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Job Opportunities in Business that are Different from Investment Banking

By Megha Karthikeyan

March 8, 2018

There are many lines of work one can do in business, but the most popular job that people go into is investment banking. Banking can be a very intense job and people often think that it is the only job when going into the finance industry. There are many different opportunities to work in business that aren’t just investment banking like finance, risk, compliance, and operations. 


Finance can often be split into treasury and tax subdivisions in many companies. Treasury involves analyzing the company’s finances and looking at how the company is doing in terms of debt, equity, and general financial health. It is a very important job because they regulate the company’s budget and collaborate with other divisions. The tax subdivision makes sure that the company is following tax regulation and analyzes the profit and losses of the company. They are responsible for making sure the financial statements that are prepared are up to par for external and internal purposes. 


In some companies, risk is a part of finance while others have it as a separate division. In this division, you do a lot of risk modeling where you look at lending structures and measure liquidity and credit risk. A lot of the work in risk requires data analysis and research skills. Doing work in the risk division will give you a broader understanding of how the company runs and give you a chance to work with different people and on different projects. 


Compliance often has risk modeling aspects to the job but also deals with regulations and the law. They make sure that the private wealth management, securities, investment banking, and other divisions are following SEC regulations and that there isn’t any insider trading going on. Compliance can have various jobs within it like anti-bribery units as well as teams assigned to look at cryptocurrency markets and cyber terrorism. It is a very broad division with many different job opportunities, so depending on what you are interested in, compliance could be a good option for you. 


Operations makes sure that day-to-day functions of the company run smoothly, so people in this division work with employees from many different lines of work. They focus on efficiency and streamline various business processes so that divisions can do their work. This job will be great if you want to have a wide variety of responsibilities from financial analysis to designing processes. 

These are just a few of the jobs that exist in the finance industry that aren’t investment banking. Although investment banking is a great opportunity to work on deals and learn more about mergers and acquisitions, there are also other amazing jobs out there that will let you work in the finance industry. 

Megha Karthikeyan is from Vienna, Virginia and attends the University of Virginia. She intends to double major in Economics and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce with finance and information technology concentrations. Megha will graduate from UVA in 2020. She hopes to work in the finance industry as a finance or risk analyst, but is also looking at working in investment banking.

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Résumé Tips You Didn’t Already Know

By Casey Tsamis

March 6, 2018

It’s so important to have a solid résumé made before graduating college. It may be difficult when first creating it, because you may not have had much experience in the past, and that’s completely okay. Or maybe you’ve had a lot of experience, but are struggling with putting everything together and don’t know what to add or keep. Regardless, here are the best ways to really make your résumé stand out.

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As for account options, has a free account plan and a $15 a month option, which would include more templates.

No need to put where you went to high school

If you’re currently enrolled in a university, you don’t need to have your high school listed. Make sure to list the school that you’re attending as well as your major and the degree that is being received. Also write your expected graduation month and year. For example:

Bachelor of Science, Major in Journalism
Emerson College-Expected May 2018

Have a section for achievements and awards

This is great especially if you’re feeling like your résumé has a whole lot of white space. If you made honor roll or dean’s list, definitely add that here. Scholarships are also great to include.

Make sure to create a section on related courses

It’s beneficial to the employer to see what you already know, so they don’t have to teach you later. If you’re applying for a public relations job and took a public relations or marketing class, add that into your résumé.

Use action-oriented words when describing your tasks at a previous internship or job

Action verbs are key to start with when describing daily tasks at a previous job. Action verbs like “Suggested, Developed, and Researched” are good examples of this. Another example:

-Pitched and developed content for magazine’s fall issue

Check out this page for 185 action verbs to use for a résumé. It’ll be super helpful when writing out your previous job description.

Lastly, be sure that your résumé is clean and is free of any grammatical or spelling errors. Use a font that is easy to read, such as Arial or Times New Roman. A 10-12 point font size is perfect.

