Sejal Agarwal






Investment Banking



By Sejal Agarwal

Get to know Sejal Agarwal, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: An Indian with a background in Finance. Mostly patient by nature and a great listener! A huge Bollywood fan. Like to travel and try out new cuisines. Very excited to be in Oxford and experience British cultures! Seeking a corporate career with a focus on responsible business post-MBA.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Investment Banking

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Corporate Finance / Strategy

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: Worcester College. I chose Worcester because of its central location and also because it has a beautiful, scenic lake on campus!

Instagram: @sejal.agrwal

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Reliable
Manager: Organised

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I belong to Agra, India (the land of Taj Mahal), pursued my undergrad with a major in Economics from University of Delhi, interned at Google and worked as an Investment Banker in Hyderabad and Mumbai. After spending ~5 years in Investment Banking, I wanted to expand my skill-set to the industrial sector without losing my foundation in Finance. With the varied opportunities that the Oxford MBA offers, I was confident that Oxford Saïd would be the ideal place for me to prepare myself for a career in Corporate Strategy / Finance.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I have prepared myself both at a personal and at an academic level. Academically, I have researched all the courses / electives that are a part of the program so that I choose the electives relevant to my goals in an informed manner. I have also studied the advised Wall Street Prep courses for Finance Lab and related courses. Personally, considering the busy year ahead of me, I have spent time with my family and friends. Also, I have had conversations and meet-ups (and e-meetups) with my fellow MBA classmates to know my cohort and the diversities involved better.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to become a well-rounded, global citizen through the Oxford MBA, developing my professional and interpersonal skills. The plethora of curricular and co-curricular activities will help me in navigating towards my future career. Oxford is a place of dreams and I am confident that my journey here will take me closer to my dreams.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
“The most important commodity in the year to come is time. There are going to be at least 10 different things happening at Saïd Business School on the very same day. So make the most of your time, choose the things you want to do and be a part of and maintain your calendar accordingly.” Not to forget, I have also been told to be prepared for extreme winters!

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the diversity in perspectives from my peers and professors – diversity not only in their nationalities, but the cultural, linguistic, professional and academic diversities that come along with it. Additionally, I am looking forward to the grilling brainstorming sessions at the Finance Lab and other clubs/societies I intend to participate in.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme will be the hustle between the tons of activities as the opportunities to get involved in at Saïd Business School are limitless. To understand and accept what activities and opportunities I can let go off will be difficult (but not impossible, I’m sure!).

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I plan to leverage the MBA and the hyper global environment it operates in to become a global citizen who wants to make a contribution to not only my individual well-being but also the society at a large. The GOTO challenge and Responsible Business programmes will equip me with dealing with the challenges faced by corporates and the global business environment at large.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I have been accepted to the Finance Lab. Additionally, I intend to be a part of a few OBNs (Global Business, India, etc.). Also, I really want to be a member of Women in Leadership Alliance and collaborate with my fellow Boss Ladies!

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#GoodVibes. Also in the coming days, #ItsAnOxfordThing !

Pictures from Oxbridge Send-off Meet in Delhi, India (30th August 2019)


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