What I blog about when blogging about blogging

Last month was TheFinanceNerd’s three year anniversary. The blog originally started as a way for me to share my thoughts and experiences about financial qualifications in the hope of providing useful information to people thinking of levelling up their skills. However, over the months, this theme evolved to include broader topics such as personal development and education. This post is a summary of this blog’s journey and outlines some of the key lessons that I’ve learned over the years.

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I tried Time-Boxing for 8 months, here’s what happened

Time-boxing has been one of those buzzwords that I have been hearing very often lately so I was very keen on giving it a go. For those of you who are not familiar with it, this is a technique for allocating a fixed period of time during the day for working on planned tasks. Time-boxing, as the name suggests, is a way of taking individual tasks and finding chunks of time in your calendar to plan them in an organised manner.

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My experience with the Open University (OU), Part 1

If you are reading this post, chances are that you might be considering studying at the Open University (OU) and you are searching online for information to help you make your final decision. 6 months ago I was in your position as I was frantically searching to see if my potential £18k investment in my education was justified. I was particularly interested in the below points which arguably are what might interest most prospective students.

– career prospects
– prospects for pursuing further studies
– course rigour
– teaching quality
– general experience

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

It is very common to hear that public speaking ranks high among the list of things that we might fear. Some studies have also looked into claims about the fear of public speaking ranking above the fear of death[1]. The purpose of this post is not to discourage you with more facts about how much we dread talking in front of people but is meant to give you some ideas that you can act on so that you can overcome your anxieties and become a successful speaker. This post is a summary of what I have learned from reading books on public speaking, observing and learning from professional speakers but more importantly things I have learned from my own mistakes.

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The World Quant University (WQU): Application and Overview

A free MSc in Financial Engineering sounds crazy but it looks like this is exactly what World Quant University seems to be doing. With an ethical goal of making education globally accessible to capable students, regardless of their financial situation, WQU launched their programme in 2015 by Igor Tulchinsky and has been gaining popularity, especially in the past few years.
The course is fully provided online and covers a wide range of topics/subjects that would be taught on a Masters in Financial Engineering.
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LSE Masters in Finance (full-time and part-time) Part 2: Year 1

Back in June, I wrote Part 1 of this post where I provided some introductory information regarding the course. Part 2 will focus more on the contents of the course along with some feedback regarding the difficulty and some tips for students who are currently enrolled.

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Working with recruiters (as a candidate)

As a financial professional, you will reach that stage in your career where you start getting emails and calls from recruiters regarding new job opportunities. What do you do? How can you best maximise your interactions with recruiters to achieve your career goals? I am writing this post as someone who who has benefitted a lot in landing jobs via recruiters, so I am keen to share my experiences with you.

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5 Popular Stocks in Japan that Offer Yutai Gifts (July & August 2020 Update)

In this post I will present to you my yutai stock picks for July and August 2020. It’s worth noting that July wasn’t a yutai heavy month, especially compared to August and September. Yutai investing might be fun but without wanting to sound too repetitive, I always like to add as a disclaimer that you shouldn’t just pick a stock solely because of its yutai. Rather yutai should just be considered as a perk in addition to the underlying return opportunities that the stock presents. Needless to say, given the uncertainty surrounding financial markets and COVID cases rising in Japan, I would be cautious before making any new purchases.

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My Experience in Joining a Toastmasters Club

This is a post for those people who are considering joining a Toastmasters club.
If you are not familiar with Toastmasters, I would summarise it by saying that it provides a structured format and friendly environment for people who want to improve their presentation skills. Toastmasters also allows its members to get hands-on experience in organising and conducting meetings so time management and hosting skills can also be developed. This official Youtube video provides a general overview of how these sessions are planned and what responsibilities each member can take during the events. I only joined two months ago and I would like to share my experience with you so that you can evaluate if this is something that you might want to get involved with.

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LSE Masters in Finance (full-time and part-time) Part 1: The Application Stage

Introduction
This post will cover LSE’s MSc in Finance and it will be divided into 3 separate parts: (1) Application Stage (2) Year 1 (3) Year 3.

Having graduated from the course myself, I would like to share some information which prospective students might find useful in evaluating the course prior to applying. As a disclaimer, I have no affiliation with LSE and with the exception of the factual information regarding the course, most of the content represents my personal opinion.

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