Always send a résumé as a PDF file, so employers don’t have to download it and have it come up as a Microsoft Word document. A résumé shows off your talents and strengths, so make each word count and you’re guaranteed to get that interview.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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Beauty Products You Need For Your Next Professional Event

By Casey Tsamis

January 25, 2018

It’s always important to put your best face forward (quite literally) for a professional conference, networking event, or job interview. It’s sometimes difficult to find a product that will conceal under eye bags, but also seem like you’re not wearing tons of makeup. This list of beauty products will be sure to have you feeling your best and ace your next professional event.

This color corrector is a must-have since it can brighten any under eye area, and make sure you’re looking awake, refreshed, and ready to tackle on question that’s thrown your way. It comes in a small packaging, but the product itself lasts for months.

After correcting with BECCA’s corrector, polish it off with this concealer. This is perfect to hide any blemishes or to start the first step of contouring. The applicator brush creates a smooth, matte finish that will even out different skin tones and look natural as ever.


It’s definitely more on the pricier side, but for three products that can be thrown into your bag, it’s a steal. This trio includes a concealer, a bronzed contour stick, and a highlighter. Depending on the event or what industry the interview is for, a touch of highlighter on the cheekbones is completely okay. For all three stix, a little goes a long way, so use small amounts to start.

Drybar Travel Size Detox Dry Shampoo-$13
The travel size version of this product is perfect for fitting in your bag in case of a hair emergency. It has an amazing salon smell to it and will last for the next two days. Use this for the roots to mask any oils that may appear.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara-$24
This award-winning mascara is good for opening the eyes by lengthening the lashes and giving a dramatic, yet professional, look to the eyes. It won’t smudge or dry out either, and it’ll last for four months, tops.

It’s hard not to be nervous or intimidated before an interview or an event, but it’s proven that you will automatically feel more confident in a professional space if you believe you look your best. These products are used to enhance the features, not hide them. Show your best self and you’re guaranteed to do well.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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10 Things to Do Right Now to Get Ready for Recruiting Season

By Keana Bloomfield

October 3, 2017

No matter what industry you want to go into after you leave college, sometimes it can be so overwhelming trying to find what your first steps should be.  While there is no right answer, this list provides some tips from interview help to social media management to help polish your brand as much as possible to shine in the job market. And, even if you aren’t a senior, but just looking for internships, this should put you at the forefront of the game, while also giving you a sneak peek of what’s just around the corner for you!

Take advantage of LinkedIn

Whether that means updating your profile with your most recent professional experience leadership position that you hold at school, searching for jobs or internships, or even just creating your account, making sure that your most adult-ready social media account is active and live can be one of the most, if not the most important step when it comes to not only learning about different opportunities that may be available based on your skillset, but letting employers know about you and what you can possibly bring to the table.

LinkedIn is also a great way to become connected with alums from your school, especially since there is a filtering option that tells you where former grads from your university work now, what year they graduated and where they are located.  Sometimes that one LinkedIn connection could be the stepping stone to your very first job.

Talk to the Career Services at Your School

You probably know of them and maybe even stopped by there once or twice, but the career services at your school can be one of the greatest opportunities to helping you to succeed in the 24/7 world of professionalism by helping to edit your resume, craft the most creative cover letter or help to initiate mock interviews with employers. If you simply don’t always have the time to stop by, email them and ask if they can perhaps help virtually.

But, just as you hope that they read your emails, make sure to take the time to read yours, with new opportunities always on the horizon, don’t miss them when they are literally right at your fingertips!

Research, research, research!

When looking for jobs and internships, the application/interview process just as much as about you interviewing the company as it is about them interviewing you! So, in order to make sure that you don’t your time, nor the company at hands, it’s best to do your research beforehand about the company’s locations, what the job really entails, the company’s culture and reputation in its’ respective industry and whatever else you would want to know about your potential employer. 

Think in a year’s time: if you are working there, what are the key elements you wish you had known?

