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An evening with Marakon

OxWIB’s night with Marakon was one of fascination and one or two (or four) cocktails. Held in the basement of Raoul’s bar, members of OxWIB were given the opportunity to sip and socialise with representatives of Marakon, a boutique strategy consulting firm. There was never a quiet moment or lull in conversation in the room and the representatives were certainly kept busy with student questions! Strolling round with a cocktail in hand, members could speak to a wide range of people, all of whom had different stories and experiences regarding their degrees, career experiences and entries into the field of consulting. The opportunity to speak in an intimate setting to representatives at so many

Networking with Morgan Stanley- Paths to Success

On Thursday of second week, a group of students joined Morgan Stanley for their networking event entitled ‘Paths to Success’, held in the relaxed setting of Oxford’s Jam Factory. The aim of the event was to give students an opportunity to learn more about the finance industry, as well as a master class on how to bolster your CV and cover letter, and get the most out of networking opportunities. Adrianna, a member of the HR team, delivered a workshop on tackling key elements of Morgan Stanley’s application process, highlighting the need for a clear and concise CV and a cover letter which demonstrated commercial awareness and research, and linked to the core values of the company. Students wer

Networking and Presentation with HSBC

On the 6th of November, OxWIB hosted a panel discussion with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). HSBC’s International Manager Programme was one of the first things which seemed to stand out for students - it allows one the flexibility to travel and work abroad while still comparatively fresh on the job. Luckily, there seems to be no ‘one’ best degree to study to land a job here - the representatives at the panel discussion had studied Law, Drama with Literature and Economics. The representatives began by attempting to clear up some of the misconceptions rife in the industry - banking is not just male-dominated, homogenous and unsupportive. As far as diversity and inclusion

CV Clinic with Give A Grad A Go

Harriet and Penelope from Give A Grad A Go joined OxWIB at Jesus College to run a CV clinic. Give A Grad A Go are a recruitment firm who match up graduates with jobs that are right for them. A graduate candidate’s journey with Give A Grad A Go is very straightforward: you register with them and send in your CV (they receive over 15,000 per month!), and then one of their resourcers will look at your profile and then get in contact to find out more about you and the kind of role and firm you are looking for. They are then able to successfully pair up candidates with employers to get the right role for graduates and the right graduates for the role, and help you prepare for interviews. Their in

Afternoon Tea with Ruffer

We were served delicious afternoon tea at Quod, with Ruffer LLP, in an intimate setting. Treated to scones, sandwiches, cakes and various chocolate delicacies, it was a veritable feast! Laetitia East, former President of Oxford Women in Business, gave a short talk about Ruffer and her involvement, from graduate to her current position, explaining her lack of experience when she began and her complete enjoyment of the whole process. It was a pleasure to welcome an OxWIB alumna back! OxWIB members sat around tables with Ruffer representatives, meaning members could talk to a wide range of people, and hear of the experiences of impressive and ambitious women at Ruffer, who each had taken their

Big Data with APT

On the 24th of October OXWIB hosted Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), a strategy consulting company based in Soho, London. ‘Big data consulting’ may not quite jump out at you (the more mathematically minded are exempt), but we were eased into what exactly it is that APT does, primarily through a series of mini-stories. They began on a historic note. When the cholera epidemic raged in 1854, John Snow, a physician, plotted cases of cholera on a map to find that by far the most cases were concentrated around a pump on a certain street. A brewery not so far away had much fewer cases of cholera around it, but crucially also had a different water supply. Snow used this data to argue, correctl

Cocktail Masterclass with Newton

For another year running, a small group of students were able to join Emma and Alex from Newton, an operational consultancy firm, for a cosy cocktail masterclass at Raoul’s bar in Jericho. There was a champagne reception to start, and then throughout the evening everyone got a turn to make a couple of cocktails of their choice from the Raoul’s menu. Emma and Alex were cool, young and chatty, which made them easy to relate to and put everyone at ease. The informal, relaxed setting allowed everyone to learn more about the firm and the role of being a consultant without feeling any pressure. Making cocktails was a great change from your average networking event, because the activity allowed con

Drinks and Canapés with JP Morgan

On the 22nd October, OxWIB hosted drinks and canapés with J.P Morgan at George Street Social where members of the society were able to hear about and discuss the representatives’ experiences working in investment banking and in particular working at J.P Morgan. The ‘speed dating’ set-up of representatives moving around the tables of society members created a lively atmosphere and enabled us to make the most of the range of perspectives which varied both across divisions and seniority in firm. Understanding the differences between working in fast-paced areas such as Rates Trading compared to more long-term and microeconomics focused M&A deals, helped us to consider which roles we would be mos

Spotlight On Orbis

Orbis is a business that thrives on thinking differently. Attending a meeting surrounded by skeletal creatures in the natural history museum, it was clear that they seek out the unconventional. Orbis’ investment technique involves thinking strategically about the long-term value of shares. The focus here is certainly on attention to detail, and focusing on finding the true value in businesses, which is clearly reflected by their success over the past twenty-five years. There appears to be a strong and admirable culture of independence, but most importantly stepping up to take responsibility for decisions. While Orbis have a large precedent of successful investment decisions, when questioned