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After obtaining her (MBA) from Chicago Booth in 2008, Jessica began working for the First Republic Bank (formerly Merrill Lynch) in the Financial Planning and Analysis area. While there, Jessica realized she needed to have a deeper understanding of mathematics in order to develop financial models.
When asked why she chose to study Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago, Jessica praises the MSFM program for deepening her understanding of the mathematical models and the risk associated with the financial markets. Also, the high quality of the teaching, the University’s strong reputation, and a strong Career Development office, were among her deciding factors. As a student, she had access to professors during the tutorials and after-class hours for discussions and one-on-one sessions motivated her to think outside the box. She also praised the program’s strong connection to alumni and area employers; location, she said, was another factor, as Chicago has a healthy job market in the financial industry. The MSFM program, she said, has honed her skillset, which helped her catch the eye of more recruiters.
Jessica urges students to make the most out of their time while in the program. Make sure you participate in class, challenge each other during group assignments to come up with compelling solutions, and build a strong network amongst themselves and with program alumni. These connections, she stresses, will help students find good job opportunities. Lastly, she advises students to pay close attention to homework assignments. She has found many opportunities to apply what she has learned from homework assignments in the real world.
Currently, Jessica is the Vice President for Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Jessica was a Senior Managing Consultant at IBM and worked in their Financial Services Risk Practice in New York. Jessica graduated from the Financial Mathematics program (MSFM 2011) and also holds a degree from the Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA 2008).