Executive | Sep 16, 2016 | Gabelli School of Business
PhD student switches from engineering to business studies
Jitendra Aswani, PhD ’21, started his career in a very different field from business studies.
With a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India, the Jaipur native began working for the country’s national oil company in technical services.
His after-hours reading, however, gravitated toward wages and other financial issues. That reading led him to consider a change in careers.
“I decided that economics and finance central for all these subjects, so I decided to move on to economics and finance,” Aswani said.
He enrolled in the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research and received what is called a master of philosophy degree in finance and economics.
“I did my thesis on the financial crisis … how it started and how it expanded to the Asian stock markets,” he said.
The research appealed to him, so he decided to continue his education.
The quality of Fordham’s faculty was a selling point for Aswani. He believes that many of them will help him develop his research skills and hone his interests. In addition, he called Fordham’s New York City base a great location for someone studying financial risk.
Aswani is looking forward to meeting alumni who can share their finance expertise. “Their experience can help me,” he said.