Anastasia Butskova

Anastasia ButskovaWhy did you choose LSE?

My Bachelor programme in Economics and Finance was run with academic assistance from LSE and I really appreciated the quality of the materials provided by LSE and the guest lecturers and professors. Moreover LSE has an excellent reputation and this is why it was my first choice.

What have you enjoyed most about the programme?

I have really enjoyed communicating with people from different backgrounds who have studied different subjects. Some of us are economists, others are mathematicians or physicists. All the people are highly intelligent, motivated and really fascinated by what they are doing. They have lots of different hobbies and interests. The programme itself has been challenging and I have really enjoyed some of my particular subjects.

How have you found living in London?

I have enjoyed the fact that London is so multicultural and diverse. I have attended some of the shows dedicated to national festivals like Chinese New Year, and the celebration of a Russian festival, both in Trafalgar square. I really like the way that people from different cultures with different ways of thinking and different ways of life live together in a friendly way and support each other.

How did you find the classes?

My class group is very diverse, and I really like how helpful people are. We study together and we united to form different study groups. Everyone is very nice and I am sure I will stay in touch with them after the programme.

How did you find the learning environment at LSE?

I think most LSE students are very motivated and spend much time studying hard, not only to pass their exams but also to understand subjects deeply. The LSE library is really brilliant, it has a special, very intellectual atmosphere! Students help each other, and while LSE puts a lot of emphasis on self study, our professors are always willing to help us, which is good.

Do you have any plans for after the programme?

I will be working for Deutsche Bank.

How have you benefitted from the LSE careers’ support?

I have benefitted very much. The CV sessions have been really helpful, going through the grammar and structure of my CV. I also think the career service helped me form a strategy for job searching and the mock interviews were helpful.

Did you have much exposure to the city and real world finance?

I have attended many presentations provided by the careers service. It was really helpful to listen to representatives from the different companies. At the beginning of the programme we also had an introduction to the City and visited London Metal Exchange and we talked to a trader; it was very insightful and interesting.

What would be your advice to prospective students?

Take as much from the LSE as possible, there are so many opportunities, not just academic. There are lots of public lectures. I was surprised when I saw the author of a book I read two years ago was speaking at the LSE! I also really appreciated the public lectures held by the Russian Society, with Russian political leaders and entrepreneurs.

What have you gained from the programme?

The programme made me much more prepared to work in the financial sector. It was a real challenge for me and broadened my knowledge significantly. I also met lots of nice people.

Have you had any practitioner seminars?

Yes, we had a lecture at the beginning of the programme on Private Equity firms. It was really insightful listening to the chief executives of private equity companies as for me it was my first introduction to this industry.

What have been your thoughts on the faculty you’ve encountered?

The faculty of our programme is exceptionally good and the professors are excellent – they have brilliant articles. I am also proud to say that many are the leading researchers at the FMG and we are able to ask them any questions. All questions are welcome and never left unanswered. Writing our dissertations is yet another opportunity to meet and ask questions of our professors.

Why did you choose Finance & Economics?

It provides me with a very unique combination of subjects, particularly the compulsory ones. It’s not only practical but also allows us to understand things deeply which is very important for working in the financial sphere. It is highly quantitative and it’s also very challenging in a fascinating way. Some subjects such as financial economics are not only fascinating but also force students to study hard, not just to do well in the exams but also to understand the subject really well.