Chris Jerome (MBA’18)
Market and liquidity risk manager, Mizuho Bank
Where are you from?
I’m from Bangalore, India.
Where, and in what area, did you do your undergraduate?
I graduated from Christ University, Bangalore, India, with a B.Comm. (Hons.) and I specialized in finance and investment.
Why did you choose to get a MBA?
I chose to get a MBA to develop a more holistic understanding of how companies grow and operate. After my undergrad, my work experience as an analyst exposed me to the financial operations side of an investment bank; however, I was keen to learn about corporate strategy and how companies develop plans to compete in today’s highly globalized marketplace. I also wanted to improve my understanding of how the different departments of a company operate like a well-oiled machine. I was convinced that the MBA was the best way for me to achieve this dual objective.
Why did you choose Memorial for your MBA?
Memorial offered me the best value for money. The MBA program at Memorial is internationally accredited yet affordable. The experiential learning opportunities such as consulting engagements and Memorial’s success in international case study competitions also appealed to me.
How would you describe your experience as a graduate student at Memorial?
Choosing Memorial was one of the best decisions I have made. There are countless experiences that shaped me; however, I’m most grateful for my interactions with the highly distinguished faculty who were invested in me throughout the journey. My professors were approachable and took the time to get to know me and mentor me.
How well do you believe the MBA degree has prepared you for your career and what are the important characteristics of the degree that help you in your current work?
I’m a market and liquidity risk manager at Mizuho Bank, Canada. While pursuing the MBA, I was certain that I wanted to break into the finance industry in Canada. Therefore, I choose finance courses for my electives. I was also a member of Edge Capital, the finance and investment club at Memorial, through which I gained practical financial analysis experience. The combination of good coursework and practical experience through co-curricular activities helped me land a job in financial risk management consulting in Toronto.
Do you have any advice for current and/or future graduate students?
I would encourage students to start the MBA program with a clear objective, identify the opportunities at Memorial that help achieve this objective, and ultimately manage time well to make the best use of these opportunities. Each of us enrolls in the MBA program for different reasons and the great thing about the MBA program at Memorial is that there are multiple courses and experiential learning opportunities that help us accomplish our unique objectives.