Anna Sulander studied International Political Economy at the LSE Summer School in 2015 before going on to study MSc Development Management at the LSE later that year. Since 2016, she has worked in analytics at Bloomberg LP.
“I was accepted onto the Master’s programme before I attended Summer School. After getting the offer to do a Master’s, I decided to apply for the Summer School: I thought it would be great preparation for the Master’s degree.
Coming to Summer School showed me I could build a career in London. I developed an understanding that there are firms with various roles and jobs that I could apply for. Before doing a Master’s, I didn’t really consider which career I wanted. Career planning was never a priority in Finland – universities are more research-based there, but here you have employers coming in to do talks and workshops. The Summer School meant that I became more career-minded, and I really started thinking about my career. The people I was surrounded by were also very career-driven and encouraged me to apply for jobs while I was still studying for my Master’s.”
After completing her Master’s, Anna stayed in London to pursue a career in analytics. She worked as Project Consultant at Carnegie Europe, where she was working on fulfilling one of the key decisions that NATO leaders took during the Wales Summit in September 2014 – the adoption of the Defence Investment Pledge in which NATO member states reaffirmed their intention to bring national defence spending up to 2 % of GDP within the next ten years.
“In Finland, where I did my undergrad, we had massive lectures of around 300 students and people didn’t really ask any questions, and if you did ask a question it had to be relevant and concise. I’d only ever had seminars during my exchange year in Sweden, but other than that, class discussions were relatively new to me. It was really interesting, because I came from a background where this wasn’t widely practised. Initially, I was overwhelmed by my course mates’ ability to develop and defend their arguments in class, as I was more used to listening. I envied their quick responses and smart thinking. Later, I learned to appreciate my own slower and thoughtful approach – we are all different and I don’t think there’s a need to change the learning style that comes naturally to me."
After working at Carnegie Europe, Anna moved to Bloomberg LP to work in Financial Products Analytics. She now has a position in Portfolio Analytics.