"It's a meritocracy here. If you are passionate, if you are persistent, and you work really hard at something, you will be rewarded for it."
Build Your Network
More than 70 percent of executive and professional jobs are found by networking, which means that MIT Sloan alumni are extraordinarily well-positioned. The MIT Infinite Connection gives graduates instant access to over 23,500 MIT Sloan and over 128,000 MIT alumni living around the world, from Argentina to Zambia. The MIT Sloan Alumni Directory gives all MIT Sloan alumni and affiliates access to an ever-growing network of management leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. Affiliates are individuals who have completed their MBA programs under the auspices of MIT Sloan’s global collaboration with top universities in China, South Korea, and Portugal.
In addition to these directories we also recommend you tap into these networking sources:
Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN)
ICAN is an enhancement to the MIT alumni directory, whereby MIT and MIT Sloan alumni offer to be contacted by other alumni who are in networking mode. This resource can be especially helpful to those looking for domain knowledge in highly technical fields.
Alumni get involved in the operations of regional MIT alumni clubs and also the MIT Sloan alumni clubs. Through the clubs, alumni get an inside look at marketplace trends and opportunities from fellow alumni at all stages of their careers. To find an MIT Sloan alumni club, email MITSloanAlumniRelations@mit.edu.
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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.”
“During the mid-1980s there were only five women faculty, and we used to have regular dinners together. The number of female faculty members has greatly increased since then, and students will have several of us for classes in the first year.”