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This page provides resources for finance-focused career seekers. Bookmark this page and check in often for news, links and more to keep you informed.

Career Paths to Consider

There are a number of unique and varied roles in the financial industry. Do some baseline research through Vault andWetFeet and determine which one is ideal for you:

  • Investment Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Research (Buy-Side and Sell Side)
  • Sales & Trading
  • Private Client Services (PCS) / Private Wealth Management
  • Private Equity / Venture Capital
  • Portfolio Management
  • Investment (Asset) Management / Hedge Funds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

 

Key Employers for Thunderbird

Finance function employers of Thunderbird students have included:

  • American Express
  • ING
  • Citigroup
  • Intel
  • Cisco
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Exxon
  • Pfizer
Student Organizations

Thunderbird Finance Association
Private Equity / Venture Capital Club

Suggested Reading
  • Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies by Koller, Goedhart, Wessels
  • The Big Deal by Bruce Wasserstein
  • Monkey Business by John Rolfe & Peter Troob
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G Malkiel
  • Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
  • Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times, Business Week, The Daily Deal
  • Vault Guide to Investment Banking
  • Vault Guide to Careers in Finance
  • Vault Guide to Finance Interviews
  • Building Financial Models by John Tjia
Websites to Visit

Graduate Level Careers in Finance

Also, boost your financial modeling skills with a monthly access subscription to Wall Street Prep Online.

Key Things to Consider
  • The internship search for finance candidates begins in October
  • Informational interviews and networking are the keys to getting a job in this industry
  • Students must attend every information session — recruiters talk
  • The finance internship search is like another class
  • Corporate polish and presentation are extremely important in this industry — you must be able to work extremely well in teams, as well as manage groups of individuals
  • This industry is looking at your experience in juggling multiple tasks with high success rates, and ability to learn from mistakes
"What I Wish I'd Done Before I Started Classes at Thunderbird"
  • Make a working target list of internship institutions BEFORE you arrive on campus. Between class, the pub, and new friends time gets away. DO IT NOW!
  • Start looking online at positions that would be interviewing at Career Conferences (NSHMBA, etc.)
  • Include smaller and boutique firms on the list so you have more options — research and find them now so you don’t have to when it’s crazy on campus
  • Practice phone interviews
  • Practice behavioral interviews
  • Start skimming the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal in order to pick up on industry trends — very useful conversation material at networking events, as well as background information on company’s current events
  • Attend a First Tuesday (or 2) in your town, preferably in NYC, to meet alumni, get advice, and get your name out there.
  • Finalize résumé and cover letters and meet with a CMC advisor. The internship search for finance starts immediately!