MBA Career Assistance
Working with Career Development
To set you up for success after your MBA degree, our career development team begins the process on day one. Below are the many components that are always on their radar.
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.
- 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 coaching tailored to your needs, including reviewing career goals and choices, cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn, and conducting mock interviews.
- Preparing for job 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.
- Employment reports – UC Davis MBA hire summaries by function, industry and location.
- eNewsletters – Information to succeed in today’s job market, including MBA-level job openings, national career fairs, vetted career related articles, and more.
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 help our international students navigate the process of summer internships and opening the door to hiring after graduation.
No two students entering our MBA program are 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 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
- Information sessions – The School organizes company information sessions and company visits for students to learn more about potential employers.
- National career fairs – Where all the big name companies attend.
- 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 – Your gold mine for connections.
- Career Development online handbook – All of the resources you need to conduct a self-directed job search.
- On-campus interviewing – The first step in an effective interview is analyzing the job qualifications and developing accomplishment stories from your background to show how you fit in.
Internships are an essential part of the MBA experience to hone new skills and try out possible career paths and companies. One hundred percent of our full-time students are placed into internships during the summer after their first year.
- 100% of students placed into an internship through our career services office.
- $5,815 average monthly salary for 2016
- Companies where interns worked include Autodesk, Intel, Mars, and Microsoft.
- Internships covered industries including finance, manufacturing, nonprofit, energy, healthcare, and technology.
- Internships covered functions including consulting, finance/accounting, general management, I.T., marketing/sales, and operations/logistics.
Get the support and activities to help you prepare for your internship. These include:
- Mock interviews with alumni, staff and current students
- 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
- Goal setting using 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