I'm taking a year off my banking job to complete another Masters degree (this time an MBA).
I've been employed as a Visiting Lecturer in Econometrics at a University in the London since early 2003, a job that typically takes about six hours a week. In that position I've lectured on 'Forecasting Financial Markets', and 'Corporate Finance' (the capital markets track for that course) teaching against a UK approved syllabus for one year, or two complete academic terms each. Since 2005 my primary responsibility has been to tutor students through their Masters dissertations, in areas that compliment my industry experience or research interests (Risk Management, Structured Products, Asset Bubbles, Credit Derivatives). I say primary as I do get asked to participate in one off lectures where students get the "inside track" on exactly what its like to work on a trading desk, or occasional labs where we'll structure live deals via Bloomberg against a changing market. I really enjoy this work, and have come to the realisation that I actually like this better than banking.
Recently (actually thanks for an AskMetafilter post) I've become aware of jobs.ac.uk
, and whilst perusing the listings noticed that many UK colleges
are interested in hiring people with advanced degrees and relevant industry expertise.
I have what many people describe as very strong / forceful CV, but I realise that what constitutes a powerful case for hiring in banking circles may appear a tad aggressive for academic purposes.
Also, I'm not really sure what to emphasize for a pure academic CV; in banking circles lots is about the institution you were employed by, your position, it's role in the firms hierarchy, accomplishments during your tenure and (especially!) value add to the enterprise. Power verbs such as accomplished
serve to introduce each line describing accomplishments in the firms I've been employed by.
My sense is in academic circles it many of these statements wouldn't be appropriate but I'd like to get some clarification. Also, advise on how to restructure my CV would be appreciated. Currently I've got a high level summary, bullet points of specific strengths/expertise, detailed industry experience, high level overview of academic experience (my teaching post), publications, education and professional courses. I guess what does a "typical" academic CV look like?
On my CV I've listed multiple degrees, note my MBA as "expected Q4 2008", but otherwise education is summarised as degree, topic (e.g., "MSc Quantitative Finance, University of London, London, UK, 1998 -- dissertation focused on US Equity Markets micro structure."
) - for an academic CV would I expand markedly on this? Also, I've got a Management Accounting degree (CIMA) that I don't put on my CV as I really don't want to do that type of work. Include or not on an academic CV? And regarding my undergraduate degree - Math & Computer Science, which I took in 1980 back in The United States - how much detail to include?
Publications: I've reviewed galley proofs of several finance & economic books - include or not? And while I don't have anything as sole author in a peer reviewed journal, for the last five years of my banking career every position I held involved writing market commentary. My mandate (as I negotiated it) was very, very broad, and typically allowed me to touch upon topics either directly or indirectly impacting the market. Stuff I was interested in, first and foremost (FASB 157 which I've written about on Metafilter is an example). Distribution of this commentary reached three thousand at one institution, clearly valuable, but how to pitch for an academic CV?
Could anyone point me to a template or even a site where I can review academic CVs?
I've consistently gotten very high marks by students as I talk the lecture material then tell them how things really
work in the markets (and theory does in fact agree with practice at times). What is really driving this interest in pursing an academic position is the realisation that I love to help people understand the markets, and haven't undertaken my current lecturing job for the money. At all.
While I'm dedicated to taking a year off work I'd like to explore alternatives, and this seems viable.
Finally, I've already boosted my teaching hours at the University that currently employs me, and I'm curious about pursuing jobs at other institutions solely to get a better taste of life as an academic. Who knows, if things go well I may never return to banking.