Miyuki Seguchi from Japan writes about her experience of studying the Financial Journalism MA at City University London during one of the most turbulent times in history for the global economy.
Earning a Master’s degree in Financial Journalism from City University in London was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I joined the programme in autumn 2010, two years after the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, and while fears of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis were intensifying.
The MA provided a great variety of ‘live’ experiences to feel the reality and seriousness of the financial crises rather than simply reading about them in the classroom. (Though, of course, I did read a bunch of finance books as well as academic papers on global economy in addition to the financial newspapers every day.)
One of the most exciting experiences was doing an internship at the Financial Times Group where I reported real-time news to the world alongside experienced financial journalists. Over two months during winter 2010/11, I worked as a full-time reporter, making phone interviews, attending press conferences and writing articles, which were published under my byline.
Studying near London’s financial district – what is called ‘The City’ – provided meaningful opportunities to visit the UK’s major financial institutions including the Bank of England, enabling me to meet and talk to key players in financial industry. Also, on class visits to global wires and newspapers including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and The Economist, I was able to interact with many journalists who were closest to the issues in the industry.
In addition to this, I studied alongside 13 students on the MA with diverse backgrounds, origins, ethnicities and living experiences, and we all had various perspectives and insights on subjects in the classroom. This helped broaden my views on global issues.
All of the training and learning in London helped me to gain a job at Dow Jones Newswires/ Wall Street Journal in Tokyo where I currently cover equities markets.
It was certainly a very tough and intensive ten months during the MA – I was looking at finance and journalism 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But I was very satisfied with the quality of my life since I was seriously aiming to be a global financial journalist. I was also aware of the life of a journalist – it’s a 24/7 job.
Finally, one piece of advice to non-native English speakers: please don’t give up being an English-speaking (or writing) journalist. The way may be harder than for native English speakers, but it’s a possibility for anyone in the world.
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