MSc Careers

The start of your time here at WBS is the beginning of the rest of your career, so it’s never too early to start thinking of how to make the right impression with employers.

Whether you are interested in one of our finance, business, or management courses, you will receive tailored career advice as part of your MSc at WBS.

Our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team have a wealth of experience across a wide variety of sectors, so you can feel safe in the knowledge you’ll get the support you need to find the right career path for you.

Pre-arrival support

Even before you arrive at WBS you will have access to online resources to help you get your career moving. If you have been offered a place to study with WBS, you can access webinars over the summer, and you can also seek personal careers advice from the CareersPlus team via email, phone and video call.

Start networking

By joining the WBS LinkedIn group of over 28,000 members before you arrive on campus, you can network online with current students and alumni who can offer you support and advice as you prepare to study here.

Guidance and workshops available to you:
You will have access to a dedicated team of careers coaches, who have specialist knowledge of a range of industries and who can offer you advice and guidance – via video call or email - even before you arrive at WBS. You can meet with your careers team face-to-face or virtually right from the start of your course to give you one-to-one guidance right at the start of your Masters. You can also arrange career guidance appointments when you need them throughout the year

We know that applying for jobs can be a daunting process but our careers team can support you every step of the way.  This support includes checking your applications to make sure they are as professional as possible, and arranging mock interviews and mock assessment centres to help you feel prepared for the face to face part of the recruitment process.

CV advice and access to V Mock CV-checking software will help you get your CV ready for any jobs that require early applications, such as those in investment banking and strategy consulting.

You can also boost your professional and soft skills through various other workshops during the year, such as:

  • Finance Fest – a termly event which includes guest speakers, alumni and skills training across a range of finance career areas
  • Sector Insight presentations which provide an overview of a range of sectors
  • Networking for Careers Fairs
  • How to use LinkedIn to find a job
  • Building your commercial awareness

Online resources:

  • V Mock CV-checking software to help you build a high-quality CV, which can be accessed even before you arrive at WBS, to give you a head start on applications.
  • Shortlist.me interview practice – more and more recruiters now use video, rather than telephone, for the first round of interviews. Free access to Shortlist.me enables you to practise your video interview skills and watch yourself back.
  • Online jobs board
  • Blogs/advice pieces written by the experienced WBS CareersPlus team

Sector-specific insights and events:
You will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of events offering you first-hand insights into a wide variety of industries and sectors. Previous events have included:

  • Presentation: Consulting Sector Insights
  • Workshop: Consulting Case Study 
  • Presentation: HR Sector Insights
  • Presentation: Automotive Sector Insights
  • Presentation: Technology Sector Insights
  • Presentation: FMCG Sector Insights
  • Presentation: Finance sector insight
  • Presentation: ‘De-mystifying Finance: Sell side’
  • Presentation: ‘De-mystifying Finance: Buy side’

Corporate speakers:
The WBS Corporate Relations team organise speaker events throughout the year, which provide a window into different organisations and job roles within a variety of companies. Companies who have presented previously have included:

  • L’Oreal
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Unilever
  • Barclays
  • HSBC
  • Womanthology.

Research seminars:
If you are interested in the latest research developments, the research groups at WBS also host seminars by our own faculty and guest academics, where you can hear the latest academic theories by the people who are at the frontline of business and finance research. Their insights could help you decide whether a career in academia is right for you, or they could simply influence your approach to business practice as you progress through your studies.

Support after you leave:
Just because your studies will end, doesn’t mean the careers guidance from WBS will stop. 
Find out what you gain access to as a WBS alumnus.

Guidance and workshops available to you:
You will have access to a dedicated team of careers coaches including one who specialises in careers in the finance industry and who can offer you advice and guidance – via video call or email - even before you arrive at WBS. You can meet with your careers team face-to-face or virtually right from the start of your course to give you one-to-one guidance right at the start of your Masters. You can also arrange career guidance appointments when you need them throughout the year.

We know that applying for jobs can be a daunting process but our careers team can support you every step of the way.  This support includes checking your applications to make sure they are as professional as possible, and arranging mock interviews and mock assessment centres to help you feel prepared for the face to face part of the recruitment process. 

CV advice and and access to V Mock CV checking software will help get your CV ready. You can also boost your professional and soft skills and commercial awareness through various other workshops and events throughout the year, including:

  • Finance Fest – a termly event which includes guest speakers, alumni and skills training across a range of finance career areas
  • Sector Insight presentations which provide an overview of a range of sectors
  • Networking for Careers Fairs
  • How to use LinkedIn to find a job
  • Building your commercial awareness

Online resources:

  • Instructus Markets newsletter giving fortnightly updates on financial markets, and interview advice.
  • Monthly video newsletter giving an overview of the major events in the financial markets and what you’ll need to know about when applying for jobs.
  • V Mock CV-checking software to help you build a high-quality CV, which can be accessed even before you arrive at WBS, to give you a head start on applications.
  • Shortlist.me interview practice – more and more recruiters now use video, rather than telephone, for the first round of interviews. Free access to Shortlist.me enables you to practise your video interview skills and watch yourself back.
  • Online jobs board
  • Blogs/advice pieces written by the experienced WBS CareersPlus team

Sector-specific insights and events:
As a Finance Masters student, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of events offering you first-hand insights into the world of finance. Previous events have included:

  • Presentation: Finance sector insight
  • Presentation: ‘De-mystifying Finance: Sell side’
  • Presentation: ‘De-mystifying Finance: Buy side’
  • Case study event: Private Banking/Wealth Management 
  • Financial Markets briefing
  • Asset Management & Equity Research Insight
  • Warwick Finance Network events

However you can also sign-up to attend insight events from a wide variety of different sectors to build your wider knowledge of business and finance in top companies. Previous events have included:

  • Automotive Sector Insights
  • Technology Sector Insights
  • HR Sector Insights
  • Consulting Case Study workshop
  • FMCG Sector Insight.

Research seminars:
If you are interested in the latest research developments, the research groups at WBS also host seminars by our own faculty and guest academics, where you can hear the latest academic theories by the people who are at the frontline of business and finance research. Their insights could help you decide whether a career in academia is right for you, or they could simply influence your approach to business practice as you progress through your studies.

Corporate speakers:
The WBS Corporate Relations team organise speaker events throughout the year, which provide a window into different organisations and job roles within a variety of companies. Companies who have presented previously have included:

  • L’Oreal
  • LNG Cap
  • Accenture
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Investec
  • Barclays
  • HSBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • BAML
  • JP Morgan.

Support after you leave:
Just because your studies will end, doesn’t mean the careers guidance from WBS will stop. 
Find out what you gain access to as a WBS alumnus.

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MSc International Business has given me the opportunity to learn from a community of students from an array of different cultures, as well as building my confidence through sessions with the WBS Careers Team."
Annabel Sedgwick-Dwane MSc International Business (2017 - 2018)

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