Highlight

Connections Count
How Career Development can help recent grads land great jobs

Image of Connections Count

by Marianne Skoczek

When a promised position with a major investment firm fell victim to the recession and was rescinded just after Daniel Hwang graduated in June, the new Full-Time MBA graduate turned to the School’s Career Development team.

Led by newly appointed Senior Director of Career Development Christine Dito, they helped Hwang land a plum position with GAP. Dito, the former manager of career recruiting programs at UC Davis, drew on her deep knowledge of career development, her extensive employer network—and the energy and tenacity required to help the School’s students find work experiences that match their long-term career goals.

“Chris provided a lot of advice about job-search strategy,” says Hwang. “She coached and conducted multiple practice interviews with me, and connected me with people at firms I was interested in—invaluable assistance in today’s ultra-competitive job market.”

Today, as a staff analyst in GAP’s Field Finance Department, Hwang helps manage and allocate payroll labor hours across GAP North America’s store fleet. “I help to ensure that stores have enough employees to provide a quality environment for customers, and that we hit our financial targets,” he explains.

“UC Davis MBAs are highly motivated, eager and hungry for opportunities,” says Dito, who applies her decade-long background in employer relations to bring students’ resumes before recruiters. “Often, just making sure their resume gets to the correct hiring manager is the helpful piece of the puzzle.” 

Developing relationships is key. In October, Dito accompanied more than 50 Daytime and Working Professional MBA students—along with Dean Steven Currall and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs James Stevens—to the National Society of Hispanic MBAs conference in Anaheim. University of California business schools were a lead sponsor of the annual event, which hosts recruiters from hundreds of top-tier companies.

Taking Dito’s advice to heart, the students networked with recruiters for firms both local and from across the country. Many secured interviews for internship or career positions in fields including finance, consumer products, sustainability, food and beverages, IT and health care.

The effort has already paid off richly for MBA student Laurie Grimsmann, who will begin her finance career at Intel Corp. upon graduation in June.

Comments

Post new comment

652244891545399 » If you have a visual disability, please type the numbers two one three three into the box. Your submission will be promptly reviewed by a validation service and sent to the site administrators.
By proving you are not a machine, you help us prevent spam and keep the site secure.

Commands

Twitter Feed

Loading tweets...

News Release

UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

Image of UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

News Release

UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

Image of UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

News Release

UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

Image of UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Spotlight Story

Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

Image of Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

Spotlight Story

MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

Image of MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT

Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.