“The University of Birmingham provides a great networking opportunity, one where you can make your career aspirations come true by being exposed to those in the industries of interest.”
Shiv Pau graduated with a BSc in Business Management from the University of Birmingham in 2011.
After graduating Shiv joined the Investment Banking graduate scheme at Standard Chartered Bank as an Analyst and is now working in Corporate Finance as an Associate, based in London. Shiv is involved with assisting in the origination and execution of structured lending products in East Africa with a primary focus on asset-backed and secured structured trade finance transactions – predominantly within the top-tier oil and gas, mining and energy industries.
After graduating in July 2011, I joined the Standard Chartered Bank graduate programme in London. The programme involved a rotational scheme across the Wholesale Bank where I rotated in Financial Market Sales, Capital Markets, Risk and Origination & Client Coverage (which I did abroad in Tanzania for 4 months). With the programme giving you a “tour” of the whole bank, you get to see how different parts of the organisation work and how, at the end of the day, it is all linked. In addition to the rotational programme, we were sent abroad to Malaysia, China and Singapore for academic and professional training.
Why Birmingham Business School?
I am from London and so wanted to leave and go to another major city and when it came to the University of Birmingham it offered everything I was looking for. It’s an outstanding University, highly regarded in the corporate world and one which provides great prospects for students and alumni.
The University of Birmingham provides a great networking opportunity, one where you can make your career aspirations come true by being exposed to those in the industries of interest. The Business School regularly held networking events with senior executives at the likes of Deutsche Bank, PwC, Goldman Sachs, to name a few. I really got involved at Birmingham, taking part in sport, being an Entertainments Officer and taking the opportunity to mentor my peers.
"Birmingham is a great city, the University of Birmingham is a great University, so use this to your advantage and make the most of it."
Tips and advice
My advice to students studying my degree programme is modules are key! Choose modules wisely and those that will take you on the right career path. Business Management is a degree that really gives you an oversight of business – from banking to marketing to strategic management. It is dependent on the individual to steer the way their career path goes based on what they choose at University.
For example, knowing I wanted to go into Investment Banking, I chose modules related to banking and finance. When interviewing, it was these modules that I placed heavy emphasis on. I think there is a strong balance between working and playing hard. Birmingham is a great city, the University of Birmingham is a great University, so use this to your advantage and make the most of it.
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BSc Business Management
Department of Management