Create an application spreadsheet

As you’re researching and applying to several jobs and internships, unless you have the memory of an elephant, you are more than likely not going to remember every company that you have looked into, application deadlines, the status of the application, the company contact or any other notes you took into consideration.  Open a blank Excel worksheet and create a chart that lists the names of the employers that you plan on or have applied to and list columns that have the info you want to know and remember—it’s a simple and organized task that you will be glad to have made throughout this process.

Start thinking of professors you could ask to write letters of recommendation

As letter of recommendation act as one of the most important elements in an application, deciding who to ask, when and how can be extremely crucial to whether or not you’re the letter might just be what’s needed to push your application over the edge.  Think about professors that you really felt you connected with and if the class they taught had a special effect on you. 

But, you could also go the alternate route and ask a previous or current employer, coach or advisor that knows you and can and speak to you, your performance and accomplishments.

Practice interview questions with yourself

We already know how stressful interviews can be and when doing interview prep, it doesn’t make that stress just automatically go away.  However, many issues that people have when interviewing isn’t so much more so the technical, but the behavioral.  Being able to effectively give an overview of life experiences, ranging from your working in a teamwork to times you faced adversity and overcame it to even answering the infamous, but dreaded “Tell me a little about yourself” ice breaker question.

Once you feel comfortable enough, work your way up the practice ladder, first with friends, then family then career counselors or even mock interviewers until the big day.

Make new friends at school, but keep the old ones

More than likely, you aren’t the only one at your school trying to get a head start on jobs so bond with new people, because you both may share different insights into the recruiting process and specific industries. Don’t forget to reach out to some of your other friends and keep them in the loop—someone might just return the favor.

Take time to learn outside of class

Depending on your school, what you want to do post-graduation, etc. sometimes regular classes at college aren’t enough. It might be worth it to audit or pay for online courses that may cover topics you won’t have time to take this year or might not even exist in your college course book, so try taking the initiative to find the correct resources out of the classroom.  Courses likes these also look good to employers who can see that you are hard-working and full of ingenuity to want to take matters into your own hands.

Clean up your social media profiles

Even if your LinkedIn is perfect, it’s always worth it to be safe and make sure your other Big 4 (no, I don’t mean the consulting companies) are representative of you.  It’s incredibly easy to find anyone these days thanks to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. and depending on what they find that can be a good or a bad thing. Don’t ruin your chances at being hired for a job because employers find your public persona embarrassing and potentially offensive.

Keep improving your resume

This may seem incredibly obvious but your resume is probably the most singular important job prospect item in your entire application (it’s also a single page itself).  Employers don’t spend that much time on it, but it’s also the very thing that can determine whether you end up in the “Interview” pile vs “Rejected”.  There are over a million tips that can be given for the resume, but when you submit it for a job, the only thing that you should be thinking is if you were the employer, would you call yourself back? If so, you might have the gotten this job hunting thing down. 

Now it just comes to waiting to hear back…

Keana Bloomfield is a senior at Bryn Mawr College, a liberal arts college located outside the city of Philadelphia.  An English major and Economics minor, Keana has completed journalism opportunities at KYW Newsradio 1060, WHYY and the Philadelphia Inquirer, while also having developed financial acumen as a 2016 Girls Who Invest Scholar, an organization dedicated to putting more women in the investment management industry, and as an Asset Management Intern at PNC Financial Services within their Wealth Management division. As she completes her final year as an undergraduate, she hopes to become further immersed in the finance and business industries for both her professional and personal development.


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You Didn’t Get That Summer Internship. Now What?

By Danni Ondraskova

May 30, 2017

It’s been a long semester. The flowers are finally beginning to come out, and the year is winding down to an end. But everything isn’t necessarily perfect—you haven’t received that internship offer yet. Maybe you’re waiting on a handful of places. Or maybe things just didn’t work out this year and you haven’t been accepted anywhere. Maybe you didn’t have time to apply because you’ve been so swamped by schoolwork, friends, jobs, and of course sleep.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, there is always something you can do to make the best of it. Read on for some advice for making the best of your summer, curated by whatever year you are in in college.

Current freshman

You’ve just gotten the ropes of college last semester and are steering your ship to the first phase of your career. You may be stressed out about not having an internship offer yet because some of your friends are working for small businesses, boutique firms, or other companies. Never fear!

