MSF Center for Career Strategy & Professional Engagement
Our Core Services
Career Advising and Executive Coaching
One-on-one career advising and executive coaching sessions (virtual and in-person) are the cornerstone of our services. Both students and alumni have access to advising and coaching appointments focused on a variety of topics, including:
- Overarching Career Management Strategy
- Assessing and Growing Your Professional Networking
- Leveraging Internal Mobility Options
- Developing and Revising Career Marketing Materials (Resumes, Cover Letters, etc.)
- Job Search Strategy
- Salary and Total Compensation Negotiation
- Navigating Employment Issues
From case interviews to behavioral interview questioning techniques, the hiring process today requires that you be on top of your game when you are invited to interview with any firm. We provide access to digital tools to help you prepare for an interview, as well as one-on-one mock interviews to help you sharpen your responses and receive feedback on both body language and overall communication skills.
Job and Internship Postings
MSF students have access to the Georgetown University Recruitment Portal, Handshake. Handshake is a shared resource among campus career center partners and provides up-to-date listings of full-time, part-time, and internship listings. In addition, our office publishes the MSF Jobs Digest, a biweekly list of positions that we have specifically sourced from employers, alumni, and partners.
MSF Clinic Course
This one-credit graded course provides a highly structured curriculum for pre-experience students (i.e. those who have less than two years of prior full-time work experience) in the MSF Program to ensure readiness for a job or internship search.
Students in the course benefit from the semester-long format, which allows for individual exploration of career options through group exercises, self-awareness activities, experiences, and one-on-one career and leadership coaching. The curriculum focuses on the foundational business, communication, networking, leadership, personal branding and professional image, negotiation, job search, interviewing, presentation, and relationship management skills that are necessary to secure an internship or full-time position.
Questions about the MSF Clinic Course should be directed to career services at email@example.com.
Communities of Practice
The field of finance grows more complex each year. With that growth has come the need to develop competencies in a wide range of technical, leadership, and people skills. The MSF Communities of Practice helps students better understand the demands of different career fields, expand learning and skill development beyond the classroom, interact with executives and thought leaders in different career areas, and engage in activities that can help to strengthen both skills and an interview narrative. Our Community of Practice Program currently focuses on three areas – investing, consulting, and fintech – and will grow over time as we add more resources and information to meet the growing specialized demands of employers.
Each Community of Practice is co-led by an Executive in Residence, who has substantial industry experience, and the Associate Dean for MSF Career Management. Executives in Residence bring real-world technical and leadership experience to their roles and help guide students through self-discovery exercises (answering the question “is this field right for me?”) and experiential learning activities that allow each participant to dive deeply into the work associated with each career field.
One of the biggest challenges for graduate students (especially those who work full-time while in our program) is gaining new experiences that can help facilitate a “career pivot” more closely aligned with the MSF degree. Our summer clinics offer participants an opportunity to engage in challenging, in-depth, fast-paced experiences with corporate clients in the areas of investing or consulting. These eight-week experiences pair peers together in small teams to work on complex real-world projects for corporate partners that culminate with an in-person presentation and findings to senior industry leaders. The experience is an excellent opportunity to test-drive a career field, develop or expand existing skills, and gain valuable experience to utilize when discussing your skills and experiences in an interview situation.
MSF City Visits and Programs
MSF students live and work across the United States and in several cities abroad. Today’s global job market means many students seek to relocate to best leverage their degree. For several years, the MSF Program has hosted an MSFinNYC event that brings together alumni, current students, and industry experts in panel discussions, company visits, and networking receptions. We also may host gatherings in other cities across the United States where finance and consulting positions are concentrated. Check with MSF Career Services for more information on upcoming events.
Career Fairs and Employer Events
MSF students have access to on-campus employer presentations, information sessions, coffee chats, and the university’s fall on-campus career fair held each September through our partnership with other career centers on campus. In addition, we partner with organizations across the country who hold online career fairs and information sessions that are perfect for students outside the Washington, D.C., area. From specialized career fairs for veterans to lunchtime webinars discussing an individual company’s culture, the ability to connect with employers helps MSF students establish rapport and build relationships with recruiters.
MSF Career Resources
Current students and alumni can access a wide range of career and industry resources, Georgetown’s Handshake platform for job and internship openings, a listing of MSF events and programs, and links to make a one-on-one appointment with career advising staff on the our password-protected MSF Intranet Site. Access to the site is provided at the time of orientation and remains active after graduation.