Features - Alum of the Month
March 2009 Intake
What and where did you study before your Mountbatten internship?
I Majored in Economics and Psychology at Providence College and graduated in 2007. Before London, I was working in Washington DC in clinical research at a small national company named Accelovance.
What made you apply for the Mountbatten programme?
I wanted the chance to live in another country for an extended period and wanted to break into the world of finance. London is my favourite city in the world, so the program seemed like a perfect fit.
Describe your sponsor company and your role within it.
I worked at Deutsche Bank in Product Development on the trading floor. This role was really terrific and very unique. My boss handed me tasks and asked me to figure out the problems for myself. The autonomy was a great learning experience and kept the work very interesting. By the end of my year, I found myself involved in major projects within the Prime Finance group. Overall, a really amazing work experience.
What was the highlight/most memorable moment of your working experience during this year?
Near the end of the year I was heavily involved in a major project for Prime Finance. I was leading calls every day with Directors and VP's from India, New York, and London and functioning as the primary manager on the IT side for the project.
What was the social highlight/most memorable moment during this year?
We celebrated July 4th on a boat cruise down the River Themes with over 100 MB's. It was one of the best nights the entire year.
Please share a little wisdom/philosophy that you acquired during your internship
Life is short. Do not be afraid to take risks. Don't forget to live in the moment. The beauty of travelling to new places is really getting into the culture. Be sure to eat local food even if it is a little pricey or does not look too appetising. Try and have a conversation or two with the locals, they love to tell stories about their lives and you learn so much about the area you are visiting.
If you could change anything about your internship, what would it be?
Surprisingly nothing. It was an unbelievable year!
What happened after completing the year - what did you do next?
I finished my MBA in Thailand, and have recently returned.
Are you able to tell me a little more about your MBA experience in Thailand?
It's hard to describe, but I will give it a shot:
When you come home from Thailand, you begin to realize how much you have learned - that you were not even aware of at first. In the work force you are competing against people with MBA's from some top tier schools, but I feel like I have something much more valuable to offer. Living in Thailand and traveling through Asia gave me a true experience of the culture, something that cannot be learned in a text book. With Asia continuing to grow and develop in the global economy, it is invaluable to have first hand experience of the different cultures and customs.
Thailand is an amazing place to live. It is an absolutely beautiful country with so much to offer. Visiting some of the cities away from Bangkok, or even the small towns and villages will give you insight into how different some people live. Many of the people in the small villages are surviving on less than $2 a day.
Getting away from Thailand and seeing other parts of Asia is also extremely easy since Bangkok is very central in Asia. The border countries are amazing and have so much to offer. Whether going tubing and caving in Laos, visiting the temples in Cambodia, or venturing out into Ha Long Bay in Vietnam you are bound to enjoy a completely unique and dynamic experience.
Where are you now in your working life and what do you do?
Looking for work but do not know which industry.
Do you have any future plans that you would like to realise & what are they (career & social)?
I would like to run my own company one day.