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    hey guys...im George and currently studying Finance and Investment Banking at the icma centre in my first year. I remember how much I wanted to talk to people who were actually on the course when I was in your position last year. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding the course, nightlife, accomdation etc let me know
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    Whats the amount of hands on projects/trading simulation/portfolio management in the first year?
    How many people are on the f&ib course?
    Whats they to international students to home?
    As for accommodation which one are you in, whats do you recommend and pros and cons of wessex and makinder
    Have you got any internships secured for the summer?

    I know enough about the nightlife, and majority of it is what you make it, so i cba with questions on that, if you could answer those above i would be very greatful

    Thanks btw george
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    Hows the nightlife in reading? lol
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    Hi guys,

    Well I just finished my trading simulation module for the first year, its worth 12% of the introductory finance module and only takes up a few weeks of your first year. I really enjoyed it, especially as the rest of the course is so theoretical and it really does give you a great/rare oppurtunity to see what trading is really like. In terms of portfolio management, your given a assignment to do in the 2nd term which introduces you to the basics of risk and return and makes you apply them to stocks from the FTSE 100.

    About 50 are on the course. I would say its 50/50 in terms of english students relative to international students.

    Im in Windsor, which I absolutley love. The hall may not be the most attractive and the food at times is questionable(catered), but in terms of location/social life its an absolute winner. Mackinder looks really impressive and again is right on campus, but I know it is expensive in comparison to other halls. I would really recommend being on campus as it gives you easy access to everything. I can wake up at 8:45 and get to 9:00 lectures no problem!

    Internships are an interesting one. What I would really recommend looking into which I didnt know about til it was too late is spring weeks that most of the big banks offer in London (applications close at the end of each year). Having said that, I am just about to send of an application to JP Morgan in Bournemouth for the Spring 2 day programme they offer (as I live really close to Bouremouth its ideal anyway). In terms of summer internships, have not even tried looking as its something most people (including myself) dont worry about until the second year. Even though of course there is no harm in trying.

    As im from Winchester, which has only 1 proper nightclub, Reading nightlife is really really good. Normally go out 3 times a week and never get bored. If your into commercial/hip-hop/dubstep then there is alot on offer, while i guess genres such as rock/indie are less well catered for.

    If you want me to expand on any of this or have anymore questions let me know. I remember how much I wanted to talk to someone doing the course when I was applying last year, so have no worries
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    Hi guys,

    Well I just finished my trading simulation module for the first year, its worth 12% of the introductory finance module and only takes up a few weeks of your first year. I really enjoyed it, especially as the rest of the course is so theoretical and it really does give you a great/rare oppurtunity to see what trading is really like. In terms of portfolio management, your given a assignment to do in the 2nd term which introduces you to the basics of risk and return and makes you apply them to stocks from the FTSE 100.

    About 50 are on the course. I would say its 50/50 in terms of english students relative to international students.

    Im in Windsor, which I absolutley love. The hall may not be the most attractive and the food at times is questionable(catered), but in terms of location/social life its an absolute winner. Mackinder looks really impressive and again is right on campus, but I know it is expensive in comparison to other halls. I would really recommend being on campus as it gives you easy access to everything. I can wake up at 8:45 and get to 9:00 lectures no problem!

    Internships are an interesting one. What I would really recommend looking into which I didnt know about til it was too late is spring weeks that most of the big banks offer in London (applications close at the end of each year). Having said that, I am just about to send of an application to JP Morgan in Bournemouth for the Spring 2 day programme they offer (as I live really close to Bouremouth its ideal anyway). In terms of summer internships, have not even tried looking as its something most people (including myself) dont worry about until the second year. Even though of course there is no harm in trying.

    As im from Winchester, which has only 1 proper nightclub, Reading nightlife is really really good. Normally go out 3 times a week and never get bored. If your into commercial/hip-hop/dubstep then there is alot on offer, while i guess genres such as rock/indie are less well catered for.

