Prospective Student FAQ, Part II: Careers

I’m on a mission to answer the most frequently asked questions that prospective students have about Booth! In my last post, I addressed questions related to Chicago living. In this post, I will tackle an area of great importance to most future MBAs: getting a job.

How do students interact with career services?

Career services delivers comprehensive programming that helps students and alumni meet their career goals. You can read more about the services they offer on their website, but I would like to share some of my career services experiences with you because I think my experiences are fairly typical.

Career services has a nine week training program that begins during orientation. Each week, my classmates and I met with career services for three hours and learned valuable information on topics such as determining career goals, networking, and writing cover letters. For me, the most important of these meetings focused on clarifying my career goals. Without these meetings, I would be focusing on a career path that’s not right for me.

For many students, interviewing is the most stressful part of the recruiting process. Luckily, Career Services hosts Winterview and the Interview Training Program (ITP) each year to help students prepare. During Winterview, an all-day event, students work with staff and second year students to improve their interviewing skills. During ITP, second year students host mock interviews designed to be very similar to actual internship interviews. I gained feedback through these programs that helped me improve my interviewing skills. Plus, the fact that I had to practice interviewing in front of other people made me realize that I had a lot more practicing to do!

Finally, I have worked closely with a career coach in my full-time job search. I meet with the same coach every two weeks to discuss my career goals and how I plan on accomplishing these goals. She is great at offering insight into my search process, directing me to career resources, and helping me build my network.

Where do Boothies work post-MBA?

Booth’s employment report is available to the public and provides information about internships and post-MBA employment (e.g., salaries, location), but I will summarize some of the more general trends here.

The majority of Booth graduates remain in the U.S. following graduation, although Latin America, Asia, and Europe are well represented destinations. For students who remain in the U.S., Chicago is the most popular destination followed by New York City and the Bay area.

The most popular post-MBA function for Booth graduates is finance. Within finance, investment banking is the most common function, followed by investment management/research. Consulting is the second most popular function with firms like McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Accenture, and Deloitte Consulting hiring multiple graduates. Other functions, including marketing and general management, are also common post-MBA career paths. Financial services, consulting, and technology are the most popular industries.

If you have any career questions that you would like answered, feel free to post them in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you! In my next post, I will address frequently asked Booth academic questions. If you have any questions you would like me to answer in that post, also let me know! Finally, I highly recommend our interactive online chats to learn more about the Booth Experience.

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