Hi, I will be doing my third year of an Actuarial Science degree at Cass Business School (City University London). In the previous two years, I obtained a fairly good grades (81% in first and second year) but so far I haven't done any internship at all. My school isn't famous at all in my home country, and it's really possible that I will end up working as a low class labour because of my lack of working experience. Therefore, I am thinking of doing a Master of Finance or Econ in the UK. The reason why I consider to continue my studies in UK mainly because of I haven't done much extra-curriculum activities (ECA), and I know that the admission in US do look for ECA, so the lack of ECA may be deleterious for my application. In addition, for me doing a master degree isn't merely for hunting a job, I am also interesting to learning more (yea if not then I think it's quite pointless doing a master), and may even consider doing a PhD (however, my knowledge on finance/econ is quite poor at the moment).
I am going to seek for some research experience in my final year and I hope that it will strengthen my application. On the other hand, my computing skills are relatively weak, I don't know computing language like C/C++, and my VBA isn't good as I haven't used it after my 1st year. Besides, I am an international student and my English is not good.
So, here are 2 questions I would like to ask:
1. Will my profile be too weak for applying for programs like MPhil Finance at JBS/MSc Finance and Econ at LSE?
2. What else can I do to strengthen my application apart from gaining some research experience? A good GRE score? Reading some Econ textbooks (I only did 1 Econ module at Uni)? Doing a strongly relevant dissertation (this may be a bit hard as my degree is in act sci)?
Thank you for reading what I have written. I hope that some valuable advice can be received.
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