Consulting, Finance, Management & Client Relations

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Fall 2022 Events

Check back soon for fall events in this Career Community.

Thu 06

Equity & Inclusion Career & Internship Fair

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon 17

Taste of Success: Health & Business

October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 19

Getting Started with Jobs & Internships

October 19 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 25

Virtual Fall Career & Internship Fair

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu 27

Taste of Success: Marketing, Advertising, and PR

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jobs & Internships on Handshake

Here’s a preview of just a few positions currently available on Handshake. Note that the date shown is not the application due date, but is the date the position was posted!

Explore Career Paths

L&S students and alumni have the knowledge and skills to be successful in business careers. In fact, many employers seek out liberal arts students to meet the unique needs of their organization. Learn more here about how your L&S degree could translate into a career in consulting, finance, human resources, sales, marketing, actuarial science, and more!

Actuarial science is a discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess the liabilities and risks a company faces when it offers an insurance product or pension plan. By analyzing numbers, historical information, and economic trends, actuaries evaluate future events to minimize undesirable outcomes. Actuaries most commonly work at insurance companies, consulting firms, or for the government, in disciplines including life, health, property & casualty, and pensions.

Actuarial Science

Consulting involves providing advice, strategy, and solutions to clients across many industries including businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations. Consultants can work in niche areas related to their expertise, or broad areas including management, strategy, and technology consulting. Consultants use fact-based, analytical thinking to break problems down into components and solve each component for a company or organization.

Consulting

Entrepreneurship can come in many forms. While it is most commonly associated with the activity of starting a business or product line, it can also be applied to working at a new company or even bringing a new idea or opportunity to an existing venture.

Entrepreneurship

Financial services is concerned with the allocation (investment) of assets and liabilities over space and time, often under conditions of risk or uncertainty. There are many different subcategories of financial services that offer unique experiences and types of work including corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate finance, and personal financial planning.

Financial Services

Human Resources involves supporting the employees of an organization. Typical responsibilities involve recruiting and staffing, compensation and benefits, training and learning, employee relations, and organization development. Each of these functional HR areas deal with helping employees in an organization perform more effectively and satisfactorily on the job. While some HR professionals may have responsibilities spanning across many of these areas, others specialize within one area.

Human Resources

Sales & Account Management roles often involve developing and maintaining relationships with customers on behalf of an organization. Common tasks may include making cold calls, researching clients, giving presentations, negotiating contracts, visiting customers, and preparing sales reports. Professionals in this field can utilize their persuasion and relationship building skills to sell nearly any type of product or service to a wide variety of customers.

Sales and Account Management

Consulting, Finance, Management & Client Relations FAQ

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Are sales jobs only for used-car salesmen or telemarketing?

Not at all! What most people imagine when they hear “sales” is what is commonly known as ‘outside sales’, and even that is a large category to stereotype. Sales is any way the company interacts with its customers/clients. This includes ‘inside sales’ activities like customer experience, account management, service support staff, and sometimes product development. Outside sales is any sales activity that goes out from the company – i.e. making sales calls, driving in new business and yes, making cold calls.

Common advice is usually that sales is enjoyable when you’re passionate about your product/service. Instead of imagining a used car salesman, imagine the job that sells Google services, or medical devices, or event planning services.

Does finance require a specific degree to enter the field, similar to accounting?

No! Because it is a regulated profession and involves a specific math-set, an accounting career does generally require a degree, especially for more advanced positions. Finance, however, is not the calculation of funds (as accounting is), but the strategic use of funds. This means a candidate can often be taught the principles of finance on the job, but the asset of a finance professional is their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These can be gained from any liberal arts degree that teaches the student to connect disparate ideas and think comparatively.

Is phone work for people without a college degree?

We live in a virtual world, now more than ever in 2022. This means that many jobs take place entirely via phone conversations. It pays to examine jobs closely that look like “call center” jobs. Some likely will be, but others might be more complex roles that happen to take place primarily over the phone. Examples include financial advising, product sales/support, insurance claims management, or IT.

Is an MBA good for anyone who’s interested in business?

They’re great, but not always the right choice for everyone. An MBA is an excellent addition to a resume when it is pursued with purpose. Simply put, completing an MBA program does not guarantee you a pay raise or a Wall Street job. MBA programs are designed to augment and focus an already-existing business knowledge. Most MBA programs strongly encourage candidates to spend a few years in the workforce to best prepare them for the coursework of an MBA program.

How do I get experience to qualify for a job in business?

The business field is possibly the most flexible of career paths to begin. Many entry-level jobs require a baseline proficiency of administrative, communication and problem-solving skills which can be met by a variety of experience that students gain through their college career. The trick for you as a student is to explain to others why your experience is transferable. If you can make the connections clear enough, you can make a good case for your candidacy for more positions than you think!

Are there focused business career paths?

Yes, and no. There are ways to build a focused business career, with each promotion as a sensible extension of the previous. More frequently, business professionals find themselves moving around within different roles or industries, while still focusing on their skill masteries. For example, a sales professional’s career might include dedicated sales, product support, team management and even technical writing across multiple roles. Business is a very versatile career space to enter for someone who knows what they like to do, but isn’t sure how that could manifest in the real world. If you can imagine a job, it’s likely it exists somewhere in the business world.

Am I too late to apply for jobs in investment banking or management consulting?

Never! It certainly pays to start as soon as possible with high-competition jobs like those on Wall Street, but that just means now is a great time! If you are interested in high-competition career tracks but aren’t sure where to start, begin by networking with alumni in the field to learn about how they got to where they are. Networking will help clarify your options to pursue the career, and will earn you friends in your new networking contacts along the way. You can do this networking at Career Fairs, alumni events, or even via LinkedIn.