Finance / Investment / Real Estate / Insurance

Are you an analytical thinker?  Enjoy working with data to tell a story?  Good with numbers and intrigued by financial markets and investment vehicles? You can explore this dynamic sector which offers opportunities to work in public, corporate or personal fields in a variety of roles that are as broad as the markets themselves.

The Value of Mentorship: Creating Opportunities for People of Color

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Bloomberg insiders talk about how you DON’T need a finance background to work there. (It’s all about the transferable skills!)

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How to Write a Sales Resume That’ll Close the Deal (Example Included!)

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Relevant SBS Courses

Your major does not necessarily have to be in direct line with your career! Sociology majors can work in the business sector. Economics majors can work in government. Poli Sci majors can work on Wall Street. Many SBS departments offer courses relevant to various career paths. Here is a very small sampling of courses relevant to this industry from across the majors. Please speak with your academic advisor to explore all available courses, and remember that you need not constrain yourself to courses within your major. Study what is interesting to you!

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance: Theory and application of Entrepreneurial Finance and basic financial management for a small firm. Emphasis…

ECON 311 – Money and Banking

ECON 311 – Money and Banking: The nature and functions of money and the significance of monetary circulation, commercial banks, the…

ECON 394FI – Finance and Society

ECON 394FI – Finance and Society: Students will sharpen and bring together knowledge they’ve gained about basic economic theory and apply…

RESECON 314 – Financial Analysis for Consumers and Firm

RESECON 314 – Financial Analysis for Consumers and Firms: Foundations of interest rate theory and fundamentals of finance. A problem-solving approach…

COMM 250 – Interpersonal Communication

COMM 250 – Interpersonal Communication: This course introduces non-majors to a variety of competing theories of interpersonal behavior and everyday social…

ECON309: Game Theory

ECON309: Game Theory: Game theory is the study of mathematical models of strategic interaction among rational decision-makers. It has applications…

POLISCI 281 – Comparative Political Economy 

POLISCI 281 – Comparative Political Economy: This course introduces core political economy concepts from both classical and modern thinkers while engaging…

LEGAL 465 – Globalization

LEGAL 465 – Globalization: The globalization of law, culture, and politics. Competing arguments about the meaning and effects of globalization.…

POLISCI 388 – Corporate Lobbying & the Global Economy

POLISCI 388 – Corporate Lobbying & the Global Economy: The governance of the global economy by private actors. Theoretical and empirical…

SOCIOL 347 – Corporate Crime

SOCIOL 347 – Corporate Crime: The rise of the “corporate actor” in terms of social organization and social policy, and concerning…

Skill-Building With Linkedin Learning Classes

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Build a Successful Career in Project Management

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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) Essential Training

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Media Relations Foundations

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Learning Data Analytics: 1 Foundations

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Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365)

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Get up to speed with Microsoft Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. Follow along with Excel expert Dennis Taylor…

Social Media Marketing Strategy: TikTok and Instagram Reels

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Emerging Leader Foundations

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Creating a Business Plan

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Six Sigma Foundations

Richard Chua
Learn how to apply Six Sigma to drive improvements in the performance of your processes, products, and services. Dr. Richard…

Cryptocurrency Foundations (2018)

Jonathan Reichental
View Jonathan’s LinkedIn Newsletter The digital revolution has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, including the way money is…

Salesforce Essential Training

Jamie Grettum
If you work in sales or are looking for a job in sales, chances are you need to know Salesforce,…

Social Media Marketing Foundations

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Social media dramatically altered marketing by allowing businesses to directly engage with customers and vice versa. Brands that stand the…

Learning Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies (2018)

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Bitcoin is a form of money that only exists online. While it’s making headlines around the world, many people don’t…

Nano Tips for Using Excel with Miss Excel

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SQL Essential Training

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Knowing how to code and manage relational databases and database-driven applications is a valuable skill for any career in tech.…

Cert Prep: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

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The agile approach to project management can help companies respond faster and more effectively to change. As a result, having…

Content Marketing: Online Reviews in Social Media

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How to Be More Inclusive

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Creating an inclusive workplace, where every employee feels welcomed, valued, respected, and heard, requires both structural change to your company…

Presentation Tips for Pitching to Investors

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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2021 was just shy of 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

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