Imperial College Business School Careers provides world-class support that is tailored to your own individual career aspirations, and is an integral part of our Finance Master’s programmes.
A number of personalised services are provided before you start and throughout your time at the Business School to support you in securing a successful job in the finance sector.
Online career modules
You will begin your journey with Careers before you start the programme, with access to a wide suite of online career modules. These modules will help you develop your career strategy, understand how to effectively market yourself and ultimately find a career that is perfect for you. Hints and tips from recruiters and current students will help maximise your chance of finding your ideal job.
The Foundations for Careers Success online module accelerates your career development and ensures you are ready to work with Careers as soon as you set foot on campus. You will examine your key skills, interests, values and motivators and learn how to use that knowledge to build a CV. After uploading your CV using our template, you will be ready to hit the ground running in September.
The Finance Careers Primer online module helps you prepare for roles in the finance sector. It will give you an overview of career options within the sector, help define your application strategy and give you the tools to develop your market knowledge and commercial awareness.
Finance Careers Track
When you join the programme in September, you will begin the Finance Careers Track which allows you to explore the financial sector and its recruitment market. The track includes practical careers sessions, providing you with the necessary skills to successfully complete your finance graduate job applications.
Throughout the year you will have access to our team of expert Careers Consultants, who will support your career development and help you find your dream job. A range of one-to-one and small group appointments are available offering the following services:
- Career planning to identify your skills and strengths and refine your career strategy
- Reviewing your CV and cover letters to ensure you are presenting yourself in the best possible way
- Practicing your ‘pitch’ or improving your LinkedIn profile
- Mock interviewing to gain specific feedback on your interview technique
- Case study or case interview practice sessions using example questions that will be used by the employer
- Technical interview preparation
- Guidance on how to negotiate job offers
Your Careers support does not end when you graduate, you can continue to call upon our Careers Consultants as an alumnus.
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Connecting with employers
Our Employer Relations team is responsible for building and developing sustainable relationships with top employers that our students aspire to work for. We pride ourselves on offering a first-class service to our corporate contacts, students and alumni, and host a number of events to help students gain the commercial awareness they will require to be successful through the assessment process and beyond.
We work closely with a number of large employers such as Amazon, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Dyson, McKinsey, LVMH, Kraft-Heinz, and JP Morgan, alongside small and medium-sized firms and start-ups.
We connect employers to Business School talent through a variety of bespoke activities including:
As part of your academic programme, we host prominent guest lectures from leading companies to give you industry insight and a perspective into the key challenges facing businesses today.
Industry-specific careers fairs
We hold a number of careers fairs such as the Consulting & Finance and Corporate & Technology fairs, which provide you with the opportunity to network with representatives from companies in your chosen sector to gain further insight into their organisation.
Our recruitment presentations offer you the chance to engage with top companies from a variety of sectors, where you will find out about opportunities within their organisations and what they look for when recruiting graduates.
We have established partnerships with London-based and international organisations, offering you the opportunity to connect and network with some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world. An invaluable opportunity to meet employers before your interview.
The Business School supports a number of student-led clubs which bring together students with similar areas of career interest and/or professional backgrounds. These provide opportunities to learn from and network with students, alumni and other professionals, as well as build links with relevant employers in the sector and learn about the type of roles available and the skills needed.
The Business School has clubs aligned to the core industry sectors of Consulting, Energy & Sustainability, Finance, FMCG, Healthcare, Luxury and Retail, Social Impact and Technology & Media.
If you have aspirations to work in a specific sector, Imperial College Business School Careers organise a range of industry-focused activities, to provide you with deeper knowledge and sector relevant commercial awareness to give you an edge in your interview. These include:
‘In Focus’ events which offer intense, practical insights into Investment Banking, Asset Management, Sales & Trading and Consulting, delivered by industry experts from top firms such as Deutsche Bank, Jefferies, Nomura, Citibank, Evercore and Goldman Sachs
One-to-one consultations with finance industry experts
Finance case study practice sessions
Stock Pitch sessions
Drop-in sessions for job applications to be reviewed or to ask specific questions about the finance sector
Group sessions to review current business news to build your confidence in presenting commercial awareness in interview situations
You will have access to a wealth of excellent career e-resources to help you with initial career ideas all the way through to negotiating a job offer. These include insightful industry guides and company information, access to industry experts for informational interviewing, and guidance on pay negotiation. You will also benefit from practical resources such as case study prep and psychometric tests to help you prepare for the recruitment process and interviews in your chosen industry. You will have access to Wall Street Prep, which will enable you to improve your advanced Excel and financial modelling skills early, essential if you are aspiring to enter the fields of Investment Banking, Private Equity or Corporate Finance.