Monthly Newsletter for Graduate Students and Career Advisers

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Monique Turrentine, Assistant Director Employer Relations, Duke University Career Center
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Duke Career Center Employer Relations Graduate Team Communication March 2017

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Employer Engagement
Prospective Transactions with Financial Services & Insurance Companies

We're continuing to expand partnerships with employers even through Duke alumni and parents of Duke students. This month, we're highlighting two of our recent employer meetings with Fast Enterprises and Crawford & Company.

Fast Enterprises delivers budget software implementations to government agencies. Along with a few team members across Duke, we met with the Director of HR and one of the Founding Partners, who happens to be a dedicated parent of a Duke undergraduate student. Fast Enterprises is currently recruiting for various roles including an Implementation Consultant, Data Analytics Consultant, and Technical Writer. The HR team is planning a few on-campus recruiting activities for this spring.

Crawford & Company, a global insurance company, and Broadspire, a multinational company, provide business process outsourcing, claim services and consulting services. The CEO of Crawford & Co., a Duke (Fuqua) alumnus, is excited about hiring Duke students who are collaborative and hardworking. Current openings include a Medical Case Manager (RN), Global Account Executive, and Security Systems Engineer.

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Employer & Industry Trends
Financial Services, Insurance, & Real Estate
 

In the financial services and insurance industries, employers are seeking graduate students who have strong quantitative, analytical and research skills, and an understanding of economic and accounting principles. These skill sets are needed to contribute to the company's advisory services, which include mergers & acquisitions (M&A), restructuring, and leveraged buyouts (LBO). Additionally, the ability to utilize SAS or other scientific and data analysis software is in high demand. Most employers have global operations and hire domestic and international students for their offices around the world. Along with the employers who actively recruit at Duke, like Wells Fargo, PEAK6 Investments, Capital One, Morgan Stanley, and Susquehanna International Group, to name a few; Perella Weinberg Partners, Centerview Partners, and Qatalyst Partners hire graduate students to work in the strategic advisory, risk management, trading and securities groups. Hiring trends are increasing for analysts, in the various groups, who can earn around $80k annually. Alternatively, in the securities and commodities groups within the insurance industry (health, life, property and casualty insurance), actuary, underwriter, and consultant roles can earn upwards of $100k annually. The highest number of career opportunities are in private industries, and there are some finance jobs in the federal government.

A majority of the jobs in (commercial) real estate are in the private industry, and local and state government. A few local employers include NAI Carolantic Realty, Avison Young, and Austin Lawrence Partners, as well as global employers, like Hines and CBRE hire Project Managers, Controllers, Treasury Analysts, Broker Analysts, and Research Analysts. The analysts' salaries often start around $60k, and analysts can later progress to Real Estate Investment Consultants and earn at least $100k. There are various career paths within the real estate, finance and insurance industries, from brokerage, to investment, to research, to urban planning. Learning to manage risks, acting with integrity, and having an entrepreneurial drive are important qualities when pursuing careers in these industries.

In addition to the Duke Graduate School and your departmental resources, there are quite a few resources available to help you learn more about the financial services, insurance, and real estate industries, including Vault, Wetfeet, the Association for Financial Professionals, Financial Management Association International, A.M. Best Company, and the Institute of Real Estate Management. Check out this article to see how "quant" and "strats" roles are impacting the financial services and real estate sectors.​

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A majority of the jobs in (commercial) real estate are in the private industry, and local and state government. A few local employers include NAI Carolantic Realty, Avison Young, and Austin Lawrence Partners, as well as global employers, like Hines and CBRE hire Project Managers, Controllers, Treasury Analysts, Broker Analysts, and Research Analysts. The analysts' salaries often start around $60k, and analysts can later progress to Real Estate Investment Consultants and earn at least $100k. There are various career paths within the real estate, finance and insurance industries, from brokerage, to investment, to research, to urban planning. Learning to manage risks, acting with integrity, and having an entrepreneurial drive are important qualities when pursuing careers in these industries.

 

In addition to the Duke Graduate School and your departmental resources, there are quite a few resources available to help you learn more about the financial services, insurance, and real estate industries, including Vault, Wetfeet, the Association for Financial Professionals, Financial Management Association International, A.M. Best Company, and the Institute of Real Estate Management. Check out this article to see how "quant" and "strats" roles are impacting the financial services and real estate sectors.​

Tips for Success

"Showcase your ability to value partnerships and a collaborative work environment." Recruiter, M&T Bank (2016)

[Have the ability to] "adjust (your) theoretical technical knowledge to how the business actually operates." Recruiter, Wells Fargo

Recommended Book

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

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