Social-impact industry support

Progress your career in social Impact

Interested in making a positive impact and using your career to address some of the most challenging problems facing humankind?

There is an increased interest amongst Millennials on wanting to use their skills to benefit a cause and to have a career with purpose. The Social Impact sector is a rapidly changing environment that is leading innovation and ground-breaking change almost daily, where you can have real opportunity to be exposed to different projects, models, businesses and scenarios.

Emerging areas such as Fintech, Edtech, Impact Investing and Impact Consulting are among the industries of choice for many MBA students at Oxford Saïd.

Our advisors can guide you towards different pathways ranging from Foundations, Non-Profits, Development Banks, Impact Funds, Social Enterprises, Consulting to opportunities in the private sector.

From an employer’s perspective, hiring strategies and talent development opportunities are becoming gradually more strategic; applicants come with very strong backgrounds in mainstream finance, consulting and other various areas, making the overall market very competitive.

Get involved

You will have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the work going on in the social impact space, how to break into the sector, trends and key tools required for success in different roles, locally and globally.

The Social Impact Programme will help you understand and practice some of the new tools required for a career in the sector. Through a blended “thinking and doing” offering, you will have access to various routes for a career in social impact featuring Alumni and leading professionals from the private sector, investors, social enterprises, consultancies, non-profits and technology innovators.

We provide resources and break down barriers for aspiring social impact experts and social entrepreneurs to connect, engage and take action while delivering a case or joining a workshop.

Example workshops:

  • Impact Investing Bootcamp - extra-curricular weekend course giving you practical skills. It covered deal-structure, portfolio management, impact assessment and evaluation, as well as networking opportunities with guest-speakers and alumni.
  • Innovative Finance Careers
  • Interviewing for roles in Social Impact
  • Technology for Social Good
  • Careers in Impact Consulting

Network

Our events and the Social Impact Programme will provide you with plenty of opportunities to connect with employers and alumni in the field. The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Centre also offer programmes and opportunities to learn from, meet and challenge founders, social investors and executives leading impactful activities in their respective industries. The Social Impact Careers Conference and the Social Impact Oxford Business Network will create opportunities for worldwide relationship building and information sharing.

Careers support

We have a dedicated Social Impact Adviser focused on supporting you and actively developing relationships with industry leaders, impact investors, consultants and international development organisations.

You will be offered mock interviews and 1-2-1 general careers advice.