Are You Preparing for a Future in Finance?

in Alumni, Career Related, Finance, Students, Undergraduate Students
January 10th, 2011

Tips on Conducting a Job Search, Networking, and Knowing Your Terms

Highlights from the Recent Undergraduate Finance Career Conference

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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.

See conference slideshow

Miss the Conference? You Can Still Gain the Knowledge:

Conducting a Job Search & How to Build Your Network

Highlights:

  • 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?

Techniques in Finance & Valuation

Highlights:

  • 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