Marco Riva

Country: Italy
Sector: Investment/Portfolio management
Job title: Trading and Business Analyst
Subject of study: Financial Analysis and Fund Management
Year of graduation: 2021
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Britannia Global Markets

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I have been working in London since I left Exeter. Precisely, I found a job while I was concluding my Master’s dissertation.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

My passion for finance and investments was transmitted to me by my father, who started investing in the stock markets at a young age. My desire to work in this industry increased exponentially when I realised that client care and client satisfaction are my priorities. Of course, in all jobs, you are serving the client, but in finance it’s different. You are helping the client with his money. Money is a stressful situation. Some people don’t know what to do with it. Clients are trusting us with their hard-earned savings. I realized that my satisfaction in working in financial services comes from being able to help people with such a sensitive subject as money.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Exeter Student Investment Fund

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I appreciated the strong connection the university has with professionals in industry and institutions such as the CFA Institute.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

My experience at Exter was very special because COVID happened and I think I did not fully appreciate and experience it. Nevertheless, the university always tried to make up for the various inconveniences that the COVID situation created.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Reputation and networking.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Financial Analysis, Communication, Team Work, Analytical Thinking.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

There are many opportunities in the financial sector and many specific paths. The most important thing is to understand which path is the most suitable for you. Make sure you ask lots of questions and use the network that the university provides to find out what options a career in finance has to offer.


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