by Lucky Singh, MiF Recruitment Manager
In December, I hosted a webinar on “How the Careers Centre supports Masters in Finance students”. Joining me were our fantastic Masters in Finance (MiF) Career Coaches, Jessie Zhu and Raquel Santos, as well as MiF Alumna, Arpita Bhabhera, who graduated in 2019.
In addition to Jessie’s wealth of experience in Investment Banking as well as Career and Executive Coaching, she is also an LBS alumna, having completed her MiF in 2011. Then there’s Raquel, who worked at PwC for over 12 years in audit and transaction services across different sectors including Private Equity, and also developed new programmes in learning and development before joining LBS. Both are therefore brilliantly placed to help advise our students both during their time at LBS and beyond.
During the webinar, Jessie and Raquel explained how the Career Centre is structured, and made up of Career Coaches, Visiting Executive Coaches as well as Sector Leads who have long standing relationships with employers in Finance and Technology, as well as others. Students also have access to Peer Leaders (second year students) and Sector Mentors who also provide career mentor support and guidance.
They also shared the wide range of different ways the Career Centre helps students to advance their career:
- Interactive workshops/experiential learning focused on developing the skills to transition or accelerate your career.
- Networking opportunities on campus attended by recruiters and alumni that focus on different industries and sectors including Private Equity and Technology, for example, our Alumni Breakfast series in PE and Asset Management, as well as our annual Career Day.
- Career treks to cities like New York where students learn more about career opportunities and meet alumni, companies and recruiters.
- Company presentations on campus throughout the year.
- 1-to-1 career coaching which is tailored to your specific career goals and helps you to evaluate your career options, as well as prepare for interviews. These take place in-person and on campus but also via Skype.
- Employment and career insights that provide current information on different sectors in the finance industry, the emerging themes, and how this translates to what recruiters are looking for. Additionally, they share case studies featuring previous MiF students and how they were able to secure their roles. All of which are distributed via newsletters and a dedicated blog to ensure you never miss the information most relevant to you.
MiF alumna, Arpita, then spoke about her experience of working with the Careers Centre. She shared what she found most useful from attending workshops on building the best CV and cover letter, to meeting with Sector Leads to get detailed information on different sectors before applying for internships. During her time at LBS she also joined the Investment Management Club and got tailored careers support through this too, attending their Speaker Series as well as their workshops on valuable topics such as stock pitching.
Lastly, we did a Q&A session where Jessie, Raquel and Arpita answered questions ranging from how to secure an internship, how students can foster relationships with alumni, and the process of securing a role within Investment Banking and Private Equity.
To hear about all of the above in full detail, you can listen to the whole webinar here.
Thinking of applying to the programme? Submit your CV for an informal review with our Recruitment team.