The Bruin Development Academy is a 3-week training academy for students interested in exploring careers in the Banking & Finance industry. The BDA curriculum includes a comprehensive overview of finance, career options, and hands-on training on important soft and technical skills.

There will be three 2-hour sessions in January, with each session being led by various industry alumni.  Students who complete the program will have a vetted resume, knowledge on the recruitment process, and an understanding of key financial concepts needed to succeed in this career field.

Academy Schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 16 (6-8 p.m.) - Overview of Finance & Soft-Skills Training
  • Wednesday, January 23 (6-8 p.m.) - Corporate Finance and Buy-side vs Sell-side
  • Wednesday, January 30 (6-8 p.m.) - Technical Skills Training & Resume Overview

Program eligibility: Students of all years and majors may apply, but freshmen and sophomores will be given priority. 

Application: Students will need to submit an application with their

  • Resume 
  • Short Answer Essay Questions 

Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 9 

Acceptance Notification: Students will be notified of their acceptance to the program by Friday, January 11

Attendance policy: 

  • Students who attend all 3 sessions will be: included in a resume book that is distributed to employers upon request and exclusive access to a listserv for internship/job opportunities
  • Students who miss 1 session will be provided only a resume book inclusion. 
  • Students who miss 2 sessions will be dismissed from the program. 

Ends on February 14, 2019

 UCLA wants you to feel ready and confident as you take your first steps to becoming a professional. Being “job ready” doesn’t mean you have to get a job. It means having the comfort and confidence to start the next phase, whether that’s a job, internship, a year of service or whatever comes next for you. 

Job Ready is a virtual career preparation and advancement program that harnesses the expertise and experience of the UCLA Alumni Network. During the winter quarter, alumni will lead live video session where they will provide insight into what recruiters and hiring managers look for when reviewing resumes and cover letters, as well as how to effectively build a network within UCLA and beyond. Through the sessions, students will develop and refine their resume and cover letters, and will be provided with opportunities to practice their professional communication skills. Upon completion of the alumni led online modules, students will go on in the Spring Quarter to be paired with an alumnus for a one-on-one coaching session where they will review your resume and cover letter, provide professional development coaching and share the “secrets” of their success.

This program is tailored to fit those that have varying schedules and are looking for ways to further their professional development without having to attend an event. 

This program is open to:

• Students of all majors

• Students who are interested in jobs, internships, fellowships, grad school, a gap year, and/or a year of service after graduation

• This program is designed for dedicated students of all years

Program incentives:

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion, structured opportunities to connect with alumni, and a professional reference from program staff.

Program Details:

Location: This program takes place mostly online. Students will receive training via CCLE, live webinars with alumni and be paired with an alumni coach for a 1:1 advising/networking phone call. Optional weekly in-person advisement/support will be made available to students. While the in-person commitment is low, we are looking for participants that will take this opportunity seriously, and be present through digital mediums. 

Dates: Job Ready begins Wednesday, February 20th an will be completed by  April, 12th.

All other logistical information will be provided once applicants have been selected into the program.

Application Deadline: Thursday February, 14th  at midnight. Selection will be made on a rolling admissions basis. Apply now!

Questions? Contact Amanda Raymond, Associate Director of Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs: or 310.487-9915.

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