There are a number of reasons why students enter into MBA programs, including to further career advancement opportunities, launch fresh career paths and start new businesses. However for many, the future is less certain and the MBA program offers an important opportunity to reflect upon career goals and investigate career paths of interest. Here are a few commonly asked questions from prospective students regarding their careers post-MBA:
- What are the job prospects for an Alberta MBA grad?
The MBA equips students with business knowledge, a business network and improved critical thinking skills. Graduates can take their careers in many different directions post-MBA. The specific job function, industry and seniority level an individual will pursue or achieve after the MBA depends upon the combination of their previous work experience, interests and the level of effort put into developing marketable business skills (technical and behavioural), business relationships and a strong personal brand.
- How easy/hard is it to change industries or job functions?
Changing industries, and especially changing job functions, requires significant effort. Students wishing to do this will need to treat the combination of classroom learning along with research, self-discovery, networking, personal brand development and the job search as a job itself in order to be successful in making the change. This means dedicating significant hours per week with the combination of coursework and other personal/professional development activities. Students who take ownership and initiative and treat their career planning and development, not just their job search, as an ongoing process throughout their degree are consistently successful in making this kind of change.
- What support does the Career Management Centre offer?
All students are encouraged to work with the Career Management Centre to develop a customized career development plan, which will include a combination of:
- Career Strategy: Short and long term goal setting and labour market interpretation
- Job Search: Resumes, cover letters, mock interviews and offer support
- Career Development: Self-assessment, career advising, mentorship and coaching
- Personal Brand Development: Professionalism, relationship management and social media
- Networking: Campus recruitment, career treks and trips, information sessions and events