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Career Service

Career service overview

Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) programme was ranked first in the Financial Times 2016 ranking of post-experience master of finance courses worldwide. The strength of our career outcomes has been a key contributing factor to our position in the rankings, with over 91 per cent placement success on average (three months out) over the last three years despite the challenging job markets in financial services. 

Below are some of the career metrics where the Cambridge MFin ranked first.

  • Career progress based on seniority and company size.
  • Placement success in terms of the effectiveness of our careers service in supporting student recruitment, as rated by alumni.
  • Aims achieved, with 85 per cent of our responding alumni saying they fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing a masters.

Additionally, the Cambridge MFin has a number of ties to the finance industry, which is clearly exhibited in the rich portfolio of corporate sponsored projects our students undertake every year and the broad range of senior city speakers we bring in on campus every week to share their professional insights with the class. 

What to expect

From your first week with the Cambridge MFin, you will be encouraged to take steps to develop your career in finance. Here we outline the career service students rely on during and after MFin. 

Individual support with professional and personal development

Our regular one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops provide the tools to leverage our exclusive alumni and professional network and advance the students’ prospects in finance. These activities also help boost students' networking confidence and hone their communication skills. Additionally, to keep the students on track with their professional goals, the MFin Executive Director runs individual benchmarking sessions at the end of each term. 

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Engagement with world’s leaders in finance in and outside the classroom 

Our City Speaker Series brings the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom. Students meet industry leaders, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner arranged in different colleges. In the classroom, the students are navigated through the programme by the faculty, who have each made a significant mark in their fields.

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Project work with top finance practitioners

MFin offers students numerous ways to present their skills to the leading finance organisations. During the Group Consulting and Equity Research Projects, the students have the opportunity to work in small groups with a range of financial institutions, tackling real industry issues for tangible results

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Career support: Personal and professional development 

At Cambridge Judge Business School, we are committed to helping you focus on your professional future. To support you with achieving your professional objectives, we work closely with you throughout the programme, helping you identify career goals and design action plans to meet them. 

On the MFin, we provide opportunities for you to learn about the broader finance industry and its various sub-sectors. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for you to interact and network with senior finance professionals and alumni. We strongly encourage you to make use of these opportunities to build your own professional network which should be at the heart of your job search endeavours through your MFin year and beyond. 

The MFin careers service is designed to help you gain the insight and skills to manage your career, both while you’re a student at Cambridge Judge Business School and after graduating from the MFin programme. The careers programme encompasses various workshops, seminars, on-line resources as well one to one coaching sessions designed to help students with their career planning and job search endeavours, as well as to strengthen soft skills such as negotiation, networking and presentation skills and interview technique.

The key aims of the MFin careers service are to help you:

  • assess your professional and academic background, skill sets, strengths and weaknesses. 
  • keep informed about the latest sector developments and defining your career goals.
  • build a toolkit of skills to help you with ‘marketing’ yourself effectively.
  • interview successfully
  • analyse, negotiate and accept a job offer

The MFin programme works closely with a professional careers consultants as well as a range of external careers professionals who come in regularly to deliver tailored personal and professional development workshops and provide career guidance and one to one coaching. 

Examples of some of the workshops running this year can be found in our careers calendar.

Our Career Coaching Model

Achieving your career ambitions means building a deep understanding of your abilities, interests and strengths. While these are the most important criteria in choosing and changing your career, the overwhelming majority of people react to purely external factors. Our coaching approach will help you navigate through those factors and leverage them to your best interest. 

The career coaching model helps you to structure your career planning and job search efforts in manageable steps. It begins with understanding who you really are and why your career vision is unique to you. You then move on to identifying your strengths, enablers and challenges; evaluating the risks and constraints before moving on to framing your options, clarifying your personal story and developing your own action plans. On this solid foundation, you can then explore new opportunities confident that you are putting your best foot forward toward the rest of your professional life. 

We have an experienced coaching team available to support you as you explore the best way to optimise your investment in the Cambridge MFin programme. 

Our Careers Coaches partner with students to help you identify personal strengths, talents, and values, and help you build your ideal career path based on these fundamental factors. Our coaches can help you with:

  • job search strategy  - help students to think about their strengths and preferences
  • CVs -  work on an individual career story to explore options and opportunities
  • cover letters 
  • interview preparation and technique
  • networking, presentation, management and other essential 'soft skills'.

End of Term review clinics

To complement the coaching provision offered to you during the year, all MFin students will be offered a benchmarking/review session with the programme’s Executive Director at the end of every term. 

The purpose of these sessions is twofold: to review your progress to date relative to the career plan you have drawn up with your career coach and to provide guidance regarding suitable next steps to take to help you achieve your career goals during the remainder of the MFin year. 

Networking: Leverage our networks and meet our alumni

My network grew exponentially throughout the MFin year. The number of opportunities to meet senior finance executives and fellow professionals was extremely valuable. The Cambridge name opens doors.
Paul Kelly, MFin 2014

A significant benefit of the Cambridge Master of Finance programme is the opportunity it provides to engage with bright, ambitious and creative people from a variety of backgrounds. This interaction enables you to build exceptional lifelong networks.

