“I learned about the flexibility of MIT's Master of Finance degree. The degree was unlike any other as it was offered in a business school and allowed students to pursue all sorts of different career options.”
Choose your best options
MIT Sloan provides a broad range of career development services to help students achieve their career goals. Particularly through the Career Development Office (CDO), the School offers extensive resources to help students connect with companies, alumni, and leaders who can help guide them toward rewarding careers.
Throughout the academic year, the CDO sponsors programs designed to help students develop the skills and strategies that will enable them to achieve their career goals in today’s competitive job market.
Building on the foundation of MIT Sloan’s powerful finance legacy, the one-year MFin program offers a unique combination of heritage, resources, and relevance to shape the leaders who can effectively navigate the complex global economy. Graduates have pursued opportunities that were commensurate with their experience level. The majority accepted analyst-level positions, and those with greater relevant work experience secured positions at the associate level. Their current roles span diverse financial areas, including investment banking, investment management, financial consulting, diversified financial services, and operating companies. Download the latest employment report.
Drawing on the expertise of both faculty and CDO staff, Career Orientation provides valuable experience in self-assessment, career planning, networking, persuasive communication, interviewing, and negotiation. Sessions combine theory and practice to help students identify their strengths, focus their interests, and refine their career management skills.
Exploring Career Options and Networking Events
Through corporate discussions, company presentations, and networking events sponsored by the CDO, students with the chance to explore industries and sectors they may not have considered before. The CDO works to expose students to corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and company representatives from all realms of the business world in order to assist students in making the best possible career decisions.
Career Resource Center
The Career Resource Center (CRC) offers an expansive collection of both print and electronic career-related resources, including numerous members-only online database and information systems. In addition to a variety of business periodicals and career-related books, the CRC has developed many industry “Navigators” that streamline students’ access to industry-specific resources.
Online Career Management Materials
The CDO offers a vast collection of electronic media containing valuable information on career exploration, industry guides, and the interview process. Upon matriculation, students gain access to the CDO’s Sloan Point Web pages that link to a broad range of career information and tools. During recruiting season, MIT Sloan’s career management software platform, Career Central, allows students to review and sign up for career activities, apply for jobs, find company contacts, or schedule an interview.
MIT Sloan student clubs offer a number of activities within and beyond the MIT Sloan classrooms to provide students opportunities for students to interact and to work with corporate leaders. These activities range from single-day events, such as guest speakers in classes or seminars, to more involved trips, visits to companies that host groups of students at their headquarters. The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the world-renowned MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition also allow students to engage with entrepreneurial leaders.
Asia Finance Trek
The Asia Finance Trek is one example of how the CDO can leverage MIT’s far-reaching global relationships to create exciting programs and events for students. The CDO partners with the Asia Business Club to connect MIT Sloan students with financial institutions in Asia. The schedule includes both formal and informal events with major recruiting partners and local alumni. A Trek Résumé Book also is shared with companies before the Trek, helping students to set up individual meetings with companies while they are in the region.
Many of our top recruiters showcase their companies to students through formal presentations and informal office hours. These presentations provide a great on-campus opportunity for MIT Sloan students to network with corporate leaders and gain further insight into potential sectors and employers.
On-Campus Recruiting Program
On-campus recruiting provides an excellent opportunity for employers and students to connect right here in Cambridge. MIT Sloan attracts a range of well-known companies, and the recruiting process gives enables students to explore numerous career opportunities in finance sectors such as investment banking, asset management, quantitative trading, and corporate finance, as well as in industries such as wide-ranging as consulting, commercial and consumer technologies, pharmaceuticals, energy, and biotechnology.
Companies from around the globe send job postings to the CDO that cover the complete spectrum of industries, job functions, and geographic regions. Each year, almost 1,000 jobs — full-time, summer, and part-time — are advertised on MIT Sloan’s electronic Job Posting site. Small and midsize companies often use MIT Sloan-targeted job postings as a recruiting strategy, offering students a window to many unique and challenging careers.
Held each April, the MIT Sloan Career Fair offers students a unique opportunity to both network and interview with numerous recruiting firms in a single day.
MIT Sloan Alumni Network
MIT Sloan graduates have built a strong tradition of helping current students with career planning, networking, and job search activities. Twenty thousand strong, the MIT Sloan alumni network is a valuable lifelong resource for both students and graduates.
Note: All students have access to our career education and advising services. Recruiting services are available to all students except those who have identified themselves as obligated to return to a company or sponsor after completing their degree.
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"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“I view the MFin as a great addition to the MIT Sloan curriculum since it allows students to choose from a large set of educational options tailored to their specific needs. If we have learned one thing from the financial crisis, it is that we need professionals who deeply understand finance and can communicate it, rather than those who think they understand! The MFin is designed to help students develop exactly those types of skills.”