Opportunities for Employment and Professional Development
The degree programme is established to meet the needs of the market. Therefore, it offers an internship training component in the final year of the degree. The Department provides guidance in finding finance related internship placements for students. The objective of this component is to allow students to use their theoretical knowledge in a practical corporate environment. The internship training activities are evaluated and monitored by the employer and the panel of lecturers of the department to ensure that the students undergo a comprehensive training programme.
Finance graduates have excellent career prospects both locally and globally. The typical entry level positions will be research and financial analysts, corporate finance executives and investment banking executives. The target job market includes finance companies, commercial banks, investment and merchant banks, stock brokering companies, primary dealers, insurance companies, venture capital firms, fund management companies, unit trusts, pension funds and in the finance division of any other institution.
It should however be noted that finance job market is highly correlated with the economy and hence the performance of the economy is the key determinant in job prospects for finance graduates. In addition, hence the prospective employers tend to look for progress towards a professional qualification in addition to a degree, finance graduates are strongly encouraged to engage in studies to obtain a professional qualification as well.
Internship Program of the Department of Finance
Objectives of the Program
- To provide Student Interns with relevant practical, professional hands-on experience in a real-world finance setting
- To enhance the Student Interns’ understanding and application of finance concepts, principles, theories, and procedures learnt in the class room
- To strengthen oral and written communication skills of Student Interns
- To strengthen interpersonal skills and critical thinking skills of Student Interns
- To facilitate Student Interns to build up a network in professional finance positions among the business community
Courses Related to Internship
FIN 4371: INTERNSHIP I
This is a three (03) credit programme offered in Year IV - Semester I to facilitate student interns to obtain relevant practical and professional hands-on experience in the field of finance and other related disciplines. This course further enables student interns to enhance understanding and application of managerial concepts, principles, theories, and procedures learnt in the classroom and to get familiarised with industry best practices in a real-world organizational setting. Student interns are required to obtain the internship under a training-in-charge, who is a senior officer at the internship sponsoring organization and will be supervised and evaluated by the training-in-charge throughout the semester. In addition, student interns will also be evaluated by a panel of academic staff members via a viva-voce examination at the end of the semester.
FIN 4383: INTERNSHIP II
This is a three (03) credit programme (elective) offered in Year IV - Semester II to facilitate student interns to obtain an in-depth relevant practical and professional hands-on experience by undergoing an internship with a more emphasis in the field of finance. In addition to getting familiar with industry best practices in a real-world finance setting, this course also enables student interns to build up a network among the business community. Student interns those who obtained an internship related to the field of finance in Year IV - Semester I, have the possibility of extending it at the same organization. Student interns are required to obtain the internship under a training-in-charge, who is a senior officer at the internship sponsoring organization and will be supervised and evaluated by the training-in-charge throughout the semester. In addition, student interns will also be evaluated by a panel of academic staff members via a viva-voce examination at the end of the semester.