Career Development Will Help You Get Ready to Engage
Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School of Management! We are excited to be a partner in helping you achieve your career goals. Your decision to pursue an MBA is a clear statement of your desire to challenge yourself personally and professionally.
The academic component of the degree is intellectually rigorous and designed to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. The career development component of the program is equally rigorous and challenging, with research, writing, activities and events designed to prepare you for the critical next steps toward expanding your professional network, exploring new industries and functions, testing new skills and abilities, and ultimately securing an exciting new position.
We look forward to working with you!
Senior Director, Career Development
Meet the Team
Since January 2006 Angel has counseled over 600 MBA students and alumni at UC Davis Graduate School of Management. She provides professional career counseling to the Part-time Students in the Bay Area and Sacramento Programs. Cornerstone to her success is the remote style of counseling she pioneered for the busy schedules of the part time populations: a highly effective system of counseling that takes each client through every step of the career development process, including self assessment, marketing materials, networking strategies, job search, interviewing and negotiations.
Lisa provides primary administrative support for Career Services, including assisting with career fairs, setting up workshops, coordinating Career Services mailings and the weekly newsletter.
Lisa is responsible for technical, analytical and operational support for Career Development. She manages multiple databases and tools to provide accurate and efficient data collection and reporting.
Make a Habit of Your Career Search
To get the most out of your MBA investment, and to be in a position to take advantage of career development opportunities throughout your MBA program, it is important right now to integrate career development activities into your daily, weekly and monthly routines.
Here are four activities you can incorporate into your daily and weekly routine prior to beginning your MBA program:
Engage Your Current Professional Network
Current colleagues, co-workers, mentors and supervisors can be wonderful resources about YOU, as a professional and colleague. Contact individuals in your network who know you well and seek their feedback and insights about your skills, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Incorporating this information into your thought process will help you craft your resume, write a professional profile, establish your career goals and formulate a job search plan.
Update Your Resume
Take another look at your resume. Make sure it is current and accurately reflects your professional experience to date. Updating your resume while all of your current professional roles and responsibilities are fresh in your mind will save you time at orientation, and help you get the most out of your Career Launch Advising Session.
Refresh Your Online PresenceTake time to review all of the different places you and your profile exist online. Be sure to carefully vet your profile. Refresh your profile to make sure it is current and accurately reflects who you are as an individual and as a professional.
Prepare an Elevator Pitch About YouThe ability to talk about one’s skills, abilities, interests and goals in a concise, persuasive and easy-going manner takes knowledge of self, focus, and practice – lots of practice. Use this helpful, interactive guide from Harvard Business School to build your pitch!
Prepare for Orientation
Orientation begins in July with a specific focus on career development. At orientation you will meet classmates, faculty and staff, and will get acquainted with the Graduate School of Management and UC Davis communities. At orientation you will also begin the important career development work necessary for a successful job search.
In order to get the most out of orientation, and to be able to take advantage of the full range of services and opportunities offered by the Career Development Office, make sure you complete each of the following before arriving on campus this July: