I'm touching up my resume right now, but it's coming up a bit empty. I'm trying to decide what coursework I should list that would be appropriate for a banking internship. Problem is, I haven't taken any "real" finance courses yet, just general business stuff that's part of our core curriculum. Would appreciate feedback on which courses should go on the resume...
So far, I've taken:
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Statistics with Regression
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Supply Chain and Operations Management
Principles of Entrepreneurship
Maybe I have more courses relevant to consulting internships at the moment?
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listing resume coursework
Our users shared that you should not list the most basic coursework - IE the entry level classes such as "principles of management." It is assumed that these are fluff classes that all business majors take. Instead you should focus on highlighting the hard skills classes that you have taken such as Financial Accounting, Calculus, Statistics, and Micro / Macroeconomics. Our users explain below.
User @j-rad shared the relevant courses from the OP's list:
Calc, stats, financial accounting, macro/micro
User @mwgr5 shared that you need to be prepared to talk about your coursework in interviews:
I agree with the classes j-rad highlighted. Also, be prepared to talk about the classes you list in interviews.
User @RJohns shared:
The "principles" courses aren't worth mentioning because they are the same low-level, intro courses everyone in b-school takes. Calc and stats also are standard, but better to mention. You have taken just the standard stuff, so you don't have anything distinctive to mention. If you can, take a more advanced course in math or analysis or something that sets you apart from the tens of thousands of business majors.
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How to Write a Resume for a Finance Internship Without Much Experience
If you're in college and planning to work in finance after graduation, you have likely been told that internships are essential for your career success. And that is very true. Competition in finance is fierce, and the experience and network you gain from an internship can be invaluable.
But writing a resume for a finance internship is challenging. Besides any part-time jobs you may have held in high-school or college, you likely don't have much relevant work experience to include.
Submitting a half-empty piece of paper as a resume will get you discarded as a candidate from the very start. But your coursework and work ethic are important tools to consider. They can help build the framework for a strong resume.
What to Include
When considering what to include on your resume, make sure you evaluate your coursework, hobbies, and any clubs. If you're the head of a student investment club or started a personal finance blog, those are strong assets that will make you stand out from other student applicants. If you excelled in courses and met finance professionals as a student, those experiences can be highlighted as well.
It's also important to include what you can add to the company. While you may think it's not much since you're still in school, you bring a fresh perspective, passion for the subject, and innovation to the table. If you are familiar with technology and different programs, include those on your resume.
Also, if you are fluent in any other languages, include that in a prominent location. Many companies are looking for bilingual candidates, so this can give you a major edge over the competition.
If there's work you have done that isn't relevant to finance, such as working in the school cafeteria, don't include it on your resume.
While it's valuable work, it isn't relevant to the position you're applying for.
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