Lilia Chobanova MS’18
Graduate Student, Master of Science in Finance
What is your pre-Babson experience?
Before coming to Babson, I was an asset management intern at Expat Capital, which is the largest Bulgarian investment management company. I also worked as a financial analyst at IBM Global Technology Services division. I previously attended American University in Bulgaria.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I chose Babson for two reasons: its rigorous and practically oriented teaching method and entrepreneurial approach to education. I believe those two characteristics are key for a successful career in finance.
What are your career goals?
I would like to work in the field of investment management. Babson's resources (Bloomberg, Capital IQ, FactSet, etc.) and excellent faculty members are giving me a great start into what this career actually means and involves on a daily basis. The practical equity research skill I'm learning at Babson will give me a great competitive advantage during my job search after graduation.
As a Babson student, what do you do when not in class?
I am a quantitative analyst/risk manager for the Babson College Fund. As such, I'm responsible for developing equity screens and back tests, along with observing risk metrics of $2.4 million portion of the Babson College endowment. The value and knowledge I gain from this experience is extraordinary. I advise all prospective and current Babson students to take advantage of such opportunities during their time here.
What is your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
My favorite part is being surrounded by peers and professors who possess an endless intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. I believe this is what makes Babson great and what stimulates students to develop both academically, personally, and professionally. Also, initially I was surprised by how in touch Babson faculty are with the Boston community and companies in the area. It is really shortening the distance between the classroom environment and the corporate reality of finance and investment management.