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MBA To A Job In Finance | How An MBA Can Boost Your Career Development

Career development for Giselle De Man was all about building a strong set of soft skills during her MBA. She got a top finance job after graduation

"At MSM, we understand that our students, coming from the four corners of the world, are not only giving up a lot (family, friends, a job, stability) to come study at MSM, but they are also hoping for a worthwhile ROI, by starting an exciting career journey after their studies," says Hermina Kooyman––the one responsible for the CPDT and all the resources it offers. 

Hermina goes on to describe the three main pillars in the CPDT that generate a holistic approach to career development. "The 'hard' career skills (presentation skills, interview techniques, CV and motivation letter writing etc.) provide students with practical tips to be more efficient in the job hunt. The "softer skills" aim to help them develop the right mindset for the market (improvisation skills, critical thinking, networking tips, psychometric testing, expectation management, self-awareness sessions, stress management and time management). The "social" activities on the other hand (debate nights, "themed" movie nights, sustainable development week et.c) aim to improve team work and sensitivity to multicultural groups, and also to help students become aware about important "social" issues in the world," she explains.

Following her MBA and experience on the CPDT, Giselle landed an internship in the logistics department at Eurobrakes BV. She says it was the strength of her soft skills––her positive attitude and approach to problem-solving––paired with her understanding of the industry that led to a permanent job opportunity—her current role—in the financial department of the company.  

How personal development boosts your network 

Alongside one-to-one coaching, the CPDT introduces students to regional corporate partners looking for international students, which Giselle says is particularly helpful when looking to establish a strong business network in different countries.  

“Help in career mapping is very important if you’re graduating in your home country––it’s vital if you’re graduating from a school outside your home country and looking to pursue an international career,” she explains.  

Career mapping isn’t a one size fits all solution. It requires a tailored approach to every individual on the track. What are their goals and career ambitions? What skills do they have? What do they need to work on? Having a more comprehensive perspective of yourself as a businessperson enables students to use the toolkit CPDT provides to develop themselves further. 

MSM annually publishes a book filled with the CV of each MBA student on the CPDT and shares it with their regional partners, introducing them to the school’s already-established network. “I was actually contacted by McKinsey because they saw my CV in the CV Book,” Giselle (picturedreveals.  

Beyond helping you take your next career steps, Giselle points to how CPDT refined her mentality in business, too. As well as working in tandem with your peers towards your own goals, CPDT strengthens your alumni network beyond MSM through group projects, business challenges, and holistic life balance training.  

“It’s important to talk about the psychological side of the help CPDT offers. You can hear ‘no’ a lot throughout your career, so it’s really invaluable having the support you need to move forward towards your goals. CPDT teaches you not to give up. It might be easier for some people than others at times, but it’s possible for everyone," she says.