Intensive Career Prep Helps New Ross MBAs Get a Head Start

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When’s the right time for MBA students to start thinking about their post-graduation job search?

How about before they even start classes?

That forward-thinking approach comes to Michigan Ross this week, as new MBA students take part in an intensive four-day session called Career Action Days. Part of the orientation for incoming MBAs, the new effort gives students a crash course in preparation for their upcoming job search.

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted the efforts at Ross and other schools to amp up MBA career preparation.

Ross started Career Action Days to help students meet the goals of their education as well as their careers. A job search can be stressful and time consuming. With Career Action Days, students get much of that work done before the term starts, so they can then focus more closely on academics.

Career Action Days run through Thursday. Sessions cover all kinds of activities to help the MBA1s learn about Ross career resources, sharpen their resume and search skills, and draft a career plan.

Some highlights:

  • Small group discussions on developing a personal job search strategy
  • A “Be the Hiring Manager” review of sample resumes
  • An assignment for each student to “MBA-ize” their resume
  • Tips on social media, including using LinkedIn and keeping things professional on Twitter and Facebook
  • Guided explorations of what students want in their next job
  • Professional portraits
  • Informational interviews with panelists from different career fields like consulting, marketing, and financial services

The students can expect a taste of reality throughout the sessions. “Many students arrive thinking they’ll get to shop for companies, but it really works the other way,” they were told on day one. “Companies come here to shop for talent.”

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