confident that the connections and friendships that I have made here will be lasting ones.
Published on February 15, 2016