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Even after you’ve stepped off the stage with diploma in hand, the hard work of an MBA continues. Despite the massive advantages an MBA can provide for those entering the job market, the process of searching for and applying to jobs—not to mention finding your dream job—can often be as much as hard work as earning the degree itself.
If Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Garner can’t convince you, let it be known that the cat’s out of the bag on Capital One as a fantastic place for MBA graduates to hang their hats.
At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 90.7 percent of 2016 MBA students had a job offer at graduation; 98.4 percent had a job offer by three months post graduation. And it’s no surprise. Not only is the Booth School ranked as one of the top names in MBA education by Bloomberg, U.S News, Financial Times, and The Economist, but as a university, it places a high emphasis on career services. Continue reading…
Experienced managers with an eye for sustainability should take note of the Saturday Master of Business Administration (SMBA) degree at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) business school. Focusing on sustainable practices for both domestic and international businesses, the CSULB SMBA gives management students a more direct path towards future business success.
Wilfrid Laurier University offers some of the top student career services model among universities in Canada, according to a recent independent study. The study, conducted by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counseling (CERIC), reviewed colleges and universities across Canada to see which had an “impressive” model of career service. They looked at universities that: evaluated services regularly, measured outcomes, delivered proactively and collaborated extensively with campus stakeholders. Wilfrid Laurier emerged with the highest score. Continue reading…
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Risk is a part of every business. No company would exist without someone at some point taking calculated career risks to turn their vision into reality. Without these people, nothing would ever improve, and the world wouldn’t get better. However, for most people, responsibility takes precedence over innovation. But it doesn’t have to. There’s a way to “balance both thinking with an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset and successfully changing your career outlook, while simultaneously making sure you don’t throw everything away,” explains the Point Loma Nazarene University blog. It’s all about learning how to take calculated risks. Continue reading…
A recent Career Day event at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business gave students the opportunity to hear from and meet directly with industry leaders and UST alumni, showcasing just how far a Cameron degree can take you.
Now that winter break is officially over; it’s time to get back to work and back to school. We hope you spent the break productively, but if you didn’t, don’t worry the new semester is still a perfect time to shape up. And, according to Laura Henshaw (Co-op Coordinator at the Ted Rogers School of Management Business Career Hub), there are two things that you should do: tidy up your social media and expand your network. Continue reading…
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business honored two EMBA alumni last month whose careers serve as testaments to the school’s power to integrate business and the sciences.
Columbia Business School recently published an article by Winged Keel Group President Alexander Tuff ’03 that offers millennials useful tips for navigating decisions that “will affect what you’ll do and where you’ll live for your entire career.”
An MBA program that spends all of its time and effort only in the classroom is one that may leave its students at a disadvantage. The truth is that it’s the hands-on and out-of-class experiences that make the biggest impression on MBAs, and that’s exactly why McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin takes their MBA students on career treks every year.
These treks, led by the Texas MBA Career and Management team, take MBAs to various cities and companies around the nation for a unique learning opportunity. During each trek, MBA students learn more in-depth information about their favorite industries and corporations through presentations, Q&A sessions and networking opportunities. And so far, the treks have been a huge success. Continue reading…
When getting your MBA, it’s easy to get caught up in the herd mentality. With hoards of classmates heading off to meet with top consulting firms or pursuing careers in investment banking, it can be tempting to simply go with the flow. But while many business school students do choose careers in finance or consulting, those industries are not your only options.
Tech opportunities are exploding in a big way. In fact, 12 percent of MBAs accepted a job in the industry in 2015, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) annual Global Management Education Graduate Survey Report.
Why Is Tech Hot?
According to GMAC, 52 percent of tech companies plan to increase the number of MBAs they’ll hire in 2016. In fact, nine out of 10 technology companies will hire an MBA to fill positions in business development, marketing and sales, and more.
Beyond hiring, corporations like Facebook, Google and Apple have taken over their respective markets and built strong user bases that set them apart. According to Fortune, the tech giants Apple and Google are the most admired and valuable companies in the world.
Simply put, the technology sector is booming, and not since the dot-com era has it ever been a more attractive place to work.