The University of Cambridge has a thriving community of world class faculty, students, powerful alumni groups, and committed corporate supporters:

Finance professionals and experts

Cambridge Judge Business School and MFin programme have strong networks with the corporate world, including specific links with the banking and finance industry. Practitioners will play a central role in the delivery of the programme through teaching, seminars and involvement in various practical MFin projects. During the programme you will attend guest lectures within MFin City Speaker Series. The series bring the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom. Students meet industry leaders, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner arranged in different Cambridge colleges. 

Alumni

Cambridge Judge Business School's alumni network allows you to keep in touch with your fellow students and the School after graduation. This growing network also offers mutual support for students at the School. We hold a number of networking events throughout the year, with alumni currently working in finance. 

There are over 300 MFin alumni working in more than 40 countries around the world. Our alumni work in a large number of different finance areas, functions and top global companies. MFin helps organise various local alumni gatherings around the world. For more information please see our Meet us page

Peers

The School attracts the highest calibre of people from a range of different backgrounds, thus, fostering the atmosphere of global collaboration and providing unique opportunities for discussion and learning. MFin is a boutique programme, so students attend lectures together which makes it easier to build relationships throughout the course. Please see our latest class profile.

Academic faculty

Resident and visiting academic faculty from disciplines such as Finance, Mathematics, Economics, Law and Land Economy, many of whom are leaders in their field of expertise.

MFin graduation

Watch the interviews of our MFin students on their graduation day.

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Class profile

Find out more about the 2016/17 MFin class.

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Career outcomes

City speaker series

The Master of Finance City Speaker Series provides a further stream of practical financial expertise to the degree. It also provides students regular networking opportunities with finance professionals. The speakers are experts in their fields working at the daily cutting edge of applied finance.

We aim to cover a wide range of subjects, institutions, product areas and roles. The subjects will be determined by the speakers themselves, with a focus on topical themes, deals and business problems that they have faced.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and a small group of students will accompany the speaker to dinner.

Recent speakers

  • Perry Boyle, Managing Director | SAC Capital Advisors
  • Adam Cohen, Senior Director | Societe Generale
  • Anne-Marie Fleurbaaij, Senior Vice President | GIC
  • Tirad Mahmoud , CEO | Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Mark Fitzgerald , Managing Director - Global Markets Strategy Group | Blackrock
  • Kristine Braden, Managing Director, Head of Europe Global Subsidiaries Group | Citi
  • Chris McHugh, Investment Banking Europe (IBEU) | HSBC
  • Adam Sorab, Head of Investor Relations at CQS | CQS
  • Paul Tucker, Partner at Egerton | Egerton Capital
  • Richard Evans, Chief Risk Officer, Institutional Clients Group | Citibank
  • Charles Sherwood, Partner | Permira
  • Rick Lacaille, Global Chief Investment Officer | State Street Global Advisors
  • Ewan Kirk, Founder | Cantab Capital
  • Pierre Cherki, Managing Director of RREEF | Deutsche Bank
  • Randall Dillard, Partner and CIO | Liongate Capital Management
  • Dania Seiglie, Managing Director, Energy | Societe Generale, Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Jamie Walton, Managing Director, Head of global macro quants | Morgan Stanley
  • Andrea Traversone, Partner, Wireless Telecommunications sector | Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings group | Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
  • Tom Hall, Equity Partner and Co-Head of the Media team | Apax Partners UK
  • Philip Yates, Partner | Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny, Managing Director and Head of Global Private Equity Investments | Northgate Capital
  • Gerhard Grueter, Managing Partner | Sapia Partners
  • Alan Brown, Senior Advisor | Schroders
  • Omar Askari, Portfolio Manager | Reech REIM LLP
  • Nick O'Donohoe, CEO | Big Society Capital
  • Chris Eagle, Head of European Foreign Exchange Sales | Jeffries
  • Helen Steers, Partner | Pantheon Ventures
The City Speaker Series and dinners have been a wonderful chance to meet and engage with a wide range of industry professionals from all fields of finance. We were able to get advice and recommendations for job applications as well as our career development.
Aytac Aydogan, MFin 2011

CFA Programme partner

The Master of Finance degree is a CFA Programme Partner. This means that the CFA institute recognises that the MFin curriculum incorporates a large part of the CFA level 1 curriculum.

On the Cambridge MFin you can have the best of both worlds. As well as being an accredited CFA programme partner, the exposure you get on the MFin helps to foster a well-rounded understanding of a broad spectrum of finance disciplines - ranging from Asset Management to Venture Capital - guiding your future career decisions along the way. 

To become a member, or "charterholder", besides fulfilling formal requirements, students follow a programme of self-study covering a prescribed curriculum, and take exams, at CFA levels 1, 2 and 3.

The partnership provides a small number of scholarships available to MFin students each year. The scholarship covers the cost of registering with the CFA Institute and entering the CFA level 1 exam only. Scholarship recipients also benefit from access to study resources.

In recognition of our partnership, MFin students also have access to wide range of CFA resources including webinars, the latest financial research publications and access to CFA society events. 

The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes standards in the investment industry and offers educational and career resources for investment professionals. It has branches around the globe and over 100 000 members worldwide.

Visit the CFA website to find out more

Admissions for 2017/18 entry are open from 26 September 2016 – 31 May 2017.

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