    If you want me to expand on any of this or have anymore questions let me know. I remember how much I wanted to talk to someone doing the course when I was applying last year, so have no worries
    I'm looking for catered and en-suite room, which hall is providing this service?
    By the way,whats the PROs and CONs of this course/reading/icma/henley business school???do you mind listing it down? based on your opinion : ) and is it easy to travel to other parts of UK easily?? Other than that, how many hours of lecture are they giving a week?and do we need to go uni everyday?
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    (Original post by Guardian92)
    I'm looking for catered and en-suite room, which hall is providing this service?
    By the way,whats the PROs and CONs of this course/reading/icma/henley business school???do you mind listing it down? based on your opinion : ) and is it easy to travel to other parts of UK easily?? Other than that, how many hours of lecture are they giving a week?and do we need to go uni everyday?
    hey

    in all honesty, regarding accomadation, i dont really know any hall that provides both ensuite and catered facilites. Possibly Wantage. Heres a list of halls and what they provide: http://www.reading.ac.uk/life/accomm...stofHalls.aspx

    PROS: The ICMA centre is a first class facility; the building is stunning, the technology available is one in a kind in this country (to my knowledge) and the teaching is excellent aswell (most lecturers have high amounts of experience in the city). Also, im already exploiting the careers service, which is again is incredibly useful and easy to access. In terms of employment, I think 92% of ICMA graduates get a job in the first 6 months of graduation, a statistic competing with the top courses in oxbridge. It also highlights how many get the jobs they want.

    I am really enjoying the course, its very different to any other in the country from what i can gather. I mean, we had a lecture on futures contracts the other day, i doubt many first years are already learining about those! And the trading, well, I know for a fact that is highly unique.

    Reading uni itself is great. The campus is really nice and relaxed. Sports facilites are pretty good and the campus is constanty being improved. Its about a 20 minute walk into town, which has loadsss of shops and very good nightlife, both of which make it good for student employment and enjoying yourself.

    Cons: In terms of the ICMA centre, i honestly cant find any disadvantages in the facilites, teaching or careers service. However, what i suppose I could say is dont think this course is a guarentee in terms of getting a front office job in a top investment bank! a) I dont think its really that well known in the city and theres still aot of discrimination over which university graduates are employed b)obviously demand for front office roles are not that high atm, which just makes it even more difficult. But I must I add, I know there are people who make it!!!!

    Transport links are excellent, especially by train. London is 25 mins away, there is a direct train to manchester and you can access the south (where i live) and the west very easily.

    At the moment, I have about 11 hours of lectures a week, but this fluctuates as I only have some classes every 2 weeks.

    And yerr I have lectures everyday, but weekends get boring sometimes so I just go home

    Hope that helps
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    Okay. thank you so much! xD
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    Anyone attending the open day on saturday?
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    Yes im going tomorrow
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    (Original post by teshnit)
    Yes im going tomorrow
    What did you think?

    I thought it was excellent. Really enjoyed the whole place and the day. Very informative.

    A little concerned about the graduate and internship prospects. When i spoke to the careers advisor guy, from what i gathered, Reading didnt have the best repuation within banking and graduates really had to struggle to get where they wanted.

    Hopefully i can speak to someone at Birmingham university and see what they say. I fear at that distance from London, they may really struggle to get the banks in for career fairs but i feel they are a more respected university in general.

    Either way, id be very happy studying at either, but hats off to Reading for providing and excellent open day.
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    Hey guys,i have one question,after we graduate. we tell others we graduate from ICMA/HENLEY business school/reading???O_O?
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    What did you think?

    I thought it was excellent. Really enjoyed the whole place and the day. Very informative.

    A little concerned about the graduate and internship prospects. When i spoke to the careers advisor guy, from what i gathered, Reading didnt have the best repuation within banking and graduates really had to struggle to get where they wanted.

    Hopefully i can speak to someone at Birmingham university and see what they say. I fear at that distance from London, they may really struggle to get the banks in for career fairs but i feel they are a more respected university in general.

    Either way, id be very happy studying at either, but hats off to Reading for providing and excellent open day.

