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MIT Sloan provides a broad range of career development services to help students reach their professional goals. Through the Career Development Office (CDO), the School offers extensive resources to help students connect with companies, alumni, and business leaders, who can help guide you toward a rewarding careers.
During the academic year, the CDO sponsors a number of programs and seminars designed to help you develop skills and strategies that will assist you in setting and achieving your career goals.
Career Core, an integrated part of the first-semester Core, combines theory and practice to help you refine your career management skills before the recruiting period begins. Drawing on the strengths of both faculty and CDO staff, Career Core provides valuable experience in career planning, networking, persuasive communication, interviewing, and negotiation.
Exploring Career Options and Networking Events
CDO-sponsored corporate discussions, company presentations, expert panels, and other networking events provide a chance for you to explore many different industries, including those you may not have previously considered for a career. The CDO works to provide numerous opportunities for you to meet and interact with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and company representatives from all realms of the business world, in order to give you a broad range of options for making informed career decisions.
Career Resource Center
The Career Resource Center (CRC) offers an expansive collection of both print and electronic career-related resources, including numerous members-only online database and information systems. In addition to a variety of business periodicals and career-related books, the CRC has staff members who can help expedite your access to industry-specific resources.
Online Career Management Materials
The CDO offers a collection of electronic media containing valuable information on career exploration, career selection, and the job search and selection process. Upon matriculation, you can gain access to the CDO's My Sloan Web pages that link to a broad range of sources. In addition, MIT Sloan's Career Central keeps students up to date on career activities happening around campus, opportunities to apply for jobs, finding company contacts, and scheduling interviews.
Many top recruiters come to MIT Sloan to showcase their companies to students through formal presentations. These fall semester presentations provide a unique on-campus opportunity for you to network with local, national, and global corporate leaders.
On-Campus Recruiting Program
On-campus recruiting provides a convenient option for employers and students to connect face to face. MIT Sloan attracts an impressive range of well-known companies from many industries. The recruiting process gives you a chance to explore a variety of career opportunities in diverse fields, such as consulting, financial services, technology, operations, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
Interact with Companies through Club Activities
MIT Sloan students gain even more opportunities to interact and work with corporate leaders through involvement in club activities. These range from lunch-time or single-day events, such as guest speakers in classes or seminars, to more involved trips and treks, during which companies often host groups of visiting MIT students for events at their headquarters. Students involved with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the world-renowned MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition also have opportunities to engage and collaborate directly with entrepreneurial leaders.
The CDO works closely with student clubs to plan and coordinate high-impact visits to industry hotspots and meet with C-level executives at the companies that interest them most. Strong connections with our extensive alumni network are critical to the access and insight provided by these treks. Recent treks have explored a variety of industries — from technology to finance to entertainment — in destinations as diverse as New York City, Northern California, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and London.
Every April, the MIT Sloan Masters' Career Fair offers first and second-year students a unique opportunity to network and interview with leading recruiters in a single day.
Companies from around the globe send job postings to the CDO that span an array of industries, job functions, and geographic regions. Each year, almost 1,000 jobs — full-time, summer, and part-time — are posted on MIT Sloan's Career Central. Small and midsize companies often use MIT Sloan’s targeted job postings as a recruiting strategy, which has launched many beneficial relationships and successful careers.
MIT Sloan Alumni Network
MIT Sloan graduates have built a strong tradition of helping current students with career planning, networking, and job search activities. The MIT Sloan alumni network is more than 25,000 strong and serves as a lifelong resource for both students and graduates.
All students have access to our career education and advising services. Recruiting services are available to all students except those who have identified themselves as obligated to return to a company or sponsor for their internship(s), and/or after completing their degree.
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