"In Innovation Teams, a cross-functional group of students from across MIT get pitched MIT-based technologies by those who need help commercializing and developing their business models."
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 120,000 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“By training tomorrow’s leaders to manage the risks of the financial system effectively and ethically, we’ll have a fighting chance of surviving even the largest crises.”