“After eight years in software, I started to think about what I really wanted to do. . . . Finance was my biggest hobby.”
Our ongoing commitment
MIT Sloan provides several resources to help you develop the job search skills and the contacts that will allow you to manage your career for life. Our mission is to enable you to learn about your potential career options, to teach you the skills you need to conduct a successful job search here and throughout your career, and to help you maximize your employment options.
As an MFin student, you will benefit from full access to both the MIT Sloan Career Development Office and the MIT Global Education & Career Development Office.
MIT Sloan Career Development Office
MIT Sloan’s Career Development Office (CDO) serves a vital role in connecting our MIT Sloan students with leading firms, domestically and globally.
MIT Global Education & Career Development Office
In addition to the MIT Sloan Career Development Office, you will benefit from having full access to the MIT Global Education & Career Development Office. Both offices offer complementary approaches to career development and recruiting, and are often connected to different sets of prospective employers.
You begin building essential job search skills during Career Core in the summer. Coursework — both theoretical and hands-on — helps you todevelop your résumé, write cover letters, improve and practice behavioral and technical interviewing, sharpen your networking skills, and even polish your dining etiquette. We help you prepare for the company presentations that begin in early September through MIT’s Institute-wide Global Education & Career Development Office and continue through the MIT Sloan Career Development Office in late September. Interviewing begins in early October.
MIT attracts recruiting companies from a variety of specialties within finance, including sales and trading, consulting, corporate finance, investment banking, investment management, general management, and other areas. We partner with student clubs to expose you to a wide variety of career paths available in finance, and to prepare you to pursue positions in the area you choose.
On-campus recruiting is a powerful tool for both students and companies, but it isn’t the only path. Many students find positions through a variety of alternative avenues, including job postings, alumni contacts, networking events, and other search strategies.
The CDO also provides numerous opportunities for you to meet and interact with industry leaders and company representatives from all realms of the finance world, in order to give you a broad range of options for making informed career decisions.
New York City Capital Markets Day and the Asia Finance Trek
Included in these is the New York City Capital Markets Day, where the Finance Group Advisory Board members participate in a lunch and boot camp with MFin students. In the spring, the class travels to Hong Kong and Singapore for a series of company presentations and introductions.
Discussions, Presentations and Panels
Ongoing CDO-sponsored corporate discussions, company presentations, expert panels, and other networking events provide numerous opportunities for you to explore new finance areas that you may not have previously considered for a career.
In building an effective job search strategy, we will help you pursue many different channels, including on-campus recruiting, job postings, networking, referrals, alumni contacts, and career fairs. With this broad exposure, you will gain an understanding of areas in finance that you may not have previously considered for a career.
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