It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here, and with summer comes one of Booth’s favorite events, the Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Conference. A founding sponsor of the Forté Foundation, Booth strongly believes in the organization’s mission of supporting women as they pursue leadership roles in business. In addition to the Conference, the Forté Foundation hosts the Financial Services FAST Track (FSFT), a two-day program for incoming MBA women interested in the financial services industry. This year’s program will be held June 4-5 at NYU’s Kimmel Center in New York City. If you were recently admitted to Booth and are considering a career in finance, you may be wondering if the program is right for you. Today on TBE, first-year Vivienne Ko recollects her experience at the 2011 Financial Services FAST Track and shares how it helped her with the recruiting process at Booth. ****
The two-day conference provided a low-risk environment to explore the
different career paths within financial services. The representatives
from sales and trading, investment banking and asset management/private
wealth companies were there to speak candidly about their positions more
so than to recruit for their companies, so we really had an opportunity
to learn about the industry. One of my favorite parts of the
conference was the chance to hear about the challenges faced by women in
the financial services industry and how the women overcame those
challenges. Not only were the stories inspiring, they also provided
practical advice for situations I may encounter in my career.
Additionally, the Networking Reception and Career Expo that occurred
outside the panels were great ways to network with recruiters who were
coming to campus in the fall.
The conference helped fine-tune my career interest and gave me a head
start in career exploration. I went into Chicago Booth with a better
idea about the internship recruiting process and the positions I would
like to target. Additionally, I got a chance to meet some of my future
classmates for the first time at the conference and foster friendships
with women from other MBA programs whom I have seen again during the
internship recruiting process. The knowledge and connections gained
through the conference have proven to be invaluable during my recent
internship search, and I feel confident as I prepare to start my
internship in a few weeks.
Are you interested in a career in financial services? Learn more about
the Forté Foundation’s Financial Services FAST Track and how to apply here!