Peyton Mok


Graduated: 2020


What was your MCS program of study?

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, specializing in Management, with a double minor in Mathematics and Applied Statistics.

In 2020, amidst the upheaval of COVID, my graduation took an unconventional turn as I received my degree online, foregoing the traditional cap and gown ceremony. Despite these unique circumstances, I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, specializing in Management, with a double minor in Mathematics and Applied Statistics. Over 4 transformative years, Deerfield became more than a campus; it evolved into a haven where my passion for Mathematics and Statistics flourished, diverting me from the theoretical aspects of business.


What did you learn while at UTM?

My time at UTM was a rich tapestry of academic pursuits and life lessons. Here's a condensed blend of insights and advice for those on a similar path:

Nurturing Professional Relationships:

  • Professors are not just educators; they are invaluable allies in both academic and professional journeys. Cultivate meaningful connections for future opportunities.

Academic Commitments as a Priority:

  • Prioritize academic responsibilities over extracurricular pursuits, particularly for individuals contemplating postgraduate studies or embarking on their professional journey, where internship experiences/GPAs hold significant value.

Questions as Gateways:

  • Questions are not obstacles; they are gateways to knowledge. Don't hesitate to seek answers to deepen your understanding. Embrace curiosity and seek clarification actively to deepen understanding.

Early Career Exploration and Skill Development:

  • Commence your job search early, exploring potential career paths. Use job descriptions/requirements as a guide for skill-building while still in school.

Value of Continuous Self-Learning:

  • Self-learning is highly esteemed in the professional realm. The journey of acquiring knowledge extends beyond graduation, with employers valuing individuals committed to continuous improvement.

Embracing Career Uncertainty:

  • Career paths are rarely linear; embrace the uncertainty. Seek guidance from the wisdom offered by alumni, TAs, and professors to make informed decisions about your trajectory.


Can you share with us your career story to date?

Fast forward to the present, and I find myself as a Fraud & AML Specialist at a trailblazing FinTech Start-Up. My role is multifaceted, involving the meticulous review of day-to-day transactions, identification of fraudulent trends, oversight of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) operations, and active participation in shaping the company's risk strategy. 

The journey that brought me here began with part-time roles as a Teaching Assistant during my 3rd year—a period that ignited a profound appreciation for education.  Initially drawn to the idea of pursuing a Master's in Education, practical considerations, particularly as an international student, led me to seek employment for financial stability post-graduation. This pivotal decision catapulted me into the world of banking before making a strategic shift to the dynamic FinTech industry. Currently, I not only find professional fulfillment but also contribute as a Math TA, bridging my passion for teaching with my newfound career path.


Can you share any industry insights?

In the realm of Risk and Compliance, meticulous attention to detail and a robust analytical mindset are indispensable. Identifying high-risk activities, especially in the realm of money laundering, necessitates a discerning approach. Compliance, with its focus on legal aspects, ensures adherence to regulations, safeguarding against financial penalties. As one ascends the professional ladder, decision-making, and analytical prowess assume increasing significance.


How can MCS students connect with you? 

For further engagement or inquiries, I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn: 

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