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QTEM: a trampoline to a career in the ECB

The experiences of two LUISS-QTEM graduates at the ECB in Frankfurt

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Among the eight LUISS students participating in the QTEM Masters Network graduation ceremony in Lausanne were Giovanni Dinicola and Fabrizio Sacripante, two LUISS alumni that currently work at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management at LUISS, both students registered for the master’s degree program in Economics and Finance with a major in Finance. Both were then selected for the QTEM Masters Network where they had the opportunity to study at prestigious partner universities for two semesters while obtaining a LUISS master’s degree and the QTEM degree.

Giovanni chose to study at EDHEC Business School in Nice for the first semester and Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt for his second. Of his experience in Nice, Giovanni remarks: “It was fantastic and I can only recommend it to other students as I learned so much from both the personal and professional point of view.”

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The quality of course offerings and the university’s prestige motivated him to choose Nice while a passion for the city of Frankfurt pushed him to study at Goethe Universitat, where he also won a scholarship to write his thesis abroad. Giovanni remarks: “The advantage of a program like QTEM is more than academic but personal as well.” Living in three different cities exposed him to a variety of situations that helped him to develop skills that he then found useful in the labor market.

For his two semesters abroad, Fabrizio chose Universidade do Porto, the highest ranking Portuguese university in international rankings and Goethe Universitat. Regarding the program, Fabrizio appreciated “the chance to choose courses close to his interests and to study in different countries, learning different languages, cultures and approaches.”

Both Giovanni and Fabrizio live and work in Frankfurt, continental Europe’s financial capital, at the European Central Bank. Both began working with the ECB before finishing the QTEM program.

Following a highly competitive selection process, Giovanni was offered a traineeship in the Finance Directorate General, where he currently works as an analyst working on finance and budgeting, strategic planning, project management, cost projection, dashboards and management reporting. In the future he would like to work in large international institutions.

Fabrizio was chosen as a trainee for the Department of Market Operations and in August became a supervision analyst in the Department Risk Analysis/Quantitative Risk, where he monitors risk, credit and operations of credit institutions of the European Union. His goal is to continue in his career in banking supervision for the ECB. “I believe there are few places in the world where you can grow so much on a technical and relational level.”

To students interested in applying to QTEM, the two alumni remark: “QTEM offers great potential to grow, making it a good investment in yourself.” Regarding the GMAT, a prerequisite to the program, the two advise: “Don’t be afraid of the exam. Although it requires sacrifice, with a good dose of exercises you can get a good score.”