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Alex Kokkinopoulos

MSc Investment Management

Why did you choose to study at Birkbeck?

I did a lot of research before I chose Birkbeck. I had offers from six other good universities, but in the end Birkbeck was the obvious choice. Part of the University of London, offering the exact course with the exact modules that I wanted to study, at a brilliant location right in the center of London, and most importantly, with part-time evening study, allowing me to work at the same time.

Tell us about your experience of Birkbeck Talent

Birkbeck Talent found my current role at Trading Screen. They referred me to the Careers team who gave me advice on creating a professional CV and prepared me for interview; they also made sure that everything ran smoothly right through to signing my contract. The team did a perfect job as a high level recruitment service.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I am fascinated by international markets and trading; even as a kid I was always dreaming of an international career in financial services. In my role as Trading Support Specialist, I spend my day dealing with international traders and brokers. My company has offices all around the world and every day I communicate with colleagues and clients from Hong Kong to Tokyo and Singapore to New York. The world seems smaller now and I am unbelievably excited about working in an international environment!

How has your Birkbeck course assisted you in your role at Trading Screen?

My course was the perfect introduction to the trading and finance industry. I feel like my job is the final outcome of my studies. Birkbeck taught me how to deal with financial markets and with the people who are working in them, and now I support some of the best finance professionals in the world.

Would you recommend Birkbeck Talent to other students and alumni?

Yes – for all the reasons above and more. When I moved to London, two years ago I found my first job as a waiter. Now, thanks to Birkbeck Talent, I am working in front of four screens and a videophone, in the industry I always dreamed of. I really love what I do for a living!

Tell us more about Trading Screen.

The company is amazing, international and full of good people willing to help a new team member to learn. I will never forget my current manager who believed in me – he took a student and turned me into a professional. What more could a university student ask for!

"Thanks to Birkbeck Talent, I am working in the industry I always dreamed of."