CV: UCL Student who wants to work in M&A. SCORE=77%

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University College London (UCL), United Kingdom  2011 – Present

BSc (Econ) Economics – Expected Graduation: 2014 (1st Class Honours)

Achieved average of 77% (overall 3rd in course of over 200) in the academic session 2011/2012

Awarded Economics Sessional Prize for academic achievement in the academic session 2011/2012

Business Executive 2012/2013, UCL Economics and Finance Society (largest student society on campus)

Grand Finalist, UK Deloitte Case Study Competition 2011 and Universities’ Brightest Business Brains Challenge 2011

SAT: M800, W780, R710; SAT Subject Tests: Mathematics Level 2 800, Biology (M) 800, Chemistry 800

Junior College, Singapore  2007 – 2008

Achieved 8 Distinctions (As) (highest possible grades) in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Levels in Mathematics, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, General Paper, Higher Chinese and Project Work

Awarded GCE ‘A’ Levels Academic Excellence Award for achieving highest possible grades in the GCE ‘A’ Levels

Awarded Edusave Awards for Achievement, Good Leadership and Service (EAGLES) for outstanding leadership, contributions to voluntary work in the community and school, and excellence in co-curricular activities

Awarded A*STAR Science Award for academic excellence in Mathematics and the Sciences

Raffles Institution, Singapore  2003 – 2006

Gifted Education Programme; Raffles Integrated Programme: Perfect final year GPA of 4.0


Internet start up Singapore – Intern (Marketing)   Aug 2012 – Sept 2012

•   Interned at Internet startup that provides a unique platform for clients to launch peer-to-peer marketplaces

•   With web developer, revamped company website, improving the quality and appeal of content

•  Wrote marketing materials about the firm and the collaborative consumption industry to attract new clients

•   Unique visitors per month increased by 120% and new registered users per month increased by 50%

Consultants, Singapore – Intern (Tax)  June 2012 – July 2012

•    Prepared tax computations on behalf of clients for submission to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

•    Arranged for accordance of tax incentives, monetary grants and investment guarantees, ensuring that clients benefit from effective tax and business planning strategies, while complying with regulatory requirements

•   Assisted in the provision of comprehensive fiscal consultancy and tax advisory services to clients from diverse industries for domestic and cross-territorial business operations

Ministry of Finance, Singapore – Intern  Jan 2011 – Mar 2011

•   Pioneered the establishment of Facebook and Twitter accounts for the Ministry, increasing outreach by 200%

•     Liaised with companies and organisations to acquire their input for the preparation of the annual budget

•     Compiled and streamlined data on public sentiment from various traditional and new media platforms into reports for senior management, providing timely information to assist in planning of the budget

•   Initiated and organised a corporate retreat for the 90-strong staff of the Corporate Development Directorate


Languages: Native fluency in spoken and written English and Mandarin/Chinese

Interests: Music (choral, theatre, opera): Sang in a choir for 8 years; Travel: Countries across Europe and Asia

Our evaluator’s comments: 


An experienced M&A banker who’s participated in the graduate recruitment process, says:

Overall the best CV of this batch of four that I’ve reviewed. Really strong academics (he has quantified why he thinks he’ll get a First this year) from decent institutions and some impressive extra-curricular achievements, again very well quantified so not just baseless claims.

The owner of this comes across as humble (nothing on the CV sounds arrogant) and hard-working. I believe he has the capacity to work as hard as his chosen area of M&A requires, but his conviction in this choice and interest in this area is not well demonstrated beyond his Deloitte prize and university society work, although clearly this helps.

I’d call him in to interview with the caveat perhaps that all work and no play has made Jack a dull boy – I’d need to like him as well as believe he can do the job in order to hire him.

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