Since your goal is to get a job, that is our goal too. Our academic training is matched with a wide array of career services and counseling. Once students join our program they have exclusive access to personalized career development counseling to enhance professional and career development unique to each students’ interest, experience and skill-set. We also invite guest industry speakers to present and network with our students. Students learn about the field and get career advice from the speakers. Occasionally students will get the opportunity to work on and present industry specific projects to professionals who provide them feedback. These services and more are there to make sure you are ready for your career ahead.
One-on-One Career Counseling
Students begin working one-on-one with a career coach from the beginning until graduation so they gain enough support and resources before graduation to prepare them for the work world. The coach is on campus once a month and virtual appointments are available throughout the program. Also available to new students are the Career Ambassadors. These are second year students who have excellent interview and resume skills. New students can set up meetings with them as well as the professional coach. Career Ambassadors can provide extra support to students who seek to be mentored by a peer.
Career Management Workshops
In the Fall & Spring semesters, students will have an opportunity to attend career management related workshops on topics such as resumes, LinkedIn, networking, interviewing, managing career progression, and job search strategies. There will also be some workshops specifically for the extra challenges of being an international student. Workshops are provided by both the career coach and career ambassadors.
Seminar Speakers and Networking Events
Students have the opportunity to meet alumni and professionals in all sectors of the industry including risk management, portfolio & asset management, risk modeling, data mining, hedge funds, insurance, banking and commodities trading. This may include events hosted by the university or specifically hosted by our program. Please check out the News and Events page to learn more about the program hosted events.
Industry Related Projects
Projects are a part of many of our courses. The goal is to provide as much industry experience as possible. Therefore, we try to create projects that are relevant and even invite professionals to attend presentations and give feedback. For those who choose to do so, there are opportunities to work on projects from industrial problems during the summer after their first year in the program. These are lead by one mentor from the industry and one faculty mentor. Recent topics include mortgage insurance credit risk models, CCAR, and CECL.