Choosing a Career in Tech
According to Jeremy Schifeling, an MBA graduate out of the Ross School of Business and the founder of Breakinto.tech, there are only two things that really matter when choosing your career in tech post-MBA.
- The work that you’re doing.
- The environment that you’re doing it in (people + culture).
So, how do you choose a career in tech after your MBA? The key is to match up your roles and skills with their corresponding functions in tech. Schifeling breaks down five skills outside of the tech industry and how they translate into a tech job.
|Skills Outside Tech||Job Function in Tech|
|Strategy + Analysis||BizOps, Research, Analytics|
|Financial + Accounting||Finance, CorpDev|
|Built Products + Code||PM, Project, Operations|
|Persuasion + Influence||Marketing, Sales, BizDev|
|Built Teams + Culture||HR, Customer Success|
Now that you know which tech job best fits your skills, it’s about finding the right organization for you. There are a few things to consider within the tech industry:
- The size of the company: Do you want to work for a corporate giant like Amazon or a small startup?
- Time at the office: Unlike many other industries, tech tends to be a little more flexible. It’s possible to get a tech job that lets you spend more time at home. Is that what you want or do you want to travel and spend your time in the office?
What MBA Skills Translate Best to Tech?
The reality is that most of the skills you’ll learn in your MBA will be crucial to the tech and startup industry, Adam Enbar (an MBA and co-founder and CEO of Flatiron School) told Quora. Nowadays, tech companies aren’t necessarily successful because of pure technological innovation. Instead, tech companies are successful because they’ve learned how to use existing technology in smart and innovative ways to meet the needs of their customers.
The reason MBAs are so valuable is because most graduates are business leaders who know how to spot opportunities to apply technology in new ways. MBAs also have the skills necessary to develop sales and marketing programs to help garner customers. Finally, MBAs have unique access to their schools’ networks and brands, which provides opportunities for funding, mentorship, future employees and more.
Best Tech-Focused MBA Programs
If you’re considering going into tech after your MBA, where should you go to school? CIO ranked the Top 10 Technology MBA Programs in America. We’ve briefly outlined that list below. And for even more guidance on best MBA programs for tech, don’t miss this Clear Admit article, “Tops for Tech: The Best Business Schools for a Career in Technology.”
- MIT Sloan School of Management: The school offers courses such as “Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy” and “Generating Business Value in IT.”
- Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business: MBAs can earn an MBA with a specialization in technology leadership in tandem with a degree in computer science.
- UT Austin McCombs School of Business: Students can take advantage of an MBA concentration in information systems.
- University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management: The school offers a technology-focused MBA concentration.
- University of Arizona Eller College of Management: MBAs can choose the Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration.
- NYU Stern School of Business: Among the school’s many specializations is one in Management Information Technology and Operations.
- Stanford Graduate School of Business: The MBA program focuses on alternative education methods and offers an array of electives in operations, information and technology.
- University of Maryland Smith School of Business: MBA candidates can concentrate in information systems, operations management or business analytics.
- The Wharton School: The MBA program allows students to focus on operations and information management and specialize in systems.
- Arizona State University Carey School of Business: MBAs can concentrate in information systems.
The Berkeley-Haas School of Business recently published an article written by James Daly about a new study that makes a case for the necessity of leaders with “cross-sector careers” — that span the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors — to handle “the complex leadership challenges of modern organizations.”
Good news if you’re a student at DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business: According to the 2015 Postgraduate Outcomes Summary released by the DePaul Career Center, 94 percent of the school’s 2014-15 graduates are either employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment. Continue reading…
Two noted researchers from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Berkeley-Haas) recently published a study on the advantages of a cross-sector career.
The MBA application essay; it’s the most feared part of most applications. Whether you have to write 1,000 words or just 500, saying everything you need to say in a concise, intelligent, and appropriate manner isn’t easy. In fact, it can be incredibly frustrating. And while every school asks different essay questions, there’s one question you’re almost guaranteed to see, “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA career coals and how will School X help you achieve these goals?” Continue reading…
A career in human resource management is a wise choice.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HR industry will experience 9% growth by 2024 — 2% greater than the 7% national industry average. And while it’s a job market that’s experiencing faster than average growth, it’s also competitive, and that’s why an MBA is so valuable. Continue reading…