UWE Bristol student joint third in international Bloomberg Aptitude Test

Issue date: 18 January 2016

Thomas Cottrell

UWE Bristol MSc Finance student Thomas Cottrell has come joint third in the prestigious Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) for Europe, Middle East and Africa for November. His result placed him at the 99th percentile of all students taking the test worldwide.

The BAT is an online test that measures financial, business and personal competencies of students and recent graduates, and enables them to assess their suitability for careers in business and finance. Through the website, students are then able to connect with potential employers worldwide, who can view their scores on the test and offer employment based on their skills demonstrated through the test.

Thomas sat the test through UWE and his results are posted on the Bloomberg Institute Hall of Fame.

Thomas, whose first degree is in Engineering, says, “I was really surprised and pleased with my results on this test. It's my ambition to combine the technical knowledge from my first degree, with the skills that I have learned in my job over the last year as a financial manager, along with the knowledge gained on the MSc Finance. I am excited by the idea of pursuing a career as an investment analyst or fund manager.”

Dr Osman Yukselturk, Programme Leader for MSc Finance, says, “We are delighted that Thomas has been recognised in this way. This test is a useful tool for our finance students who are seeking to promote themselves to potential employers. I would encourage other students to take the test.”

UWE Bristol students have access to the Bloomberg Professional system, the main financial data platform used in many investment firms and banks worldwide. Through their extensive use of this system in their studies, UWE MSc Finance students are equipped with the practical and academically-rigorous grounding they need to get a head start in establishing their career in finance.

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