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Reply 100
Hi yall.

I got an offer for the MFE and I'm sure taking it. I think it'll be a great experience to come back to school!! from what i read here it seems it wont be so much fun though:frown: I only hope we'll be able to find a little time for partying :wink:

My college admision came in early last month from Templeton. Templeton is far like #!#, I only hope I wont have to go there too often...

What about accomodation in Oxford? any tips?

Yes, Templeton is far away, but I believe it's no farther from the Business School than any other college. Moreover, Templeton is the sister college of the Business School.

And whoever said the MFE is not fun? Michaelmas Term (1st)--particularly 0th week--is a blast. And it looks as though Trinity Term (3rd)will be as well. It is just Hilary Term (2nd) that is likely to give you a massive headache. However, in light of the feedback we have given, I suspect next year's MFEs will experience a more balanced year than we have so far.
Hi all,

I have just received the interview intimation for the MFE programme. I will be interviewing (telephonic) with Prof.Tarun Ramadorai...has anyone been interviewed by him earlier? Any insights on what to expect? How long does a telephonic interview normally last?

Thanks a lot,

Reply 102
Heather has passed on my file to St Cross College just yesterday. Really hope I get my college decision soon! I know college allocation is a really tedious process, but oh I am so excited!

See you guys in October at Said!
Reply 103
Hey alfred, I got into Templeton!:smile:
Which accommodation are you gonna stay in?
Did you apply to the on campus one? Do you have any idea how much rewley abbey court costs?
My exams are coming stressing, talk to you guys soon,

Hi all,

Congrats to all the new admits!

I heard from Heather on Wednesday and I made it to the MFE too!!! :biggrin: I am yet to receive the official letter, so it would be nice if the earlier admits could clarify a few points.

1) How much is the acceptance deposit and what is the time given to pay it up?

2) I have applied only to Templeton College. I understand that the application will be forwarded to the college after the deposit is paid. In case of non-availability, where else could I apply? Any suggestions?

Reply 105
Can somebody from MFE previous batch comment on the age profile of the class? Is an older applicant with almost 8 years of industry experience, in a disvantaged situation for the MFE program, given that he/she is on the higher side of the age profile? I have read on this forum that MIF at LBS or an MBA is better suited for candiadtes with previous experience who are looking to switch to financial services.

Also, for the MFE graduates who have taken up jobs with Investment Banks in London, are they joining as Associates or Analysts at the Investment Banks?
Reply 106
Hi All, is the sentiment about the MFE still the same 2 years on?

I'm applying for the 2009 intake
Hi guys,

Just got an offer for the 09 intake. I'm wondering whether the program is still having a very high workload and whether this will compromise the time for job hunting. Thanks a lot for your sharing!

does anyone know some loan scheme in UK that would allow to finance course fee of Oxford MFE?
Reply 109
Hi. I got an interview call for the oxford MFE and also got into LSE for the MSc in Fin & Eco. I read some of the discussions regarding the MFE at said but they were really confusing and I could not come to a conclusion.

Can anyone please tell me which one is better?

Also can anyone share their interview experience for the MFE? as in what sort of questions were asked.. Do they ask questions based on the info you provided in the sop?

I assume your goal would be to get a job offer in the city, yes? If so, prior internship is the single biggest factor in breaking into the finance industry.

If you have prior internships in the field you're thinking of going into, then go with the Oxford brand name.

If you don't have prior internships, I would say go with LSE. It's the uni that supplies the highest number of interns to the city, and looking at the current job market, I reckon an internship is the best you're gonna get.

I'm currently at LSE and have experienced first-hand how recruitment is in a recession market.
Reply 111
Thanks for the advice alphaclear. ya my aim is to work in the city...

Since your at LSE could you plz tell me how is the job scenario for international students like Indians etc..with no prior work-ex or internship. Is it really hard for international students to get jobs, considering now we have got the greece debt crisis also..

And are you also pursuing MSc in Finance and Economics??
Reply 112
Can anybody plz help with the above query? as in is it difficult for international students to find a job even after lse or oxford?
You will always be able to find a job after oxford or LSE. The timing or location is another matter altogether.

In a jittery market, like what the UK is in right now, banks will go for the sure thing. Bankers are risk-averse; they are not traders. This means they will hire that german guy who has an internship under his belt and speaks four languages. The wildcard gets hired only in an up market.

There are exceptions to the rule however, and you do stand a good chance of getting hired...

1) If you are brilliant. (Especially applicable if you're a god trader and are good at poker.)
2) If you are a quant and are applying to quant-like roles.
3) If the position you are applying for has a specific need for your skillset that most other applicants can't provide.
4) If your family knows the MD.

That being said, I would say come and earn your education. You stand a better chance of getting hired with a name like oxford or LSE on your CV. Just be smart about who and where you send your job applications out to. If I were you I would split my applications between UK internships and India fulltime. Specifically, what do you want to do in finance?

P.S. I am at LSE doing the MSc Accounting and Finance. So I am no quant-jock ;-)
Reply 114
Well with no prior work-ex I would have to start out as an analyst preferably in the IB division. I dont know about other options. I guess analyst would be the only option after a MSc, right? or would I have other options? ... I guess Associate would require a MBA and a quant analyst would require a phd...

Also suppose I go for an interview.. I would at best know that I want to start out as an analyst in the IB division.. but I cant be more specefic like an analyst in fixed income, risk analyst or commodities or structuring?? Or would they want me to be so specific..??? Please help.
Yes, you would be applying for analyst positions. I was asking specifically what area you wanted to work in.

In the strictest form of the word, IBD refers mainly to M&A. In some firms they include ECM and DCM under this umbrella term as well. Things like fixed income and commodities are considered sales & trading. Structuring would come under risk management.

These are very different functions and the skills required of the roles differ and in some cases are polar opposites (e.g. IBD vs Trading). I would suggest you research more on which area suits you because you have to be specific about which area you want to go into. This is required of you from the start in the application form.

From what I have seen, the most successful applicants are those that know exactly what they want, and tailor their entire application to match the job requirements. And by application I don't only mean CVs, cover letters, and competency essays. I would also include networking as part of the application.
Reply 116
Thanks for the insightful advice ... ya I have started researching about various positions..

Also, I know this might be a stupid question but do you have any idea as to which positions are the most sought after by finance and economics grads ..among sales, trading, structuring, operations, research, investment banking etc..
Finance and Econs people tend to be pretty quant. Not as quant as PhDs but quant enough. A position on an investment bank's trading desk would make good use of a quant's talent. That being said, there are MFE students from LSE that want to do IBD. So it really depends.

I suggest researching more on IBD and Trading, as these 2 are the most sought after positions regardless of degree type or field. And like I mentioned earlier, these 2 are polar opposites in terms of the key skills requirements. If you are suited for one, you are more than likely not suited for the other.
Reply 118
Thanks once again
No probs. I just wished there had been someone who told me all these things I needed to know and not the typical HR sugar coating.