I am from UCL, and was looking to take financial modeling classes in the summer of sorts, outside the syllabus and course time. Does anyone have an idea of where I can find such classes, or tutors etc. or should I give up and just try to figure out from Benninga's book?
I know of a lecturer at the University of Westminster, where I did my BSc (Hons) Economics. He's name is Mike Pokorny, he taught me two modules where we had to do a lot of financial modelling (in analysis of economics and business data, and in my final year I did a module called quantitative finance, where i carried out an extensive study on the capital asset pricing model). May be you could try get in touch with the University and in particular, the lecturer i'm talking about. I would definately recommend him coz he's really good, and I learned a lot of him! The beninga book is also quite good, I used it as well. Neways, good luck with your passion for financial modelling.
I am not sure coz I graduated last year and haven't been in touch with him lately. But you could call up the Uni and ask for Mike Pokorny, and once your through to him, ask him what you want to ask.. Good luck!!
It is useful, coz then you can brag about it on your C.V as a skill, plus it gives you a potential selling point at interviews, its likely you may be asked about your skills, and financial modelling is something most banks look for in students, students with the ability of building financial models!!..
did you apply for internships?
btw you realise you will prob have forgotten the stuff you learn by the interviews 6 months later! you're better off getting any form of work experience or internship if you can, even unpaid or shadowing will help you get those interviews!
you should also check out the courses at the LSE summer school, they are extremely good however pretty expensive!
better off with online courses...dealmaven.com