Jad Matta

Jad Matta

MFE

Class of 2014

Lebanese

from American University of Beirut

Experience as an Associate-Strategy Analyst for Crescent Global Holding


A key aspect of the MFE curriculum is its versatility through the elective courses, providing students with a large set of skills that will be essential for a career in Banking, Consulting, or even Industry

  • In your opinion, what are the strong points of the program?

The richness of a program comes both from the curriculum, from the people attending the classes and from the career opportunities that come with being a candidate of the program.

If I should answer more specifically, I believe a key aspect of the MFE curriculum is its versatility through the elective courses, enabling students to personalize their own curriculum to fit in their short or long term career plans as well as providing them with a large set of skills that will be essential for a career in Banking, Consulting, or even Industry.

  • Which courses did you prefer in your Program and why?

I have no specific courses that I prefer to be honest.

I like to categorize the courses in the MFE program in terms of Economics courses, Strategy courses and Finance courses, and I find that the three groups were all very interesting, each being on par with the high expected education level of HEC Paris.

One should not ignore the enriching conferences constantly being held by professionals from various sectors (Economists, Top Bank managers, Consultants), as well as the intensive job market workshops helping us with our job search since day one.

  • Did you find living on campus important for personal networking with students?

The HEC campus experience is a great networking opportunity where sharing ideas, making friends and learning complement the classroom learning and sometimes even take the spotlight with such a high quality of people from different backgrounds and walks of life.

People around you impact your decisions, choices, interests and preferences. As such, it is important to be surrounded by diverse yet fundamentally like-minded, driven and ambitious classmates.
Indeed, living on campus and being part of this community was one of the top reasons I chose HEC Paris in the first place and it ended up being one of the most exciting and enriching aspects of the year I spent here, enabling me to connect with other highly motivated students on a personal and professional level.

  • What advice would you give to the future students of the program?

The first advice I can give to future students is to keep the MFE community alive. Ultimately, being an MFE alumnus will become part of your identity, a trait that you will share with your classmates forever as well as with previous and future MFE alumni.

The second advice is to apply early in such a competitive era. If you know what you want to do or where you want to be later, then take early initiatives to network with HEC alumni and professionals to further explore potential career opportunities.