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MBA careers in Finance.

In recent years our graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of finance sectors, alongside traditional banking roles, our graduates have progressed into venture capital and private equity, impact investing and fintech. The Fintech sector has exploded in recent years, disrupting traditional financial business models and opening up opportunities for our graduates to work in cutting edge technologies to provide new solutions for investors.

Our finance faculty are leaders in their fields and are at the cutting edge of financial research. The Finance & Accounting subject group focuses on business finance, financial policy, empirical corporate finance, investment management, financial reporting stock markets.

The Business School has retained its value to financial services employers by conducting innovative research, reviewing the curriculum and bringing practitioners into the classroom to ensure that what is taught is relevant, current and cutting-edge.

We produce graduates that are in demand from global finance organisations. We are closely engaged with hiring banks and finance institutions and understand what they look for in their new recruits.

28%

of graduates who went into finance took jobs in fintech

Statistics shown are from the most recent Cambridge MBA employment report.

The Cambridge MBA can progress your finance career

Want to be an investment banker?

We meet a Cambridge MBA alumna working in this sector and ask how her MBA education skills led her into a career in investment banking. We also hear from industry experts about what is involved to do well in this sector.

Read the Finance careers article

Finance career outcomes

From investment banking to impact investing, discover how our MBA alumni transitioned into the global financial services sector.

Read stories from our MBA alumni in finance

Hear from Maria Ichizawa, Morgan Stanley

Maria who works in Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley in New York, talks about how she chose the Cambridge MBA to gain the skills and experience to transition into impact investing and the finance services sector

Watch Maria's video

Why I wanted an MBA

I definitely decided that I wanted to do an MBA because I didn’t have that finance background – I really wanted a better understanding of capital markets, the investing landscape to be able to go into ESG investing, sustainable investing and sustainable finance. The MBA was really crucial in giving me some of those hard skills: the overview, the background and also exposure to people who had worked in the sector.

A change of role

My background was in sustainability so I’m still in the same sector of ESG investing but my role is very different. Before it was more on the consulting side doing advisory for corporate clients and now I’m more on the investor side, the finance side. I worked in Tokyo before the MBA and I wanted to transition to the US so being able to make that transition using a school in the UK I think is maybe a little bit different from other people’s paths but it really worked out for me. So I’m on the Global Sustainable Finance Team and we basically partner with the different business units of Morgan Stanley. So we’re working with Institutional Securities, with institutional investors, with Wealth Management and we’re partnering to help them push forward sustainable solutions and products.

The Sustainable Investing Challenge

I actually participated in a competition when I was at Cambridge Judge which was the Sustainable Investing Challenge hosted by my current team so that’s kind of how I learned about the team. And actually that was how I created some connections and that was the way that I got my CV seen by the hiring manager. With the Careers’ team it was great because they actually connected me with an internship in the summer with their GCP client connections and so that turned into a summer internship with an asset manager which, for me, I didn’t have a finance background before the MBA so that was a great first step and really was critical in getting my current position.

It was definitely a combination of the hard skills that I learned in the finance concentration in the courses but I think also the soft skills that I learned through some of the projects. So I think that the GCP and CVP, being able to collaborate with people with different strengths, different backgrounds, that’s something I use every day.

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