Samuel Hopkins, Equity Analyst Energy and Agriculture in responsAbility Investments AG
Please note: starting in 2019, the master 'Economics & Business' has evolved into the Master in International Management & Sustainability
I did an undergraduate degree in Economics at the London School of Economics and then worked at BlackRock, supporting the use of their portfolio management system by external clients. After a few years, I wanted to fulfil two personal goals I had at the time; moving abroad and continuing my studies.
I chose the Master Economics and Business for its breadth and location (Paris is a great city!). With a core curriculum of economics and business, the Master offers a strong academic foundation supplemented by a large range of electives. The electives, taught by working professionals, provide a practical understanding of specific industries; developing core skills by applying them to various contexts. The breadth of the Master really allows you to make a well-informed decision about your future career possibilities.
In fact, I learnt about the company at which I'm doing my final 6-month internship, responsAbility, from a presentation one of the MDs did for my Microfinance course. responsAbility is an investment manager focused on sustainable development finance for emerging markets, allowing me to have a positive social impact from my work, while remaining in the private sector. This complements my studies at Sciences Po well, as it requires both strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.