‘Studying in the UK prepared me for a career in global finance’

Rishabh stands in the middle smiling with a winter jacket, sunglasses and a hat on. In the background we can see a reflective body of water and the evening sun above his head. We can see trees without leaves covered in snow.

Rishabh at Pollock Country Park - Glasgow's largest park and the only Country Park within the city.

Rishabh, from India, studied a master’s in Economics, Banking and Finance at the University of Glasgow in 2020-21. He tells us about his experience of living and studying in the UK and how his degree helped him get a job in financial services in Canary Wharf in London.

Why did you decide to study in the UK?

It was hard to resist choosing the UK as a place to study. The architectural beauty of the university campuses and the career opportunities in the UK attracted me the most. Receiving the Adam Smith Award for Excellence also helped me fund my studies.

The UK is also a fantastic place to travel. Since I arrived, I’ve seen a lot, from the Highlands and Islands in Scotland to the Cotswolds and the Pennines in England and Cardiff and Swansea in Wales.

Rishabh stands in a black top with his arms crossed looking happy. Behind him is the iconic Old Man of Storr rock formation on the Isle of Skye.

Rishabh on a hike at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

What have you enjoyed most about living in the UK?

I loved living in Glasgow as there is so much to see and do. There is old and even medieval Gothic architecture all over the city and there are almost 90 parks within the city which I often visited. I enjoy how warm and welcoming people are in Scotland. I have found it easy to make new friends in the UK.

A group of friends stand together smiling in winter clothes. Rishabh is at the back making a peace sign. There is a building in the background which is lit in urple, blue, pink and yello and it looks festive.

Rishabh's 'Christmas 2020 bubble' pre-lockdown at St. George's Square in Glasgow.

How did you find the experience of moving away from home?

Choosing to study in the UK has been the best decision that I’ve ever made. Moving to a new country and living independently has been really important in making me more responsible and accountable to myself. I learned how better to manage my money and time and I’ve improved my prioritisation and time management. It has definitely had an impact on how I look at the world.

What is one of your favourite things about Glasgow?

Like many other students at the University of Glasgow, one of my favourite spots is the cloisters. They are very Gothic, very ‘Harry Potter-y’ and very beautiful. That said, if I were to take a visitor to see something in Glasgow it would be the top floor of the university library. From the twelfth floor, the view of the rest of the campus and the city of Glasgow is absolutely breathtaking. Otherwise, I’d take them to a local deli and get them to try a pistachio latte and watch the taste and quality of the coffee blow their mind.

The University of Glasgow reflected in a large puddle on a rainy day.

What are you up to now?

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in September 2021, I have spent time travelling to meet my friends and family who live across the UK. While I applied for graduate jobs I was able to work in a lovely cafe in Ashton Lane in Glasgow. Having a degree from the University of Glasgow made me a really attractive candidate for firms across the globe. I now work for a financial services firm - Delta Capita - based in Canary Wharf in London.

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