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Career Development Timeline. First-Year MBA. Career Development Timeline. Timeline provides a guide for when to undertake career development activities Timeline is fluid and will vary slightly by individual situation Career development is an iterative process

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Career Development Timeline
  • Timeline provides a guide for when to undertake career development activities
    • Timeline is fluid and will vary slightly by individual situation
    • Career development is an iterative process
  • Major phases of career development during first year of business school include:
    • Preparing for career search
    • Creating a career plan
    • Exploring and refining targets
    • Actively pursuing target opportunities
    • Finalize internship and maintain professional network
career development timeline2
Career Development Timeline
  • Timeline provides a guide for when to undertake career development activities
    • Timeline is fluid and will vary slightly by individual situation
    • Career development is an iterative process
  • Major phases of career development during first year of business school include:
    • Preparing for career search
    • Creating a career plan
    • Exploring and refining targets
    • Actively pursuing target opportunities
    • Finalize internship and maintain professional network
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July

August

  • Complete career assessments including CareerLeader, DISC and Social Skills Inventory.
  • Draft resume according to Smith guidelines and submit to career advisor for review.
  • Begin researching target industries, companies and functions.
  • Attend career development portion of orientation.
  • Create HireSmith profile and upload OCS-approved resume.
  • Check schedule for corporate presentations and on-campus recruiting (begins 8/25).
  • Attend the seven-week Career Management Seminar which begins on (8/30).
  • Schedule initial advising/ mock interview with advisor (8/30).
  • Attend MBA Career Conference Workshop (8/31)
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Begin attending company information sessions.

  • Prepare for/attend MBA Career Quest career fair 10/8.
  • Determine extra-curricular activities to enhance career development.
  • Begin conducting informational interviews.
  • Attend OCS industry panels and networking events.
  • Begin monitoring internship postings in HireSmith.
  • Refine list of top companies.
  • Use SmithConnector to identify alumni contacts in target companies.
  • Begin actively targeting contacts and employment opportunities in your target companies.
  • Continue monitoring and applying to internship postings in HireSmith and through other sources.
  • Use online tools to continue researching and refining employment targets.
  • Develop elevator pitch and accomplishment stories.
  • Review corporate leadership programs and deadlines and determine if you will apply.
  • Review upcoming MBA Career Conferences and determine if you will attend.
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November

December

  • Assess network of contacts and work to expand network within target companies.
  • Research job openings via HireSmith, company web sites, and online job posting sites on a weekly basis. Intensify internship applications.
  • Send thank you notes for all informational and formal interviews and networking conversations on an ongoing basis.
  • Refine your resume to incorporate new/ongoing professional development experiences.
  • Refine your elevator pitch to include newest learnings and refined focus.
  • Contact potential employers to express interest in anticipated openings and schedule interviews or informational interviews for over winter break.
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January (Winter Break)

April/May

February/March

  • Continue internship strategies from fall semester and catch up in areas you may have fallen behind in during the semester.
  • Schedule/conduct interviews
  • Further identify internship opportunities, find networking contacts and send out resumes.
  • Review schedule for winter on-campus recruiting which beings on 1/24.
  • Conduct last push to secure and finalize internship offer if you do not have it finalized already.
  • Submit internship reporting form to OCS.
  • Send an update to your network to notify people of your summer plans and thank them for their help along the way.
  • Make the most of the on-campus recruiting season that kicks off in late January.
  • Reach back out to networking or interview contacts you worked with in the Fall to update on your internship search and generate new leads.
  • Continue to monitor postings in HireSmith and other sources on a regular basis.
  • Intensify internship applications.