“The CDO gives a better idea of what exactly is out there. Not just what jobs are out there, but who is actually hiring.”
Career Development Office
The goal of the Career Development Office (CDO) is to help you build the job search skills that will allow you to manage your career for life. In creating an effective job search strategy, you will 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, but it isn’t the path for everyone. At MIT Sloan, the majority of MFin students find their positions through a variety of channels, including job postings, interaction with alumni, networking events, and other proactive search strategies.
The CDO offers many programs and resources specifically geared to students' needs. Career Core exposes MFin students to the current job market and opportunities. It also provides insights into the career-planning process—from analyzing your strengths, interests, and values to learning how to market yourself. These and other 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 to students at the initial stages of their career exploration process. Students have access to a wide range of job search information through seminars, the Career Resource Center, and a number of members-only online information resources.
"The classroom itself is filled with so much collective brain power . . . it's obvious that I'm caught up in a room full of 124 of the brightest, most curious people from around the world."
“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.”
“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 concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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."
“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.”