Career Development and Transitions
Do I need to know what job I want before I start?
No, it is quite common for MBA students to go through a "discovery period" during their first quarter. In addition to your core courses, you'll have the opportunity to sit in on company presentations, talk to second year students, network with alumni and Executive Mentors, and work with career advisors to help you make your decision.
Do MBA Career Connections help MBA students change careers?
In a typical Rady class, about 85 percent of students plan to use their degree to change careers, and the MBA Career Connections offers many programs and resources specifically geared to their needs. Career Panels and Rady@Work Groups expose you to the current job market and opportunities for MBAs while helping you understand the career-planning process — from analyzing your strengths, interests, and values to marketing yourself. The MBA Career Connections Team also offers practical self-assessment tools that can be particularly helpful if you are contemplating a major career change.
How does MBA Career Connections help students with their job search?
You will find a wide range of job search information through seminars, career fairs, individual coaching, Rady@Work Group Coaching, and a number of members-only online information resources. MBA Career Connections also helps you connect with career opportunities through on-campus recruiting, job postings, resume databases, the Rady alumni network, career fairs, and a variety of networking events.
At what point in the program do students begin to engage with the Career Connections team?
Even before you arrive on campus, MBA Career Connections begins working with you. We send out information well in advance of your arrival to begin framing your initial steps in making a new career transition. We also have robust pre-term orientation careers sessions that continue into the fall quarter where we help you launch a career transition from the start. You will find that you are guided and supported throughout your career search process every step of the way!
Is there a general time of year when students need to be more focused on securing internships?
The answer is "All the time!" You need to open up your mind constantly to connections, events and opportunities that could put you on the path to a great internship. It needs to become something you're always keeping in mind. You will see that your schedule at Rady becomes pretty robust with events from the MBA Career Connections team. We have scheduled every Tuesday evening to be career-focused. If you're unable to work on career-related strategies at any other time, relax knowing that Tuesday is coming and there will be something that supports you as you seek an internship or full-time opportunities.
Where do Rady MBAs typically go after graduation? Do they tend to stay in Southern California?
Over half of the Rady graduates find employment on the West Coast. But our MBAs gravitate towards interesting, innovative positions which sends them worldwide.
What are typical MBA projects or internships?
Projects vary widely according to the needs of companies. Sample Rady MBA summer projects include:
How about entrepreneurship? How many students establish their own companies after graduation?
Rady MBAs bring their entrepreneurial spirit into existing companies to help drive innovation in a collaborative, effective manner. Typically, about 5% of each Rady class starts a company. The majority seeks careers with companies who value the Rady focus on innovation, collaboration and impact.
How effective is The Rady School's on-campus recruiting program?
The goal of the MBA Career Connections Team is to help you develop the job search skills that will allow you to manage your career for life. In building an effective job search strategy, you will likely 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 right path for everyone. At UC San Diego, the majority of our MBAs find their positions through a variety of other connections including, job postings, interaction with alumni, networking events, and other proactive search strategies. The MBA Career Connections assists in all of these touch-points.
What kind of companies recruit at the Rady School at UC San Diego?
The Rady School attracts companies from a variety of industries and functions, including consulting, corporate finance, investment management, commercial technology, telecommunications, consumer technologies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.