Welcome, Online MBA students!
Register here for Personal Narrative Workshop
W. P. Carey Career Services Center helps you and fellow Online MBA students tell your story through individualized support and targeted resources. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals will assist you in defining career goals, implementing job search strategies, and leveraging your degree.
Identify where you are today
Your success as an MBA student and graduate is important to us. No matter where you are in your career journey, we look forward to supporting your path forward. Consider your current needs and future wants using the visual below — then connect with a career coach to plan personalized next steps.
Learn the model
Career management is a lifelong journey you will master at ASU. Learning the steps of our Career Management Model is a great place to start. From Strategy and Market Research to Product Development and Operations, you will discover that resumes and interviews are small parts of a broader, successful plan.
Taking the space to explore and think about the life and professional experiences you have had to this point is an often overlooked first step. Successful career management begins with developing a strategy that involves taking the time to look backward and forward, so you can set a specific career goal that is attainable and fulfilling.
Assessment | Personal Career Decision Making | Career Action Plan (CAP)
Once you have a career goal, performing market research is the process of exploring this more fully, getting information and details to test your thinking and coming to a commitment of how to action it in the marketplace.
Day to day: Function | Market position: Company | Trends: Industry | Location
Now you are ready to test your assumptions in the market, which is done in the product development stage. This will have you active in the market, meeting people, networking, conducting informational interviews and going deeper on the research you have already done on the industry, companies and roles you are exploring. This phase helps you get beyond easy-to-access research and draw more insight from meeting people, asking thoughtful questions and digging a little deeper.
Personal introduction | Networking & Informational Interviews | Executive Presence | Mentorship
From there you operationalize your action plan with your marketing communications. This is the resumes, cover letters and interview stage of the process. The effort you put into the first three stages will help to ensure that this stage is less stressful and you are ready to compete confidently.
Cover letter | Resume | Interviewing | Offer Assessment | Online Profiles
Engage in your job search
There are three primary ways business school students find jobs. Understanding which of these is part of your job search will help you build an efficient plan. Although each of these types of job searches requires a different plan, they all require the same core capabilities for success: Personal narrative, market research, networking, applications, and interviewing. Let us help you figure it out!
The majority of on-campus recruiting happens in the fall semester with a smaller set of firms doing campus recruiting in the spring. This requires you to be prepped and ready to interview soon after school starts. If the firms you are focused on do not visit ASU’s campus, then you will need to supplement your On-campus strategy with a Networked or Just-in-time job search.
All job searches require networking skills. If you are targeting firms that do not recruit on-campus at ASU then a Networked job search is your avenue. This requires a proactive approach to research, as well as developing relationships with the goal of building advocates within a firm. You’ll need to ensure your personal narrative and job search skills are well developed to convince these firms to consider you.
A majority of firms, whether they participate in on-campus recruiting or not, will have a need for immediate hires throughout the year. Although applications are submitted at the time of need, your preparation and networking should be ongoing in order to be ready when these opportunities arise. These opportunities can be limited and are not predictable, so you’ll want to view this as a back-up strategy, rather than an excuse to delay your job search.
Consider adding a concentration
Depending on your career aspirations, you might want to add a concentration to your degree. Each area has an associated Online MBA career community, where you can explore curated resources, events, and more:
Business Data Analytics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business Leadership Marketing Supply Chain Management