Career Starter

The start of your career can be an exciting and confusing time. As an MBA student or graduate, you have spent valuable time gaining knowledge and skills in business that can be instrumental in starting your career. To maximize the value of your MBA, it is important that you have a plan on how to market these new skills successfully to potential employers. There is often a great amount of 'prep work' that is needed prior to executing your actual job search that will help position you as a stronger candidate and make you feel more confident about the career choices you make. This preparation can take several months so starting it as you begin the MBA Program, if not before, is crucial to your success.

One of the most critical steps for many is to take time to truly assess yourself - interests, motivators, strengths and weaknesses, personality and your current life situation. After having a clear picture of who you are as a professional and what you are truly looking for in a career, it is essential to begin your own research to identify careers that may be a best match. Upon creating a clear career objective and developing your own brand statement, you can now begin to create an actionable career search plan and putting it to work.

The staff of the Career Development Office can partner with you to develop a career plan that drives you to be more proactive in your approach to starting a career. We offer a variety of resources to help guide your journey - personal one-to-one coaching, professional development workshops, networking events and online career resources. We encourage you to explore these services as you prepare for your new future! To find out more about these services visit the CD Home Page.

Additionally, below are a number of articles that can provide great insight as you begin your career. Visit the links below to read more about the process and tips for success.


Managing Your Career: As an MBA student or graduate - you are inevitably at an important career decision stage. A positive and clear view about your future career must be the background against which you make any immediate job decisions. This article provides a look at ways in which you can take control of your own self-development.

Developing a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan: With any career decision, a strategic plan can prove valuable. This article shares insights to tasks involved in career planning - short term and long term. In addition it provides a number of helpful career resources and tools.