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Student views: Tamas Szauer

How did you become interested in Financial Economics?

I have always been good with numbers. When I saw the share prices on the evening news at about age 7, I immediately knew that I wanted to do something related to finance and economics. I was so enthusiastic that I bought my first share when I was 9 years old. I had thousands of questions in my head about the world and I realised that economics would be the tool to answer them. 

Why did you choose City?

I came to an open day and I saw the enthusiasm and the knowledge of the academic staff. I was sure that my education would be in good hands. 

Being in London also played a huge role in my decision. It is the financial centre of the world. This is the place to be if you want first-hand experience of the world of finance. It is also a perfect place to have fun; parties, art galleries, great events, amazing food markets and restaurants - you can find literally everything in this place. It is the coolest, most vibrant city in the world!

Do you have any advice for someone starting at City?

Get involved in everything. Your experience is the one thing that will make you stand out. There are amazing opportunities at the University so don't be a passive student.

Are there any lecturers who particularly inspired you?

There are two lecturers who have had a huge influence on my studies: Professor Michael Ben-Gad and Dr Andy Denis. Their in-depth knowledge about the modules is astonishing and their teaching style has really helped me to understand a few difficult topics. These lecturers are so dedicated that they answer emails even on a Saturday night!

What has been your favourite module so far?

It is really hard to pick just one module. I would choose Intermediate Macroeconomics II and the Money & Banking modules. In Macroeconomics we covered many aspects and real-life policy applications. In Money & Banking I learnt a lot about the country in which I am living and its monetary policy. The best thing about these modules is that they were taken by two people who were actually trying to teach me something rather than just lecturing me.

How do you think City will help you with getting a job? 

I have met great professors, made good friends and developed my professional network. I really think that my degree will have value in every corner of the world. The greatest help from City was that I met with people from every corner of the world. Now it is much easier for me to work together with people from different cultures.