Career Roadmaps

MIT Sloan offers a wide variety of career roadmaps that can guide you through the curriculum and help you to focus on the best course for your chosen career. If you’re undecided about which path is right for you, our career resources can help you to narrow your choices.

Careers in Strategic Management and Consulting

Consultants and CEOs are generalists at heart. They need broad and deep expertise in the fields of finance, accounting, operations, quantitative mathematics, and leadership. With well over 30 courses directly applicable to consulting and strategic management, MIT Sloan consistently produces leaders in this field.

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Careers in Energy

In 2005, MIT President Susan Hockfield announced a new energy initiative, saying that the Institute had a responsibility to address the world's energy problems. Today, energy education at MIT Sloan leverages the cutting-edge initiatives that are ongoing throughout MIT to connect students interested in energy with one another, and offers individual courses focusing on the energy industry.

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Careers in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is about pursuing opportunities beyond the resources at hand. It is a state of mind — a desire and passion for change and for making things happen. Entrepreneurs are pioneers and innovators building new businesses from scratch or working within their organizations to create new opportunities. MIT Sloan offers a wide variety of entrepreneurship electives, covering such areas as Developmental Entrepreneurship, Energy Ventures, Corporate Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship.

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Careers in Finance

At the crossroads of economics, strategy, and accounting, finance is the study of how firms and individuals allocate fixed and monetary resources over time and under uncertain conditions.

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Careers in Health

Whether you are interested in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare, or life sciences, MIT Sloan offers a variety of industry-specific knowledge and resources. Students benefit not only from the insight of our outstanding faculty and healthcare-related courses, but also from our vast alumni network and our proximity to the innovative industry community in Cambridge and Boston.

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Careers in Marketing

Marketing takes many different forms, depending on the industry. But what all marketing positions share is the sense of ownership over a product or service, as well as the ability to understand customer needs and desires — and to translate those needs into product development, marketing communications, advertising campaigns, and sales efforts.

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Careers in Operations Management

Operations Management (OM) relates to the production of goods and services and encompasses the entire value chain, from concept through delivery. OM embraces approaches that maximize stakeholder value throughout the value chain.

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Careers in Sustainability and Social Impact

Sustainability and social impact initiatives target the way that for-profit and not-for-profit businesses view, use, and manage resources. Their ultimate goal is to enable people, communities, businesses, organizations, and the planet to flourish, while taking an in-depth, integrated look at current structural models. By incorporating social equity, economic development, and environmental restoration at all levels, such initiatives capitalize on existing and emerging opportunities for greater long-term benefit. At MIT Sloan, students find the resources and knowledge to learn how to start or lead sustainable and socially responsible organizations.

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General Management

A general manager focuses on the strategic decisions that influence the business and the broad set of stakeholders that have a vested interest in the firm's success. The company's general management or executive team sets the business strategy by deciding which products the firm will produce, which markets it will pursue, and how new investments will be financed.

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INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“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.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
MBA
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“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.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“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!”

Libby Putman
MBA
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
SF
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
MBA
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“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.”

Ian Lavery
MBA
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“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.”

Ted Chan
MBA
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“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.”

Krishna Venugopalan
SF
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“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.”

Katie Baron
MBA
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"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."

Ramy Hakim
MBA
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"This year we were so fortunate to have 26 nationalities. So it was amazing exposure. I feel much more well rounded as a global business maker than I was before."
Abner Oliviera
SF
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “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.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“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.”

Kelsey McCarty
MBA
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“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.”

Anne Reilly
MBA
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“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.”

Lia Cavalcante
MBA
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The project was really interesting because the scope changed a lot. We started focusing in one goal, then we changed to another, then we changed to another, all before we even left Cambridge."
Gerardo Guzman
MBA
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“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.”

Natanel Barookhian
MBA
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “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.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“[LGO students] get the advantage of a small cohort. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program. They’re part of the core program that meets every fall, they’re part of the engineering committee; they get the benefits of both the larger community and the small cohort.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations

“I find the students to be very interested, engaged, and valuable in terms of what they bring to the classroom. Because of their diversity and their own work experiences, they bring a unique perspective to the class work.”

- Denise Lewin Loyd
Sloan School Career Development Professor