    Yeh was a good open day, very nice buffet hahah I'm happy I made it my firm, the course looks awesome, already I do agree the uni isnt respected as much as the likes of birmingham/top10 but i figured, if i can enjoy a course more at a readin thats more worthwhile, no point being stupidly bored for most of 3 years with the course.
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    hello everyone, im an overseas student in my senior year at a NEASC accredited university and im studying Business Admin with a track in Banking and Finance, I applied to 3 masters programs at reading : islamic finance and investment banking; corporate finance; capital markets regulation, and compliance. what do you think are the chances of me getting accepted?
    my qualifications are : 3.6 GPA
    internship at HSBC
    several extra curricular activities
    no work experience

    i'd appreciate your replies, thanks
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    This is an undergrad course topic mate, you would be probably better making a new topic or emailing the uni
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    LOL right right, i guess im gonna open a new topic, thanks!
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    (Original post by gpugh1)
    hey

    in all honesty, regarding accomadation, i dont really know any hall that provides both ensuite and catered facilites. Possibly Wantage. Heres a list of halls and what they provide: http://www.reading.ac.uk/life/accomm...stofHalls.aspx

    PROS: The ICMA centre is a first class facility; the building is stunning, the technology available is one in a kind in this country (to my knowledge) and the teaching is excellent aswell (most lecturers have high amounts of experience in the city). Also, im already exploiting the careers service, which is again is incredibly useful and easy to access. In terms of employment, I think 92% of ICMA graduates get a job in the first 6 months of graduation, a statistic competing with the top courses in oxbridge. It also highlights how many get the jobs they want.

    I am really enjoying the course, its very different to any other in the country from what i can gather. I mean, we had a lecture on futures contracts the other day, i doubt many first years are already learining about those! And the trading, well, I know for a fact that is highly unique.

    Reading uni itself is great. The campus is really nice and relaxed. Sports facilites are pretty good and the campus is constanty being improved. Its about a 20 minute walk into town, which has loadsss of shops and very good nightlife, both of which make it good for student employment and enjoying yourself.

    Cons: In terms of the ICMA centre, i honestly cant find any disadvantages in the facilites, teaching or careers service. However, what i suppose I could say is dont think this course is a guarentee in terms of getting a front office job in a top investment bank! a) I dont think its really that well known in the city and theres still aot of discrimination over which university graduates are employed b)obviously demand for front office roles are not that high atm, which just makes it even more difficult. But I must I add, I know there are people who make it!!!!

    Transport links are excellent, especially by train. London is 25 mins away, there is a direct train to manchester and you can access the south (where i live) and the west very easily.

    At the moment, I have about 11 hours of lectures a week, but this fluctuates as I only have some classes every 2 weeks.

    And yerr I have lectures everyday, but weekends get boring sometimes so I just go home

    Hope that helps
    Do you know if it would be possible to do a masters in finance and economics at say LSE warwick etc. after finishing this bsc... is it not seen as a bit specialised?
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    I am very interested in this course but don't necessarily want to become an investment banker, does that matter or is the focus of the degree too narrow?
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    (Original post by Chazter)
    I am very interested in this course but don't necessarily want to become an investment banker, does that matter or is the focus of the degree too narrow?
    Hey there, I just finished my first year and I would be happy to help
    Well, it does not mean that you should become an investment banker - it is often mistaken by the name of the course that when you study it, than it is necessary to work in a bank - there's no such thing. You can work in many jobs within finance industry, even if they are not that closely related - some examples I can think of are something to do with accounting, consultancy, research, risk management, etc. and not only - you can work at a financial division of some non-finance related company as well.
    Just think about it as a good Finance degree - you can research Google for a different roles available with that type of knowledge, even though for many banks it's not compulsory have a Finance/Economics degree, but it can give you advantage in terms of preparation for interviews, etc. And Reading is often underestimated (maybe because it's not a London uni, not sure exactly), but I can tell you from my experience that the facilities are great, and the teaching quality is good.
    If you want to ask anything else, I would be happy to answer, good luck!
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    Whos currently at Reading?

    Is there a lot of student housing around the campus? (not halls) and what sort of price would you expect to pay? (double bed room, in a house finished to a reasonable standard)
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    Hi there!
    My name is Amy and I'm a second year speech and language therapy student at Reading.
    There is a lot of student housing around Reading, a lot of it only around a 10 - 15 minute walk from campus. I currently live in a four bed house in an area that is half student housing and have residential which is a nice mix. Rent does tend to vary but expect to pay around £360 a month, for a twelve month let, although some houses that are further away from campus may be a little cheaper. In terms of bills, we put £40 in a joint account each month which covers gas, electric, water, internet and TV licence with a little left over.
    There are various lettings agencies in Reading but we have our own lettings agency based on campus
    http://www.rusulettings.com/ who should be able to point you in the right direction.
    There are plenty of houses to choose from and vary from 2 to around 10 bedrooms!
    Good luck with your search
 
 
 
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