Achieving your global finance career ambitions with an MSc

Posted by Bayes Business School on 17-Dec-2020 09:00:00

As an institute dedicated to providing the best in business and finance education, we understand the importance of supporting students beyond assignments and course material.

Earning your MSc in Global Finance with Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) can be a powerful way to unlock new career opportunities for yourself – regardless of whether you’re new to the industry or hold years of experience.

With support from our expert Careers team, you can also learn how to leverage your abilities to thrive in the industry. George O’Neill, one of our Course Advisers, sat down with Michelle Fairbank, our Careers Officer, to discuss the different ways that the university helps students reach their career ambitions.

George O’Neill: Michelle, thanks for joining us. How are you doing? Would you mind introducing yourself?

Michelle Fairbank: I'm good, thank you. So, I’m Michelle Fairbank. I’m the Careers Officer who looks after the MSc Global Finance course. My role is to help students with everything from CV tailoring to practice interviews. I also liaise with employers, making sure that they're advertising vacancies and everything through us.

Global Finance career options

George O'Neill: Brilliant, thank you. Onto our next question: how does the course relate to the job market and career options?

Michelle Fairbank: This is a finance course, so I’m presuming you're considering it because you're looking for a career somewhere within the finance sector. However, as you will have seen, the modules that you cover keep your options open for whichever area you’d like to enter.

It might be that you're more interested in the banking sector. It might be that you're more interested in accounting or consultancy. It might be that you're looking at working within finance, but within a different industry, or because you've got your own business. The course can help with any of those, and it will provide you with those tools without narrowing it too much. This gives you diverse career options within various markets.

Another thing I would add is that the MSc tailors to different people's needs. Some of you have maybe only recently completed undergraduate courses. Some of you will be further into your career – using it to change routes or give yourself a push up the ladder. And some of you will be doing it just for your own personal use. It's about how you use the programme to reach your goals. And, of course, we will help you implement your learnings, to get you where you want to be.

Career planning 

George O'Neill: Can you tell us more about how Bayes Business School can help students with their career goals?

Michelle Fairbank: Yes! There are some key areas we cover. The one that’s most popular with students from this course is our one-on-one appointments. Even though everyone is spread across different time zones, we can arrange the appointments to fit round your schedule, so you're not logging on in the middle of the night.

These one-to-ones can cover a lot of different needs. We can have general career chat if you’re not certain about the direction you want to take, and go over some of the resources we have to help you think a little more extensively about that. Or maybe you've not done an interview for a number of years and you're a little bit nervous – we can give you practice questions and you can get feedback on how you’re structuring your answers. Maybe you're moving to a new industry or a different country, with unfamiliar recruitment methods. We can help with that too. Again, everything can be tailored to your specific needs.

George O'Neill: That’s fantastic. So, everything’s very personalised?

Michelle Fairbank: It is, though we also run a variety of group sessions. For example, CV writing workshops, or how to use LinkedIn effectively to build your network and personal brand. We get feedback from employers about what they’re looking for, including key mistakes to avoid, so we build workshops based around those as well.

After you graduate

George O'Neill: And how can the Careers office help students after they graduate?

Michelle Fairbank: We’re definitely happy to work with you post-graduation as well. We don't suddenly reach the end of your course and say, “Sorry, not helping you anymore! Off you go!” [laughs] After all, for some students, because of the way they have to work, it won't be until they start getting close to graduation that they think about what that next step should be. So, you can still book appointments with us, get our advice, and make use of our online resources.

George O'Neill: Can Bayes Business School also assist graduates looking to immigrate to the UK?

Michelle Fairbank: Yes and no. This is typically very difficult, because a lot of the employers here like you to be based in the UK already. However, you can certainly work with our visa team to establish exactly what the rules are, and what options may be available.

And of course, in terms of supporting you in actually securing such work, we’re more than happy to help with your applications and interview prep. We can give you access to our platform where you can practise those video interviews; we've got a lot of different ones, with each tailored to a different sector.

Unfortunately, a student’s ability to immigrate usually depends on their individual situation, such as where they hold citizenship, the specific area of finance they work in, and so on. But our teams will be on hand to help you figure all of that out.

Networking opportunities

George O'Neill: Excellent. Our next talking point is about how Bayes Business School’s industry links can help students network in the global job market. What networking opportunities does this course provide?

Michelle Fairbank: We naturally keep in touch with various employers, so where possible we’ll always strive to put them in front of students to talk with them. Employers are increasingly holding events with us online. Of course, they conduct quite a few on campus as well, which students can attend should they be in London at the time.

A particularly useful resource is our jobs portal. Employers will regularly post openings there. Plus, it includes a range of resources that can help you navigate which avenues make the most sense when searching for a job in your specific arena. All our resources are international, so it’s really something that every student can take advantage of.

George O'Neill: That’s great to hear. And it’s been great getting to speak with you, Michelle! Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.

Michelle Fairbank: Thank you as well!

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Topics: MSc Global Finance