Finance (MS-FIN)

Welcome, MS-FIN students!

W. P. Carey Career Management and Employer Engagement helps you and fellow Master of Science in Finance (MS-FIN) students tell your story through individualized support and targeted resources. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals will assist you in defining career goals, implementing job search strategies, and leveraging your degree. Your success as an MS-FIN student and graduate is important to us. No matter where you are in your career journey, we look forward to supporting your next steps.

Curriculum Career Snapshot Employment Outcomes

Learn the model

Career management is a lifelong journey you will master at ASU. Learning the steps of our Career Management Model is a great place to start. From Strategy and Market Research to Product Development and Operations, you will discover that resumes and interviews are small parts of a broader, successful plan.

  • 1. Strategy

    strategy Taking the space to explore and think about the life and professional experiences you have had to this point is an often overlooked first step. Successful career management begins with developing a strategy that involves taking the time to look backward and forward, so you can set a specific career goal that is attainable and fulfilling.

    Key elements:
    Assessment  |  Personal Career Decision Making  |  Career Action Plan (CAP)

  • 2. Market Research

    market researchOnce you have a career goal, performing market research is the process of exploring this more fully, getting information and details to test your thinking and coming to a commitment of how to action it in the marketplace.

    Key elements:
    Day to day: Function  |  Market position: Company  |  Trends: Industry  |  Location

  • 3. Product Development

    strategy Now you are ready to test your assumptions in the market, which is done in the product development stage. This will have you active in the market, meeting people, networking, conducting informational interviews and going deeper on the research you have already done on the industry, companies and roles you are exploring. This phase helps you get beyond easy-to-access research and draw more insight from meeting people, asking thoughtful questions and digging a little deeper.

    Key elements:
    Personal introduction  |  Networking & Informational Interviews  |  Executive Presence  |  Mentorship

  • 4. Operations

    strategyFrom there you operationalize your action plan with your marketing communications. This is the resumes, cover letters and interview stage of the process. The effort you put into the first three stages will help to ensure that this stage is less stressful and you are ready to compete confidently.

    Key elements:
    Cover letter  |  Resume  |  Interviewing  |  Offer Assessment  |  Online Profiles

Engage in your job search

Three ways b-school students find jobs

There are three primary ways business school students find jobs. Understanding which of these is part of your job search will help you build an efficient plan. Although each of these types of job searches requires a different plan, they all require the same core capabilities for success: Personal narrative, market research, networking, applications, and interviewing. Let us help you figure it out!

  • On-campus/Global Job Search
    The majority of on-campus recruiting happens in the fall semester with a smaller set of firms doing campus recruiting in the spring. This requires you to be prepped and ready to interview soon after school starts. If the firms you are focused on do not visit ASU’s campus, then you will need to supplement your On-campus strategy with a Networked or Just-in-time job search.
  • Networked Job Search
    All job searches require networking skills. If you are targeting firms that do not recruit on-campus at ASU then a Networked job search is your avenue. This requires a proactive approach to research, as well as developing relationships with the goal of building advocates within a firm. You’ll need to ensure your personal narrative and job search skills are well developed to convince these firms to consider you.
  • Just-in-time Job Search
    A majority of firms, whether they participate in on-campus recruiting or not, will have a need for immediate hires throughout the year. Although applications are submitted at the time of need, your preparation and networking should be ongoing in order to be ready when these opportunities arise. These opportunities can be limited and are not predictable, so you’ll want to view this as a back-up strategy, rather than an excuse to delay your job search.

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What You Need to Know

Explore targeted perspectives written for you by career experts. Updated throughout the year, this content is designed to match your current needs and delivered when you need it most.

Career Courses

Explore the curriculum that launches W. P. Carey careers. Timed and designed to align with your program of study, you will engage in courses that directly support your career confidence, capabilities, and prospects.

WPC 594 (Q2): Career Strategy & Product Development

Course Description: A foundational element of your career journey, this course will propel you to make timely decisions and take action…

WPC 594 (Q3): Networked Job Search

Prof. Career Management Career Coach
Course Description: Topical instruction, usually in compressed format, leading to academic credit. Often offered off campus to groups of professionals.…

WPC 594 (Q4): Just in Time Job Search

Course Description: This applied course is built to get you in the job market, be able to articulate your value,…


Featured Resources

These resources have been specifically curated to aid you in your career goal setting and job search.

Vault Guides

Vault Guides offer detailed industry overviews and outlooks to help you dig into your research, make career decisions, and prepare for interviews.

Vault Career Guide to Sales and Trading, Third Edition

Wall Street is an exciting place to be, and sales and trading is one of the most exciting areas. It’s …

Vault Career Guide to Venture Capital, Seventh Edition

Venture capitalists raise funds of millions or billions of dollars and invest it in promising young businesses and start-up companies, …

Vault Career Guide to Wealth Management, Fourth Edition

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