Yimo Yang

Senior Associate, China Securities Co
MSc Management Science, 2012

Has your career path developed as you planned?           

Before entering LSE, I wanted to be a management consultant. However, after graduation, I planned to be involved in the Finance industry rather than consulting because at that time many M&A’s of management consulting firms happened in the market signifying a slowdown / lack growth of consulting industry. In contrast, Finance industry in China offers a lot of potential to growth as the government gradually deregulated the market.

Tell us about your current job   

I am a senior associate at investment banking department. We do A-share IPOs,M&A’s and some other equity financing products. We have to be very familiar with subjects on Accounting/Business law/Finance. I am able to travel lot with work but I work averagely long hours.

Why did you choose this job?   

It offers high prospects and it pays well for young graduates. It offers a better work/life balance than US/Europe investment banks.  My co-workers are from the top Chinese universities so they are very intelligent and also being in China means I can communicate more easily with my team.

What do you like most about your job? Is there anything that you dislike?

Likes:Flexibility in working hours;Very competitive pay; Job perks such as sleeping in the best hotels while on business trips.  

What career plans do you have for the future?                

Short term goals: being a young VP at investment banking department and growing my people networks.

Thinking back, why did you choose your degree subject and why did you choose LSE?  

I chose LSE for its high reputation among consulting firms and financial institutions. My degree in management science offered a practical and logical way of solving problems which is applicable to a career in either consulting or finance.

How has your time at LSE helped you so far in your career?       

Investment bankers recognise LSE and to a certain degree, you are ensured an interview with investment banks if you are a graduate from LSE. I have also attended many LSE skill sessions which gave students insights into future employers before making career choices.

What advice would you give to prospective or current LSE students?    

Go network with students from other departments. Discuss with them on career subjects, you will then have a more clear idea of your own career path. A distinction degree is very helpful in persuading employers that you are a quick learner.