"The Core was intense. But I feel that I came out of it a better person. Now I feel really equipped to take on all sorts of activities."
Our ongoing commitment
MIT Sloan provides several resources to help you develop the job search skills and the contacts that will allow you to manage your career for life. You will begin building essential career management skills in the first semester through Career Core — a comprehensive career curriculum delivered in partnership with the Communications and Organizational Processes faculty. During the academic year, the Career Development Office (CDO) also sponsors a number of programs designed to help you develop skills and strategies that will assist you in setting and achieving your career goals. Personlized advising is available to all students throughout your two years here and beyond.
In building an effective job search strategy, you will likely pursue many different channels, including on-campus recruiting, job postings, networking, referrals, alumni contacts, and career fairs. The CDO works to give students numerous opportunities to meet and interact with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and company representatives from all realms of the business world. With this broad exposure, students gain an understanding of industries that they may not have previously considered for a career. The CDO also works with student clubs to help plan and coordinate highly interactive group visits, or "career treks," to industry hotspots.
On-campus recruiting is a powerful tool for both students and companies. At MIT Sloan, 60 percent of students typically accept full-time employment through on-campus recruiting, while 40 percent find positions through alternate venues, including job postings, alumni contacts, networking events, and other search strategies.
MIT Sloan attracts recruiting companies from a variety of industries and specialties, including consulting, corporate finance, investment banking, investment management, telecommunications, technology, energy, diversified pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
In an average MIT Sloan class, about 85 percent of the students plan to use their degree to change careers, and the CDO offers many programs and resources specifically geared to their needs. Career Core exposes you to the current job market and specific opportunities for MBAs, while helping you to understand the career-planning process — such as how to analyze your strengths, interests, and values in order to effectively market your skills.
The CDO also holds student seminars to help graduate candidates polish their persuasive communication skills and hone their interviewing and negotiating skills. You can access practical self-assessment tools, which can be particularly helpful if you are contemplating a major career change.
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“In Chinese culture, we have this saying, ‘drink the water and contemplate the source.’ I think very frequently of … when my intellectual mind was completely turned on by the groundbreaking work accomplished by Merton, Black, and Scholes at MIT Sloan.”