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Sergey Atliyev (MSc Business and Management in Emerging Markets 2010)


I have been working in the financial sector for the past 4 years following my graduation from Reading. I initially started at Bloomberg LP focusing on sales in Russia and have recently moved to JP Morgan to work in private banking.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The University of Reading has an excellent reputation for its postgraduate programmes. The Henley Business School that I eventually studied at is well-known and recognised. I was specifically interested in the choice of subjects which were both unique and practical.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

A friendly and fun student community, as well as a lovely town to live in. You didn’t have to be in London to enjoy great shopping, dining and nights out. A truly diverse student community has allowed me to make new friends from different parts of the world

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Take time to learn about the different programmes and activities that the University has to offer. Be active and join various clubs and organisations. Make friends and long-lasting memories!

Remember, it’s not all about your grades, exams, qualifications and so on. While these do matter to some extent, the main thing you need to do is work out what your interests and strengths are as an individual. With these in mind you can shape your own career by setting short and long-term goals. Don’t be afraid, don’t hide away, network, make connections and believe in yourself!

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I have recently started working in private banking, focusing on the so-called “high net worth individuals” This specific area of banking has always fascinated me and I feel privileged to have been able to become a part of it. I took time to learn about the industry and the markets in my previous role, which, in turn allowed me to be successfully accepted by JP Morgan private bank.

How has the University helped you in your career?

I received a great general overview of economics, world politics, finance, which made me attractive to a pretty diverse range of potential employers. Having had a specific focus on the emerging markets, I have since been able to apply it in my jobs by successfully working in these markets.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University means community, the friends I have made, and pride in having a successful degree from this prestigious institution. Too many memories to list, but the favourite one is probably meeting someone right after arrival and being great friends with this person to date.

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