Cass graduate launches finance career with prestigious first job
More than 2,000 students from City University London will don caps and gowns this week to collect their degree certificates during the first graduation ceremonies of 2014.
Leon Bezverkhni is one of those who will be celebrating at Guildhall having already got a foot on the career ladder. The Cass Business School student secured a highly coveted place on the graduate analyst program with Deutsche Bank Switzerland. Originally from France, Leon came to Cass to study for the MSc Financial Mathematics.
"I chose Cass because of its distinguished reputation. Finance is an industry as risky as it is crucial. I wanted to give myself the best chance to find my dream job in the industry. With its close links and proximity to the City, Cass seemed like the obvious choice".
Producing graduates who are highly employable is a central focus of City University London. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate-level jobs and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries. Leon will join Deutsche Bank Switzerland's prestigious Asset and Wealth Management Division:
"I remember our induction day; we were all quite anxious and unsure about our futures given the financial turmoil at that time. However, more than a year later, most of us have achieved our goals and secured the jobs we wanted. Cass graduates are working and interning at Citibank, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, KPMG and Russell Investments, to name but a few".
Leon has been commended for his dedication and focus in his roles on the University Staff Student Committee and with the Quantitative Finance Society. He says his lecturers and course directors, as well as the careers office team, played a big part in his success.
"The memories of my two-hour long meetings with Professor Ballotta and Professor Cerny spent debating about financial and mathematical concepts are still very vivid in my head. While on the course, we have also made new friends from diverse countries and cultures. In a world of increased competition for jobs, these networks and business friendships will play an important role in the development of our future careers."
Dr Dirk Nitzsche, Senior Lecturer in Finance at Cass added: "Leon's personality together with his academic achievement will help him to build a successful career in the financial service sector."
City University London has over 17,000 students of whom about a quarter are from outside the EU and over a third are postgraduates. In 2013 City awarded more than 5,000 degrees. These graduates will join more than 130,000 alumni from City University London, which is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate-level jobs (The Good University Guide 2014) and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries (Lloyds Bank). City's notable alumni include Mahatma Gandhi, Tony Blair, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of EasyJet), Sir Dick Olver (Chairman of BAE Systems) and journalist Dermot Murnaghan.