Supporting your career

Careers services

We will work with you on a one-to-one basis from initial career exploration through job searches and beyond.

We will give you practical help and advice on:

  • developing and customising your CV and cover letter
  • exploring and developing your leadership competencies
  • creating a customised career plan
  • preparing you for upcoming interviews
  • offering negotiation advice and support
  • improving your networking techniques and skills
  • organising recruitment and networking events
  • building relationships with key employers

Each Wednesday we offer careers-related sessions, these employer presentations or panels. Typical sessions include competency/behaviour interview prep, financial markets overview, introductions to PE and commercial banking, and trading floor interviews.

Skills workshops

  • CV/cover letter workshops
  • interview skills
  • case studies and workshops delivered by employers
  • technical and market knowledge quizzes
  • alumni and industry panels
  • trading games
  • networking tips

Raising your profile

We help you maximise your contact with potential employers:

  • informal sector-based panel discussions with representatives from leading financial institutions
  • advanced financial modelling training in collaboration with the finance faculty and corporate competitions to build practical skills
  • visits by employers and recruiters to meet students and to make presentations about their organisations
  • events with alumni and other networks, aimed at facilitating sector-based contact and knowledge sharing

Benefits to your career

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of finance and economics required by the finance sector
  • Gain practical financial skills such as financial modelling when you take part in the Finance Lab
  • Access to top recruiters in finance and consulting as well as our Careers team and industry advisors
  • Close proximity to London, one of the leading financial centres in the world with links to all major European cities
  • Become part of a global network, not just in finance and business but many other subject areas across the University of Oxford
  • Benefit from the University of Oxford’s global reputation and access to our faculty
  • Develop soft-skills to enhance your professional profile alongside your deep knowledge bases

Expert careers advice

We will work with you to ensure your activities are tailored to meet the needs of international business.

Former and current senior executives from leading firms across a broad range of sectors act as industry advisors in partnership with the School and work directly with students. 

We have excellent connections financial organisations in: 

  • investment banking
  • asset management
  • private equity and venture capital
  • risk management
  • investment consulting
  • strategy consulting

Introduction to careers in finance

As part of the international module, we run pre-course sessions for those interested in pursuing a career in finance. Led by careers service staff, sector consultants and practitioners from the financial industry, the event includes:

  • introduction to the industry
  • roles available
  • schedule of recruiter and practitioner panels
  • guide to the selection process used by finance firms. 

Introduction to careers in management consulting

We also run a workshop in management consultancy for MBA students. Limited spaces are made available for MFE students. It will provide you with all the necessary background information and insights to help you in your pursuit of a career in management consultancy. The event includes:

  • introduction to the industry
  • roles available
  • schedule of recruiter and practitioner panels
  • guide to the selection process used by consulting firms