Careers Support

Careers at the ICMA Centre

The ICMA Centre has a dedicated careers service available year round to support students and alumni.

We want our students to take ownership of their careers: to be independent, resilient and resourceful. Research tell us that people who actively manage their careers are more likely to be successful and to find their work fulfilling.

We develop this approach in our students by offering them unlimited 1:1 appointments with careers consultants, hosting employer events, supporting students with their applications and running workshops where students learn important skills.

We continue to offer support to our students once they graduate, helping recent alumni make the transition into the workplace and succeed in their new career.

The Team

As well as being qualified coaches and careers professionals, the team have extensive financial services industry experience at firms such as Citi, RBS, BNY Mellon and Fintech startups.

Dan Kiernan – Lead Careers Consultant for ICMA Centre

  • Certified coach
  • 6 years in a London based fintech start-up, helping financial advisors understand alternative investments
  • 10 years at BNY Mellon as an operations manager, managing teams in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Pune, India

Ebru Altinors – Sessional Careers Consultant, 2 days a week during autumn term

  • Certified coach and training facilitator
  • Works with students at Henley, LSE and Lancaster University
  • 19 years in transactional and relationship banking, of which 14 were at Citi (across Turkey, London and Dubai)

Stephanie Shaw – Careers Consultant, Henley Business School

  • Coach, facilitator and trainer
  • Background in organisational psychology
  • 10 years in retail and commercial banking at RBS

1:1 Appointments

If students want 1:1 careers support on any topic – how to write a CV and cover letter, where to apply for jobs, how to network, what working in finance is like, how to develop the skills they need – they can book an appointment to see either Dan, Ebru or Stephanie. Appointments are 30 minutes long, completely confidential and students are entitled to as many as they feel they need.


We host employer presentations throughout the autumn and spring terms, and our flagship event is Industry Insights, the ICMA Centre’s programme of talks that give students the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders. Last year we included speakers from Investment Banking, Investment Management, Fintech, Trading and Social Impact Investing as well as many other sectors.

We also host a series of webinars with our recent alumni, giving students the opportunity to hear about the career journeys of people who were in their place only a short while ago.


We run a programme of workshops and webinars that help students understand how the financial services industry works, what their potential career paths are and where they might fit it based on their preferences, current levels of knowledge and experience, and their strengths and weaknesses.

We also run workshops to help students acquire skills that make them more recruitable, such as how to write an application or how to prepare for an interview; and workshops on skills that make them more employable, such as teamwork, project management or presentation skills.

In addition, students at the ICMA Centre have access to the wider programme of support offered by both the Henley Business School Careers Service and University of Reading Careers Service.


We want our students to go on and build successful careers, and we focus on giving them exposure to industry and the opportunity to mix with practitioners from financial services. We do this through various programmes of guest lectures, talks and employer presentations. 

Some students can also include unpaid summer internships as a course module. We also have a large number of international students who graduate September, and under the terms of their visa are available for full time work from September until June the following year. Many of these students are interested in obtaining some short term work experience in this period before they return to their home countries.

If you are interested in participating, either by delivering a talk or promoting work-based learning opportunities to our students, than please get in touch with Dan Kiernan, the lead careers consultant at the ICMA Centre on


Contact Us

If you have any questions about careers, email Dan on