Are You Preparing for a Future in Finance?
Tips on Conducting a Job Search, Networking, and Knowing Your Terms
Highlights from the Recent Undergraduate Finance Career Conference
In Fall 2010, the Feld Career Center at Boston University School of Management sponsored the conference “Your Future in Finance.” A response to today’s increasingly challenging recruiting environment, this event was designed to: 1) help undergraduate students, specifically those interested in pursuing a career in finance, become more employable, and 2) build bonds between current students and some of SMG’s most successful alumni in this field.
Twenty-five young alumni returned to campus for the conference, leading multiple workshops for 60 undergraduate students. The event also included a keynote address by Mark Casady, Chairman & CEO LPL Financial, Inc.; talks by School of Management Dean Kenneth Freeman and MSIM Director Scott Stewart; a networking lunch; and a cocktail reception.
Miss the Conference? You Can Still Gain the Knowledge:
- Effective job-search research: Do you have your communication strategy in place?
- Your successful resume: Have you quantified your accomplishments?
- Preparing for the company presentation: Have you prepared your own questions in a savvy way?
- Conducting an information interview: What’s the proper protocol?
- Building your network: Have you diversified effectively?
- What to do if an interviewer asks you how you would evaluate a particular stock
- What are valuation, comparables, multiples, discounted cash flows, etc?
- Do you know why valuation is important?
- Setting up a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model