Post # 1
Hi ladies. I’m about to finish classes for my MBA in November and them I’m cut free into the job market to find a job or internship. I’m having trouble with what is are good starting jobs for those with MBAs which will allow me to advance fast.
To give an idea of my background and what I want to do:I don’t want to work in finance or accounting. I’d prefer marketing of some sort. I would also really like a job that would allow me to travel internationally. My dream job would be to work in sponsorship of international sporting events – but I realize this would not be a place to start right out of school. I did work for awhile before getting my MBA so I have some relevant experience, although I wasn’t working in marketing.
So, where did you start after you finished your MBA? How long ago was that and where are you now? Do you travel for work? If you are someone that does hiring what do you look for in new MBA grads?
Post # 3
I’m bumping this up because I know you ladies are out there – just really busy. I’m feeling lost and I’m so close to the end of school I need some advice to push through.
Post # 4
I’m having a hard time finding a job that takes my MBA into account, especially in this economy. I’m in a starting position with the government and looking to see what else I can get into.
Post # 5
I got my law degree and MBA at the same time, but started out of school as a business analyst in a business development department. It was a great way to use all the MBA skills. A little accounting/finance involved in forecasting and analyzing the health of the companies I was researching, but a lot of it was marketing/strategic ops, too. You have to look at what differentiates that company from the competition, how it’s products/services are meeting the consumers needs, the corporate culture and management strategies, etc. It also can involve traveling if when doing due diligence work or listening to presentations from companies. I worked for a pharmaceutical company, so we were looking for new products (involved some science research, which was a nice challenge), companies to partner with, sources of fundraising (got to dig into our own products for presentations to other groups), and merger/buyout opportunities.
The size of the company/type of company you work for determines the corporate ladder potential. I was in a small company/small department with in-house operations, so there was me, a supervisor, and then the CEO. Not much climbing potential. However, if you worked for a larger analyst firm/contract due diligence company, then you’re going to have more associate-manager-director-VP-P climbing potential. Pay is decent, too, with bigger cities having more jobs and higher salaries.
When looking for candidates, the most important bit is that the person have an understanding of the industry. For example, with pharmaceuticals, you have to know about the life cycle of a product, the stages of development, the purchasing power of the consumer, the main players in the industry, and pertinent government regulations, etc. I am sure each industry has it’s own quirks that you would want to know about before going into an interview.
I am now working as general counsel, so I’ve shifted slightly from the business side, although I still use my MBA-training frequently when deciding about corporate structures and conducting due diligence from the legal end.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
I have my MBA, but my career focus has been in accounting/finance. However, I am currently managing financial system projects and implementations…my title is Systems Manager because it involves researching new products, working with vendors/contracts, managing the projects, organization change management, communication plans, supervising business analyts, etc.