In many years, freshmen are not expected to have internships, although some study abroad experience, internship, job, or other immersive summer will give you a leg up over people who don’t do anything in that time.

Feel free to look for seasonal jobs in your city or town and make some money (in many full-time jobs paid at minimum wage, you can make several thousand dollars over the summer). Many places have a quick hiring process, and it can’t help that the economy is recovering in many sectors.

You’ll have something to do over the summer, plus any money you make will be very useful if you work in high-cost areas in your later college years, have medical expenses, or want to pay some debts.

Current sophomore

Sophomore year is an odd time that can be described as twilight—many a fierce debate have been held on whether sophomores have to do an internship or job. In business or research related fields, many college students get their first professional experience as sophomores so they can get a leg up in the often more competitive internships for college juniors.

If you haven’t received an internship yet, email your professors and other social connections and ask if there are any openings.

Although there may be fewer business opportunities around this time, consider working for the government in a business related area (Capitol Hill has Legislative Aides that specialize in business in every Senator and Congressperson’s office who can mentor you and provide research opportunities) or a small business or local bank.

Current junior or senior

I put these categories together because in many cases in elite schools, graduating seniors pursue national fellowships or a full-time job rather than an internship. Both groups of college students have plenty of considerations of their post-graduate future to ponder.

If you haven’t gotten an internship yet, follow the advice for sophomores and note that your upperclassmen status will often give you priority for program or one-on-one college summer research. There are also many research opportunities at neighboring universities you can consider, especially if you are in an urban area.

Finally, if you’re applying to graduate school, you may want to take the summer off and study for your standardized tests full time in addition to starting your graduate school applications.

Danni Ondraskova will graduate in 2018 from Wellesley College. Danni plans on earning a dual degree in law and business and dreams of working for JP Morgan’s Global Investment Management division.

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Not All Internships Are Created Equal: How to Find the Right One for You

By Jordan Perras

April 13, 2017

While the stereotypical intern isn’t grabbing coffee and filing papers anymore, you still want to be aware of what you’re signing up for when you accept an internship. Here are some tips to make sure you choose the right internship for you.

  •   Read the fine print. Read through the job description carefully. Does it sound like you will be doing real work? Expect that you will have some menial tasks, but if that’s all you would be doing, don’t be afraid to pass. Don’t apply to jobs just because you like the title, make sure you like the work too. Is it paid or unpaid?
  •   Ask the right questions. In the interview, be sure to ask about the team’s culture – What is the dress code? What do interns do if they get free time? Will you be trained? Are there any activities outside of work? How many hours will you be working?
  •   Think about your long-term career. Where do you want to be in five years? Will this job help you get there? Sometimes you will have to choose between a name brand firm with a less important job and a lesser known firm with a more important job. If you are in a situation to decide between more than one opportunity, sit down with your advisor and talk through how this job could help you down the road.

Use your school’s career services page, LinkedIn, company career sites, and good ol’ Google to find potential jobs. Use career fairs to network and don’t be afraid to reach out to your parent’s friends or your neighbors! Good luck!

Jordan Perras will graduate in 2018 from Northeastern University and she is majoring in Math and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.  She has a wide variety of interests that include history, art and literature and plans to pursue an MBA after college. She is especially interested in the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business.

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How to Use LinkedIn for your Internship Search

By Jordan Perras

April 10, 2017

One of the best resources for your summer internship search is LinkedIn. Even though most college students associate it with full-time jobs, it can be a great way to explore internship opportunities throughout your college experience. Read on for some tips on how to maximize its functionalities to snag your dream job.

Search for internships under the job postings tab. Okay, yes, that seems obvious, but it really is step one for exploring internship opportunities. Save jobs that look interesting, so that you can refer back to them later.

  • Have a resume ready to go – some job postings let you apply on LinkedIn and you generally only need your resume!
  • You can set your preferences to tailor the postings to only show you internships or jobs in banking or jobs in Los Angeles.

