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MBA Career Assistance

At the UC Davis Graduate School of Management School, you’ll find a vibrant, close-knit community where each student matters. Our Career Development team will work with you to pinpoint industries and companies you’re excited about and connect you with those employers. Our dedicated team is ready to help you with career management tools, coaching and resources.

Career Development Programming

  • We have built strong, enduring relationships with a broad network of more than 600 top corporations that know the quality of our graduates. This network continues to expand to reflect emerging growth industries and students’ interests.
  • Webinar series and career management workshops on topics such as self-assessment, networking and interviewing.
  • Web-based self-assessment tools to assess your interests, values, talents, activities, and environments that motivate you.
  • Career development programming on topics such as investigating industries and job functions, leveraging social media and developing a personalized marketing message.
  • Career advisers who can provide function-specific coaching to students on cover letters, resumes, and conducting mock interviews.
  • Coaching tailored on your needs, including reviewing career goals and choice, preparing for interviews, and negotiating offers.
  • Customized programming and support for international students.

Career Development Tools and Resources

You will receive the essential tools you will need to help you in your career research of industries, companies, and contacts.

  • Resume referral – Our team directly supplies companies with resume books of qualified candidates.  AT&T, Gap, and Nike are some of the major companies that have used our resume books.
  • Employment reports – Summaries include the last five years of UC Davis MBA hires by function, industry and location.
  • e-Newsletters – Give you the information to succeed in today’s job market.

International Students

We are here to help with the needs of our international students. We help address areas of common anxiety including: norms in U.S. business culture; expectations and culture in a UC Davis MBA class; and team project expectations through workshops, webinars, and career development tools that include:

  • Written and language proficiency evaluations
  • Bi-weekly communication workshops
  • Writing seminars
  • Resume & cover letter workshops & webinars
  • Mock interviews
  • Coffee bar chats
  • Individualized instruction through counseling appointments
  • Cultural understanding seminars of U.S. behaviors, expectations, and business culture

We also partner with Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) to assist our International students navigate the process of summer internships and opening the door to hiring after graduation. 

Career Placement

No two students entering our MBA program are exactly alike and graduates have pursued a wide variety of business careers. The question is not “What are the best MBA jobs?” but “What is the best career for you?” Whether you want to start own business in the Silicon Valley or join a Fortune 500 firm, our Career Development team will help you stand out in the ultra-competitive business world.

Making Connections As a Student

  • The School organizes company information sessions and company visits so students can learn more about potential employers
  • National career fairs
  • Case interviews – a complete guide for effective interviewing that will test your analytical skills, your ability to take data and in a structured manner, derive a conclusion
  • Alumni network
  • Career Development handbook – The first step in an effective interview is analyzing the job qualifications and developing accomplishment stories from your background to show how you fit.
  • Networking and elevator pitches
  • On-campus interviewing

Internships

Internships are an essential part of the MBA experience because you can hone new skills and try out a possible career paths and companies. One hundred percent of our Full-Time students are placed into internships during the summer after their first year.

Internship Profile

  • 100% of students placed into an internship through our career services office.
  • $5,459 average monthly salary for 2013
  • Companies where interns worked include Genentech, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, and the Walt Disney Co.
  • Internships covered industries including consulting, finance, accounting, general management information technology, marketing, logistics, and operations.
  • Internships covered functions including consulting, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, media, nonprofit, energy, biotech, healthcare, and technology.

Internship Preparations

Get the support and activities to help you prepare for your internship. These include:

  • Mock interviews with alumni, staff and current students
  • A two-week orientation, organized by Career Development, where alumni and other top professionals share experiences about their career paths and current roles
  • A curriculum that allows you to choose elective courses to help you succeed at the next level
  • Access to corporate events
  • Student mentors who provide career advice and information about what to expect during an internship
  • Career development and self-assessment guidelines
  • Career Leader online assessment
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Goal setting
  • SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) & gap analyses
  • Expert speakers in job search, social media, case study interview prep, storytelling and professional etiquette

Your Journey As An Alumnus

True career management is a lifelong process and the Graduate School of Management is committed to assisting you in your professional growth. Some of the ways we are helping our alumni include:

  • Online alumni directory – search for alumni by graduation year, location, company, industry or job function. Customize your record to show the pieces of information you want seen.
  • LinkedIn group – stay connected with your classmates, fellow colleagues and faculty
  • Alumni on the move – alumni share their latest career accomplishments, promotions, awards, accolades or career switch
  • Access to our alumni online job postings
  • Alumni networking groups
  • Monthly e-Newsletter

MBA CAREER EMPLOYMENT

Highlights:

  • 95% of our graduates accepted a position within three months of graduation.
  • Average total compensation for the Class of 2013 was $88,301.
  • Average signing bonus was $8,762, and ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

View the Full 2013 Career Placement Report (PDF)

Helping Our Graduates Realize their Potential

Employment by Industry

 

Industry

 

Consulting 8%
Consumer Products 24%
Financial Services 3%
Manufacturing 8%
Non-Profit 3%
Other 5%
Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare 11%
Technology 38%

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