Israel Yemi Akinrinsola
Subject of Study: BSc Economics
Year of Graduation: 2010
Why did you apply to Royal Holloway and what attracted you to the course?
After doing online research, visiting Royal Holloway, speaking to students and lecturers I felt Royal Holloway had the right balance of academics and extra- curricular activities. I wanted a university with solid credentials, a good research facility, credible lecturers and a vibrant social community. I was quite impressed with the new library that had recently been built. I was also aware, from a friend, of how good Royal Holloway's football team was (at least at the time) in the university league. I was quite keen to join and have the opportunity to engage in something I enjoyed and make new friends in the process, some of who are now colleagues.
I was attracted to the course as Royal Holloway's ranking in Economics amongst London universities was good. I chose economics because it would give me a good grounding in understanding the issues that affect us all from government policy to corporate behaviour and politics. In comparison to a degree in Accounting & Finance for example, it wouldn't be as narrow but still provide me with the skills to succeed as a professional.
What aspects of the course did you find most helpful and interesting?
I found the financial economics, industrial economics and financial econometrics most helpful and interesting. My dissertation was quite interesting too because I spent many hours talking to my dissertation supervisor and enjoyed getting a deeper understanding of a topic that I would encounter time and time again - at my Masters degree and currently as part of professional qualifications.
Did you do any internships?
I completed an internship at the Office of Fair Trading in my second year. The internship was advertised via email from the careers service. I was able to apply some of the theory I learnt in Microeconomics lectures to the real world and real problems which helped to further develop my understanding going into my final year. Moreover I learnt business etiquette, developed my presentation skills, expressing my opinions and above all I learnt how to be more confident in my abilities.
What are you doing now?
After graduating from Royal Holloway, I decided to pursue further education before starting the full time role that I was fortunate enough to secure shortly after graduating. I undertook a one-year full-time Masters Degree in Investment Management from Cass Business School achieving a Distinction in the degree.
Currently, I am at Ernst & Young LLP on a three-year graduate scheme helping to deliver forward-thinking and business changing solutions to some of the world’s largest financial institutions.