Gaurav Kalair joined EDHEC MSc in Finance after a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. The British student explained how this year impacted him.
Written on 04 Jun 2020.
Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, I completed my bachelor's in Human Biology at Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Towards the end of my Biology degree, I understood quite quickly that my passion resided in the “business world” through my professional experience at Tesco PLC. Consequently, I went onto study my first MSc in International Business at Aston Business School in 2019.
I decided to choose EDHEC for many reasons. Firstly, EDHEC is renowned globally for its specialty in Finance. Secondly, the Alumni Network that EDHEC has been able to develop is second to none, the variety of industries, positions and most importantly experiences the Alumni network has acquired over the years is something that is truly unique. Thirdly, the location in Nice is truly stunning, the culture in this great city is second to none, and there so much to absorb.
I joined the MSc in Finance.
Let me describe my journey in two words thus far: “growth” and “impact”. Coming to a different country in which I am unable to speak the native language at times has been challenging and also entering into a new field of Finance at times has been daunting. The amount of growth I have achieved both personally and professionally in such a short period of time has been exceptional, the impact this has left in my life will be long-lasting and I look forward to more.
The way EDHEC has constructed the MSc in Finance has enabled me to reach the next level on multiple skill sets. Firstly, as EDHEC promotes a collaborative work ethic through multiple group assignments my team working, listening and communication skills have improved significantly. Secondly, as EDHEC promotes verbal assessments through presentations this has allowed me to gain insights on how I can captivate the audience with the way I present data or any complicated information. On a more personal note, the campus is very diverse with students from across the globe, I have been able to develop my understanding and appreciation for different cultures therefore I believe this will aid me integrating with my future colleagues wherever I work.
Prior to EDHEC, I worked for Tesco PLC and Dogbot Technology. For Tesco I spent 6 six years working through multiple roles across multiple departments. I was able to become a supervisor and work with management on multiple projects (strategical and financial). For Dogbot Technology, a startup company I was tasked with data collection and the construction of marketing strategies.
EDHEC’s Career Centre has been world-class for me. Across the year, they have staged employers to come on the Nice campus and introduce their company and careers in which they offer. They have also Incorporated TICD as a part of the MSC which stages a mock assessment centre where real-life recruitment specialists come to the campus and individually reviews our performances with extensive feedback. Whilst they have to deal with every student of the school, it is very easy to book an appointment. The staff at the Career Centre are indeed specialists and will aid you for any assessment or interview that you require.
Thankfully I was able to benefit from all the services that the Career Centre has to offer and was able to secure a graduate position with PwC in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
My advice to international students is to come in with an open mind and not be scared of your surroundings but rather embrace them. Enjoy your time, you will make incredible long-lasting friendships, learn from a top-class institution, and finally have the beauty of Nice surrounding you. I would advise that you start to focus on job hunting straight away and have your CV reviewed by the Career Centre as soon as possible. Whilst there is a lot to do if you maintain a structure and create a strategy early on, things become a lot easier.