Miles DaviesBy Rachel Harper
Miles manages our newest degree programme – the Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA). With the inaugural class now on campus, he shares a little about welcoming the new students and what he's most looking forward to this year
Miles – you’ve just welcomed your first MFA class – how has it all gone?
The last two weeks have been a blur, but it’s been a fantastic blur. We’ve welcomed students with over 30 nationalities onto campus, and they bring with them diverse backgrounds and a wealth of knowledge. But more than that, they bring energy and enthusiasm that has been clearly evident in their first core classes and orientation events. They are innovative and full of ideas to bring life to the LBS community. I’m very excited for the coming year.
What can the students expect during the course of the year?
MFA students will take 11 core courses and three electives, providing them with a huge breadth and depth of knowledge, and a massive leg-up in the world of financial analysis. They have already visited Bloomberg HQ in London for a training session, and can expect to see more of these courses as the year progresses. Alongside these, they will be guided through the twists and turns of job-hunting by our dedicated Careers team. Not to mention they can get involved in any number of exciting social opportunities on campus and in the city.
Is it very different from our other programmes?
The MFA is LBS’ most quantitative programme, and with some of our foremost faculty at the helm, the students are very keen to make the most of this opportunity. It has the financial focus of the MiF, but sits under the umbrella of Early Careers. Its most distinguishing feature is the wide range of Financial Industry tools that students will have access to across the year, providing a practical application to the theory they study in class.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m excited about a lot of things that are coming up this year, but above all I’m looking forward to taking students abroad on our Global Immersion Field Trips. Giving MFA students the chance to visit companies and universities in far-flung locations is one of the key draws of an Early Career programmes degree, and I feel it will be a highlight for both me and the students.
What does your typical work day look like?
I come into the office and check my emails and schedule for the day, usually followed by a late breakfast (I’ve already had at least two cups of tea though). My day is usually a mix of meetings, student events and planning upcoming sessions. I have my fingers in a lot of pies, which keeps every day interesting. But my favourite moments of the day are times when I have contact with the class – that’s what my job is all about.
What’s your best LBS moment so far?
Going on the MFA Away Day and doing outdoor teambuilding activities has been a particular highlight for me. It rained for most of the day, and two students fell in the lake, but the energy at the end of the day was indescribable. The students came away feeling a lot closer to their study groups and classmates. Plus they broke two records for the venue – they managed to stack 24 crates on top of each other, while hanging from a harness, and also ended the day by dancing to the Macarena (no alcohol involved). I think the MFA class know the meaning of “work hard play hard”.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Make the most of every single opportunity life throws at you. You won’t regret it.
Where is your favourite place on campus?
The front lawn. The view across the grass to Ratcliffe building is the quintessential LBS sight, and there’s nothing quite like it in central London. What could be more inspiring than that?
Tell us something surprising about you…
I have lived on three continents, and before working at LBS I travelled the world for 12 months. When I was 18 I moved to Tokyo and lived there for a year and a half – I speak Japanese and love learning smatterings of other new languages. My other passion is dancing. I take salsa lessons and take any opportunity I can to practise.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I love food, and I love a good party. So for my dream gathering, I would choose Jung Chang (for conversation), Owen Jones (for a political twist), Len Goodman (for critique on the inevitable dancing) and Shakira (to start the dancing off).
Thanks Miles and all the best for the year ahead.
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