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Master of Finance graduate

Portfolio Manager at VFM (a subsidiary of Dragon Capital)

Long BuiLong Bui.

Completing a Master of Finance degree at the University of Otago has allowed me to take a step forward in my finance career and become a portfolio manager.

As I moved into management in the asset management industry, I realised that having a solid background in financial analysis and fluent asset pricing techniques was not enough. I wanted to feel confident when encountering and discussing different advanced topics with your colleagues and other specialists in this industry.

Confidence comes when you get rid of your fear and “the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”.

The Master of Finance programme filled in the missing pieces and I feel like I’ve got a more complete picture of the broader finance world. It enhanced my knowledge on various aspects of finance, taught me how to prepare and write an academic research project, and gave me hands-on experience in doing real-life projects in risk management, electricity trading, and stocks momentum effect.

The lecturers were all very supportive and dedicated, and provided comprehensive course materials.

I would be more than happy to recommend the MFinc programme to anyone who wants to climb higher on their career ladder, and also to those who are thinking about starting their very first journey into the finance world.