Allan MacDonald

Allan MacDonald

MFE

Class of 2013

Scottish

from University of Glasgow

Experience as an Analyst for Schlumberger Business Consulting


The course has really invigorated my interest in economics, especially in macro economics and public policy issues, and has provided me with the skills necessary to pursue a career in strategy consulting

The MFE program offers the opportunity to study economic theories applicable to a broad range of careers from pure finance to management, consulting or work with international organisations. The course structure allows you to tailor your learning to suit your career aims, goals and interests, offering electives focused on both macro and microeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy and strategy. Coming from an engineering background, I was worried that going straight into a master level degree program in economics with little prior economic training would leave me at a huge disadvantage over students with bachelor degrees in economics, however the quality of the teaching and courses make learning these topics, principals and theories possible.

The academic level of the students creates an excellent atmosphere in class, creating a positive learning environment, which is very accommodative for learning, and is especially valuable during group projects and papers. Overall, the course has really invigorated my interest in economics, especially in macro economics and public policy issues, and has provided me with the skills necessary to pursue a career in strategy consulting.

There are many opportunities to interact with industry professionals, and many senior executives host presentations, conferences and case studies. For example, I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to partake in a sovereign risk rating seminar hosted by one of the major credit ratings agencies. And of course events such as the recent conference with Jens Weidmann, who discussed the importance of independence of central banks, provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from global leaders in the fields of business and economics.