How MSc FinTech is Bringing Olufemi closer to his dream job

Three students taking a picture with the Dean of Salford Business School

Olufemi from Nigeria decided to pivot from his background in computer science to the emerging field of FinTech. He came to Salford to study MSc FinTech and develop his skills. Discover his experiences on the course and why he’s found a new home in Salford.

Journey to Salford

“I have always been a creative person with the ability to think outside the box. After completing a bachelor’s in computer science, I decided that I wanted to use these skills in a slightly different way to the traditional route and as a result, I decided to study a master’s in FinTech.

I spent some time researching FinTech courses around the UK and I was really impressed with the University of Salford’s course content and their industry connections. Additionally, the University is located very close to Manchester so I knew there would be lots of job opportunities for me. Once I had applied, I was really impressed by the Admissions Team because they were professional and communicated with me well. All of these factors made me choose Salford for my master’s study.”

MSc FinTech

“My course is taught through a combination of lectures, presentations and group projects. My tutors are thorough and the best thing about them is their engaging teaching style. My lecturers’ drive and passion to impart their knowledge have made me more informed than I ever thought I would be.

One of my most memorable academic experiences was the group assessment for the FinTech Fundamentals module. It was an exciting and challenging opportunity to showcase my skills and collaborate with my peers. This experience not only tested my knowledge but also taught me the importance of teamwork, critical thinking and effective communication. I was really proud to see our hard work pay off when we performed well in the assessment.

My dream is to become a financial analyst. Before coming here, I was relatively comfortable in my technology knowledge, but I didn’t have a deep understanding of the finance side. Now, I have a thorough grip on financial markets, data visualisations and emerging technologies which will help me excel in my future endeavours. When I complete this course, I know I will be equipped with a diverse skillset ready to navigate the fast-changing world and contribute to the success of the next wave of innovation.”

Outside of the classroom

“My time at Salford has been a transformative journey filled with learning, growth and amazing experiences. Beginning at Welcome Week, I have grown from a computer science enthusiast to a finance aficionado. I have gained valuable skills in my field and made lifelong friendships on my course and through the societies I have joined including the Nigerian Students’ Society and the Salford British Computing Society.

The University of Salford goes above and beyond to make international students feel welcomed and supported throughout. From pre-arrival guidance and assistance with visa conditions to dedicated advisors and international student social events. There is also a programme called Learn English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) which really helped me with my academic English skills.

Living in Salford has been fantastic. Before moving to the UK, I thought I would feel a little out of place but there is such a sense of belonging and inclusivity here. I have met people from all walks of life and experienced so many different cultures and perspectives.

One of my favourite memories from my time at Salford was ice skating with my friends at the University’s Winter Wonderland. It was so much fun gliding on the ice and attempting not to fall. We laughed, took pictures, cheered each other on and made some unforgettable memories.”

The Next Steps

“During my remaining time at Salford, I want to focus on making the most out of my studies, attending career fairs to expand my network and meet potential employers and participate in more extracurricular activities.

My ultimate aim is to be a highly successful financial analyst and be in an angel network. I intend to take my CFA exam after completing my master’s before I look for a graduate programme in investment banking.”