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Rajat Agarwal

Rajat Agarwal
MFE 11

Full time:
Vice President
Investment Banking Division Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

Internship:
Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

Previous degrees:
B.T., Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

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"What I knew about finance I mostly studied on my own and learned on the job at Deutsche Bank in Mumbai. While I had strong math and analytical skills, I knew I needed more expertise in finance to take my career to the next level. Friends and colleagues recommended the Berkeley MFE program. They were right-it is the perfect fit."

"The courses at Haas and my internships are positioning me well to pursue my interest in fixed income analytics. The financial market is always evolving and the products get more complex. The way our professors present the course material will enable us to keep up with, and even lead some of those market changes."

"The faculty hits the right balance between theory and practice. Because so many of them come from the industry, they are able to teach what is relevant to the industry."

"Doing so much work in small teams mimics the real world, where you have to work with different people often. It also enhances the learning process because you get to know your own and your team mates strengths and limitations."

"Professor Richard Stanton's class in Fixed Income had a real impact on me. He was so concise, clear and practical in his lectures. Even though I had experience in the subject, learning from him increased my fascination with the subject."

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