~ Recent destinations of Department of Finance graduates
As the vast majority of MSc Finance (part-time) students are already working in finance (or in a related role) when they join the programme, each individual’s future direction upon graduation depends on their own aspirations and career experience. However, whatever their reason for pursuing the programme, whether it be to help fast-track their professional development, change trajectory or simply gain more knowledge in relation to their current role, the programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in, and enhance, their career.
In addition to the internationally recognised research environment and academic rigour of its teaching programmes, a great advantage of studying at LSE is the reputation it holds amongst employers for producing high level graduates. Both the LSE Careers Service and the Department of Finance aim to help its students be as successful as possible on the job market once they graduate from the programme.
The LSE Careers Service is an extensive resource available to LSE students, staff and alumni. Once registered as an LSE student you will be able to access the variety of resources and services it provides. These include careers fairs, company presentations, interview and application skills sessions, personal careers meetings, CV checking and advice sessions.
LSE attracts a large number of recruiters, whom, in many cases, actively target our students. During the Michaelmas Term it is likely that there could be a careers presentation or event that you wish to attend every day of the week!
Once registered at LSE you will have access to a wide range of resources and information regarding careers in the financial services sector. What often comes as a surprise to our MSc students, however, is the timescale involved with the application process, especially the early application deadlines for many of the investment banks, most being before the end of the Michaelmas Term (usually in mid November). This requires students to be very active in terms of careers as soon as they arrive at LSE. Previous students have recommended that MSc offer holders to start researching and
making job applications before they arrive in London, and that the process of completing application forms can in itself become a full time job once you start Term.