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Careers and the Cambridge Master of Finance

Careers.

Career service overview

The Cambridge MFin programme was ranked second in the world by the Financial Times 2021 Master of Finance rankings.

The strength of our career outcomes has been a key contributing factor to our position in the rankings:

  • Our careers service ranks first among post-experience master of finance courses globally
  • Average salary increase of 69%
  • Average salary of $138,368(USD)
  • 82% employed within three months
  • 88% of alumni say they fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing a masters

The above data was taken from the Financial Times 2021 rankings of Master of Finance programmes which measured career outcomes of graduates within three years of completing studies.

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

What to expect

From your first week, 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 the MFin programme.

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 students’ prospects in the finance industry. We work with a pool of specialised careers coaches from across the industry.

These activities also help boost networking confidence and communication skills. To keep the students on track with their professional goals, the MFin Executive Director runs individual benchmarking sessions at the end of each term.

Learn more on the Support tab above.

Engagement with world-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.

Find out more on the City speakers tab above.

Project work with top finance practitioners

The MFin offers students numerous ways to present their skills to leading finance organisations. During the Group Consulting and Equity Research Projects, 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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One-to-one mentoring scheme

We offer a mentoring scheme during the academic year, pairing the students with alumni depending on their history and career aspirations. Mentors guide and provide careers support to the students on the development of their interpersonal skills, interview skills, careers navigation, and share with the student their own career journey and the latest development in their sector.

Women in finance

[MUSIC PLAYING] The difficulty in the finance industry is really striking a balance in terms of your work and your life. And I think that has been a challenge that many financial institutions have been facing, in terms of retention.

It’s structural. I think the banking industry, traditionally, was designed for men by men. And therefore, there really wasn’t a space for women to get in.

How the industry is structured, the kind of reward system– finance industry, mainly rewards people who put in a lot more hours. Then you’ll find that women are really disadvantaged in that aspect.

So I think the combination of the intensity of the hours, the very sort of heavy transaction driven environment, the deadlines, the travel, is a factor that has perhaps inhibited some women who want to maintain that balance from furthering their careers.

So what the industry can do, I think, it starts with the people that are in the industry. I think it’s great that we have a lot more female leaders. We need more female leaders to then be role models for other young people, but equally they need to be at the table to shape the conversation. And say that having women in finance is important.

I believe there is power in diversity, even within genders. And that is why it is important that the perceptions in the industry change fast. And women participation is increased at all levels of businesses, at board level, at senior management level. And this could, I believe firmly, that this can really enhance businesses in terms of their performance, instead in terms of how they are viewed in the industry, in terms of how they give back to community, in terms of how the community views the firms.

I think, generally speaking, clients would benefit hugely from having more balance in terms of the relationship managers, the fund managers, the wealth managers who are actually managing their money, the different asset classes, by bringing in those diverse views and diverse attitudes to risks that would be much better represented if you had more balance in terms of male and female constituents who are actually driving those investment decisions.

What I’d like to see in my lifetime, of course, and even for my daughter, is that when she comes into finance, it’s no longer an anomaly. It’s no longer unusual for her to be here. And it’s no longer unusual for her to aspire to the highest level of this industry.

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 programme, 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 throughout your MFin year and beyond.

Our 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 our 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 professional careers consultants, industry practitioners as well as a range of external careers professionals who come in regularly to deliver tailored personal and professional development workshops, provide career guidance, and run one-to-one coaching.

The MFin was a great springboard and helped me facilitate a successful career and geography switch. Networking with likeminded individuals and the City Speaker Series was a great way to integrate into the industry. The faculty are extremely supportive and it’s a wonderful feeling to be part of the MFin family.
Shalini Naduvilpurakal (MFin 2019)

Networking: Leverage our networks and meet our alumni

A significant benefit of the 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 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 (see relevant tab above) which brings the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom.

Students can meet industry leaders and experts, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner in a Cambridge College.

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 400 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.

The MFin programme team helps to organise various local alumni gatherings around the world. For more information please see our Events page.

Peers

The School attracts the highest calibre of people from a range of different backgrounds, which fosters an atmosphere of global collaboration and provids unique opportunities for discussion and learning.

All MFin 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 2020/21 MFin class.

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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.

[MUSIC PLAYING] It’s very nice to be here again and lovely to be associated in a small way with a course that seems to be growing, and successful, and obviously popular. The city speaker series is a valuable addition to the MFIN degree, providing practical financial expertise and regular networking opportunities with financial professionals.

I’m really delighted to be here this evening. This is my first visit to Cambridge. And so as a result, I’m also in awe of this historic location.

So a pleasure to be here today. What I’m going to talk to you this evening about is what’s been happening in the world of credit ratings since 2008.

I’ll give you a little bit of background on me, how I got to where I am. And what we do, what my job was at Goldman, what the fund does?

I’ve got a set of slides to go through which really talk about the firm I work for which is Apax. It’s a large global private equity firm and then to go through the bit of the firm that I run, which is The Media Team.

We invite speakers who are experts in their fields and who work at the cutting edge of applied finance.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

The city speaker events, the finance practitioners come up here once a week, and they’re talking to you. And so not only do you know what’s going on in the market, but you also know what are the new techniques being implemented in finance. And that’s also very interesting.

We have practitioners coming in and teaching us like CFOs of bulge bracket banks or founders of huge hedge fund companies. And these guys are giving us their experiences, and they’re sharing their experiences with us, which you cannot find in a textbook. And this is why I’m here. And that is what I really like about the course.

Speaker dinners have been other wonderful chance to meet with a wide range of industrial professionals from all of those fields of the finance. And so we were able to get their advices and recommendations for job applications as well as our career developments.

The city speaker events is great. And we also get to go to dinner with them afterwards. And on top of it all, you’re in Cambridge. You are a part of 800 years of living history, and the city is great. And you know I think it is fantastic.

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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.

Recent speakers

  • Anne-Marie Fleurbaaij, Managing Director, Cambridge University Endowment Fund
  • Kristine Braden, Managing Director, Head of Europe Global Subsidiaries Group, Citi
  • Paul Tucker, Partner at Egerton, Egerton Capital
  • Dania Seiglie, Managing Director, Energy, Societe Generale, Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Andrea Traversone, Partner, Wireless Telecommunications sector, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings group, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services
  • Philip Yates, Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny, Managing Director and Head of Global Private Equity Investments, Northgate Capital
  • Chris Eagle, Chief Executive Officer, Aquila Markets
  • Helen Steers, Partner, Pantheon Ventures
  • Laurence Hopkins, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Kevin Gardiner, Managing Director, Rothschild & Co
  • Jan-Peter Onstwedder, Managing Director, Citi
  • Laura Bottega, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Alex O’Cinneide, CEO, Gore Street Capital
  • Irina Kim, Director, Citi
The MFin Programme’s City Speaker Series is the most important element of the MFin experience. Students enjoy the precious opportunity to have a nice meal at a private dining room in one of the colleges and interact with the City Speaker, which may possibly lead to internship or full-time job opportunities.
Ka Ching Ho (MFin 2019)