Sophie Xi

Country: China
Sector: Investment/Portfolio management
Job title: Structured Credit Investment
Subject of study: Economics and Finance
Year of graduation: 2015
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Shenkman Capital 

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

Sponsor Finance/Credit Analyst at Citi Private Bank, New York CLO/CDO Investment at Blackstone Credit (fka GSO Capital Partners), New York Structured Credit Investment at Shenkman Capital, New York.

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

Interests and passion in finance and economics, politics.

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

BodySoc, Badminton.

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

Beautiful Campus, Brand new business school buildings, interesting and open minded professors, classmates from all over the world.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The people and unique English culture.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The location, is very different from where I grew up from (Beijing, China).

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

Interpersonal skills, multitasking, can do attitude to take on new challenges, internships at the Business School Building (office on second floor).

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

Set out your goal, and make a clear plan/path to pursue it, make sure you stick with your plan and don’t get distracted to too many things along the way, if you don’t know what you want, it doesn’t hurt to take a gap year to experience life outside of university, picking the right direction is more important that rushing to get where you want to be.

What are your plans for the future?

Build my public image, expand my network in New York, maintain long-term relationships with friends, and impactful co-workers/mentors.


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