Explore alumni profiles. Search for your school and location to explore where alumni are working (and whether they hire interns for the summer). Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask to connect or do an informational interview!

Update your profile. Make sure you add any new jobs, experiences or skills you have. In you summary, include “I am searching for summer internship opportunities in _____.”

If you want to work for a specific company, read its info page and see if any employees have connected their profiles. This should help you identify important skills or experiences that you have in common that may help you in the hiring process. This is also a great way to find alumni that work at the company!

  • Use the information here to write your cover letter. What are the company’s values? Why do you want to work there?

Jordan Perras will graduate in 2018 from Northeastern University and she is majoring in Math and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.  She has a wide variety of interests that include history, art and literature and plans to pursue an MBA after college. She is especially interested in the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business.

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How to Find the Best Job For You

By Siyu Wu

April 6, 2017

Narrowing down industry and job function can be one of the most overwhelming parts of finding an internship or job. It is very easy to get caught up in the commonly discussed post-college options, such as investment banking or management consulting. In actuality, there are many different positions available (even just within an investment bank!), and it can incredibly difficult to determine which role is the best fit for you. Figuring out your dream job will involve a lot of trial and error, but here are some tips to guide you in that process.

1. Self-reflection: Identifying your personal strengths, interests, goals, and priorities

Before even considering specific jobs, first look inward to consider your own strengths and weaknesses, and personal preferences. For example, do you like multitasking on many projects or focusing all attention on one assignment? Do you prefer interacting with a lot of people, or doing most work alone? Knowing the answers to these questions can give you a lot of direction in terms of narrowing down types of jobs that would be a great fit. Consider taking a personality test (i.e. Myers-Briggs or KOLBE) – regardless of whether you agree with the outcome, use the questions to form a clear sense of self-awareness.

2. Online research: determining the skills, experiences, and responsibilities different jobs require

After noting your own skills and interests, take time to do in-depth research on a variety of industries and roles to better understand what each position encompasses. Some personality tests will match you to jobs that may be a good fit. Use the wealth of resources available online – including job descriptions, industry publications, and career websites such as Forté – to learn about different career paths. For finance specifically, Vault guides, Mergers & Inquisitions, and Investopedia are great resources. Also check out Goldman Sach’s career quiz, which uses situational questions to help narrow down specific divisions that may be of interest.

3. Informational interviews and job shadowing: dipping your feet in

Perhaps some of the best ways to learn about a job first-hand are through informational interviews and job shadowing. Informational interviews are conversations – phone or in-person – during which you can ask someone in that profession questions that really allow you to understand the intricacies of the position. Job shadows often offer a unique opportunity to watch someone at work and learn about what they do on a daily basis. These may seem daunting to set up, but take advantage of campus career resources, alumni networks, and connections made at conferences or events! Many people in the industry had the informational opportunities when they were in your shoes, and they are typically more than willing to pay it forward and meet with you (even if only for 15 minutes).

4. Internships: figuring out your likes and dislikes while on the job

It may appear that internships are the be-all-end-all when it comes to shaping your career path, but I beg to differ. In fact, internships are an ideal opportunity to really figure out the best fit. Treat internships as a trial-and-error period – even if your role is not exactly what you envisioned, the experience is still invaluable in that you’ll know what to look for and what to avoid in your next internship or job experience. Also, remember that there are many divisions with different roles at every firm. If your division isn’t the perfect fit, seek opportunities to arrange informational interviews – or even to ask for additional projects – from other divisions.

It is scary to be a college student and make decisions that may affect the rest of your career. But, you won’t know for sure what you like until you try it. For that reason, be open to opportunities to learn more about a position, even if you don’t think it’s the right fit. Doing research, having conversations, and thinking about your own preferences are essential steps to finding your best career fit!

Siyu Wu is from Colorado and attends Princeton University, pursuing a degree in Economics and certificates in Finance and East Asian Studies. Siyu will graduate in 2018. She hopes to synthesize her interest in China and East Asia with her passion for finance to eventually work in a career related to international finance and Asian capital markets.

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