"You can literally walk into any laboratory or any office at MIT – any part of MIT – and ask, 'What are you guys doing?' ”
A lifelong connection
MIT Sloan graduates have a strong tradition of engaging with and assisting current students. As advisors, they help guide students through their MIT Sloan experience and counsel them on future plans. As guest speakers, alumni enliven campus discussions and conferences, sharing real-world experiences and their expertise. As an integral part of the annual trips and treks, alumni arrange for industry tours and host receptions for visiting students.
MIT Sloan's MBA is a two-year program, but the connections students build last a lifetime. MIT Sloan graduates leave with myriad professional skills and personal growth experiences that prepare them to take on future challenges. In addition, they are automatically connected to a network of more than 23,500 MIT Sloan alumni and over 128,000 MIT alumni — successful leaders and innovators in a broad spectrum of industries and fields worldwide. In more than 75 MIT Alumni Association Clubs (in over 40 countries) around the world, fellow alumni foster close connections to one another and to MIT Sloan.
More than 3,000 MIT and MIT Sloan alumni across wide-ranging fields have volunteered to share their wealth of experience as advisors. The Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN) connects these alumni for networking purposes with current students and other alumni. ICAN is a supercharged version of the alumni directory, making it an incredibly powerful resource.
Alumni also have access to a rich set of services.
The MIT Sloan Career Development Office (CDO) provides one-on-one consultations and coaching to help you gain insights on your career path, focus on areas of strength or concern, and get the advice you need to recalibrate, redirect, or recommit your professional energies. Whether in person, on-campus, or by telephone, these strictly confidential sessions are scheduled in advance and are free of charge.
Online Alumni Resources
MIT Sloan alumni who are actively engaged in a job search may take advantage of a rich array of online resources. The MIT Sloan Experienced Hire/Alumni Job Board features job postings from employers who are specifically seeking MIT Sloan alumni and use the Job Board to identify candidates with particular backgrounds or interests. Alumni can upload profiles and resumes in this private professional network.
In addition, MIT Sloan partners with the European-based MBA-Exchange, an international marketplace that connects the best business talent with career opportunities worldwide. MBA-Exchange also hosts its own international Job Board for top-tier overseas business schools.
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“MIT Sloan is a serious research environment, and that reverberates in the classroom. Students are eager to participate in research, not just review finished case studies. They have the opportunity to see research unfold.”