Case Study – Michelle Okoyomo

What is your nationality?Michelle O

Nigerian

What/when did you study at Durham?

2010-2011, MSc. Finance and Investment, Ustinov College.

Dissertation: Managerial Over-confidence and Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions: An analysis of bidder’s performance in cross-border acquisitions managed by overconfident and non-confident managers. Distinction Earned in Dissertation

What are you doing now?

Investment Banking (“IB”) Analyst at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited, a leading boutique Investment Bank headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria

What does your job involve?

My role as an IB Analyst involves advising and assisting clients in various industries to achieve their business growth objectives whether it’s their need to undertake/explore strategic options such as mergers & acquisitions, or seeking capital for business expansion.

This requires carrying out an in-depth analysis of the client’s business and industry to understand the growth drivers as well as analysing the company’s financial performance to identify an optimal strategic alternative/source of capital (equity or debt) to raise depending on the operating dynamics of the business.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

My studies at Durham equipped me with the skill sets required for a successful career in Investment Banking.

My course work and experience developing my dissertation enabled me develop strong research, analytical and project management skills.

Planning, researching and presenting my dissertation enhanced my ability to understand and analyse complex data to identify trends and make informed decisions. In addition, this experience helped me learn how to effectively manage a project and present ideas and findings.

With Durham having a diverse body of students from all over the world, I enjoyed working in seminar projects with people from different backgrounds which helped me develop good people skills.

What advice would you give to current students?

Identify what goals you seek to achieve from an education in Durham, develop a goal schedule, plan your time and never procrastinate.

Time goes by before you know it. Make the best out of the short time you have.

Engage yourself in all the many social and professional activities. Try meeting up with any of the companies of interest that come for a career talk because there are a whole bunch of them that visit the school.

Take time to enjoy Durham in the summer, the scenery is beautiful.

Any other information you want to provide?

Excelling in Durham requires a lot of hardwork but what is most important is working smart and efficiently. Like I said, time management is key.

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