Nan Jiang discusses why he chose to study Banking and Finance at Queen Mary University.
What made you want to take on the role of Alumni Chapter Lead? What do you hope to achieve in this role?
I saw that alumni from other London universities had organised a variety of activities each year while Queen Mary alumni hardly knew each other, so it was time to make some changes for our QM alumni network. I hope that more alumni activities will be organised, and the QM alumni network will become more popular in China.
Could you tell me about your current job and what it involves? What drew you to this work?
I have been working with a commercial bank in shanghai for more than 10 years. Basically, my job is to help corporate customers open bank accounts and use the bank’s asset products. I am interested in this job because it provides the opportunity to learn more about companies from different industries, especially through their financial, governable, legitimacy etc aspects.
I studied in Queen Mary, as it is located in London which is the financial capital city, an appealing place for taking this subject...
Could you describe the career path that led you to where you are?
After many years of hard work in the commercial bank, I aim to get promoted. In the future, after many years of social network accumulation and cultivation, maybe it would be a good idea to set up my own business if a good project is on hand. Otherwise, it may be too risky according to the current economic circumstances.
Why did you choose to study Banking and Finance? Why at Queen Mary?
I chose Banking and Finance as my major at Queen Mary, because it was suitable for me. I had had my BA degree in Business and Management, which was not quite relevant to the finance field, whereas Banking and Finance required only basic knowledge of finance at that time. I studied at Queen Mary, as it is located in London which is the financial capital city, an appealing place for taking this subject, while QM’s international rankings were in the top 120 in the world.
What was your experience of moving to the UK for study? Were there any differences that surprised you?
I took my degrees in the UK because the UK has a great heritage and reputable study standards. Most British people were friendly and the weather was lovely (besides the rainy part). Local councils provided benefits even to foreigners. What surprised me, was definitely the food, almost everything was boiled in the UK. But when I got used to it, the taste was not that bad at all.
What motivates you in life?
To be a useful man to the company and society.
What are your aspirations for the future?
I hope that I would have more spare time to do what I am good at and spend more time travelling with my parents. Do more to contribute to society.
What were the highlights of your time at Queen Mary?
The study was intense at Queen Mary, while life was enjoyable from many aspects. I could spend Saturday night having party with my room-mates or classmates, jogging around Regent’s Canal, swimming in the York Hall.
This profile was conducted by Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Hannah. If you would like to get in touch with Nan or engage her in your work, please contact Hannah Dormor