Having the world-class credibility of the INSEAD brand behind my name no doubt contributed to my recent career move
James Oberholzer

James Oberholzer

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Nationality: British Year Graduated: 2019 Current Role: Senior Associate at Siemens

Why did you choose the INSEAD EMFin amongst all other available Master programmes worldwide?

I knew that I wanted to remain in finance for the foreseeable future and was looking for an opportunity to deepen my knowledge and refine my skill base. A Masters in Finance was an obvious choice for me over an MBA. I also had several respected colleagues at the time who had completed the course through INSEAD and it came highly recommended.

Did the programme meet or exceed your expectations?

I would say that it certainly offered things that I had not expected. I was not too familiar with the very practical and real-world style of teaching and yet thoroughly enjoyed that. The lecturers are amazing and encourage you to explore fields and concepts beyond the course material that certainly enhances the learning experience. In the segment on softer skills I certainly learned a lot about myself, others and working in teams that has without question enhanced my career. 

How did the EMFin help you in your career?

It's given me the confidence that I have a solid grasp on most topics in finance, and I have seen these implemented in a practical sense to some extent. It has also positively enhanced the way I interact in the workplace. Having the world-class credibility of the INSEAD brand behind my name no doubt contributed to my recent career move. It has definitely opened up doors and networks on a global scale. 

Do share with us your thoughts on the quality of the professors.

Exceptional. I have the utmost respect for all of them. 

What were your classmates like?

My class was a great mix of people from a wide range of fields and nationalities. It was a great opportunity to to meet some interesting people and make some new friends. 

Can you share more about the Leadership Capstone – how did it benefit you? 

The Leadership Capstone taught me a lot about myself, others and working in teams that has without question enhanced my career. Particularly with respect to communication, I feel I am now more aware of what constitutes effective and deliberate communication in a wide range of settings.  

Can you share your multi-campus experience?

Having exposure to both campuses offers the opportunity for significantly different experiences outside of the classroom. 

What advice will you give to potential EMFin participants?

If you are looking for a programme that will both broaden and deepen your financial knowledge base, equipping you for a dynamic career in the world of finance while at the same time providing an opportunity to make new friends and enhance your professional networks, then this is the course for you.