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Khadija Islamova, Master of Finance

Khadija Islamova

Master of Finance

Khadija Islamova is an international student from Azerbaijan, studying a Masters of Finance. While doing an MBA at another university, Khadija found that she was particularly drawn to the finance side of her study, and decided she wanted to explore this further.

In addition to her studies, Khadija also works as a tutor here at the ANU College of Business and Economics. She says she enjoys tutoring as it is a ‘two way communication’ with the students.

What did you do prior to starting your Masters of Finance at ANU?

My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. After graduation I decided to do my MBA to get a full insight into business cycle processes and administration management.  I worked in the Oil and Gas industry for almost 10 years before coming to ANU.

Why did you choose to do a Masters of Finance?

The idea to study finance in-depth came to me while doing my MBA degree. The MBA gave me a big picture overview of business administration management, as well as helped to explore my interests in finance. So, I decided to undertake a second Master’s degree with a finance major to get further exposure to the field.

Why did you choose ANU as the university you would undertake your postgraduate studies at?

My lengthy research in a number of global university rankings, student forums and university web sites led me to prioritise ANU as the first choice. As Australia’s top ranked and one of the world’s top 20, ANU has exceptional academics and top-notch researchers.

Another important factor in my decision was the design of the Master’s program at ANU. It gives the unique opportunity for students from any background to study finance by allocating the first semester to cover foundational learning.

What has been your favourite course (or who has been your favourite lecturer) so far, and why?

It is difficult to single out any one course or a lecturer. I truly enjoyed most of my courses, so I will share my first lecture experience. Foundations of Finance is one of the most important fundamental courses taught in the first semester. It was the first step on my Finance journey, and an important one. I got extremely excited from the first lecture and realized that it was exactly what I was looking for in my study. 

What are your career goals?

I am interested in funds management and management consulting. Thanks to the ANU network, I did my internship in a Private Equity fund for two semesters. The Master of Finance degree gives exposure to all major aspects of Finance which, undoubtedly, expands career opportunity horizons.

In addition to your studies, you are also a tutor here at the College of Business & Economics. Can you tell us more about this – what courses you tutor, and why you enjoy teaching?

In 2015 I tutored Foundations of Finance and Portfolio Construction. I like sharing my learning experience with students, but I also enjoy learning from their insightful questions. Tutoring is two way communication.

What is your favourite thing about Canberra?

Nature! It is incredible to be surrounded by tranquillity of beautiful mountains and bushes and be away from hectic city buzz, yet only 3 hours’ drive can take you to Sydney for a weekend or holiday.

It is a great place to study and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about undertaking postgrad studies?

Go for it! Postgraduate study gives you access to a great learning community and is an exceptional networking opportunity. The program design is a dynamic reflection of the changing world. The Master of Finance program is designed to cover 70% of CFA qualification exams. It involves hard work and commitment, but will definitely pay off - as they say, ‘if it is hard you must be doing it right’.

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