Career Development Office
The goal of the Career Development Office (CDO) is to help you develop the job search skills that will allow you to manage your career for life. 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.
On-campus recruiting is a powerful tool for both students and companies. At MIT Sloan, 60 percent of students accept full-time employment through on-campus recruiting, while almost 40 percent find their positions through alternate venues, including job postings, interaction with alumni, networking events, and other proactive search strategies.
In a typical MIT Sloan class, about 85 percent of 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 opportunities for MBAs while helping you understand the career-planning process — from analyzing your strengths, interests, and values to marketing yourself.
Career Core classes and seminars will help you polish your persuasive communication skills and hone your interviewing and negotiating skills. The CDO also offers practical self-assessment tools that can be particularly helpful if you are contemplating a major career change.
You will find a wide range of job search information through seminars, the Career Resource Center (CRC), and a number of members-only online information resources.
The CDO also helps you connect with career opportunities through on-campus recruiting, job postings, resume databases, the MIT Sloan alumni network, career fairs, and a variety of networking events.
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