Graduate Business Career Center
The Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) offers a wide range of services and resources to help Carlson School students prepare for career advancement and job searches. Top local and national companies recruit on campus each year, and we coordinate student treks to companies across the country.
Staffed by 5 career coaches and 11 full-time staff members, the GBCC employs three times as many expert career advisors than any MBA program in the region. On average, students wait no more than two days for a one-on-one appointment with a dedicated career coach. Don't have time to leave work to come to the GBCC for a coaching appointment? Career coaches are available to meet you at various locations throughout the metro area.
The GBCC will help you discover the career best suited to your interests, educational background, and professional goals. Some of the ways we can help are:
- Career exploration
Learning about yourself, the world of work, and where you best fit is an important first step for a successful business career, and GBCC provides valuable resources for this exploration process.
- Interview Preparation
All graduate students can conduct a practice interview with a career coach and get immediate feedback on their interviewing skills.
- Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
We'll help you customize your resume and cover letter to a specific type of employment opportunity.
- Job search tools
A well-planned job search strategy can help you stay focused and gain a competitive edge, whether launching or advancing your career, and we have several tools to make your job search easier and more efficient.
We'll get you started with networking, both formally and informally. Networking is a process of connecting and building relationships with professionals, and involves giving and receiving help, information, and advice.
- Offer Evaluation and Negotiation
Talk one-on-one with a coach and obtain valuable Employment Statistics to help you make the most out of your offer.
- Library resources
We have the best, most up-to-date books on job search strategy, interviewing, resumes, and cover letters. You can check books out with your student ID at the GBCC office.
- One-on-One Career Coaching
Need career advice? Our professional career coaches can help with all aspects of your career development. From defining a business career that fits you best to negotiating job offers, your career coach will be with you every step of the way.
- Express Advising
Have a quick question and need to talk to a coach? GBCC coaches are "on call" several times throughout the week to answer your questions without having to make an appointment.
- Skyway Advising
Don't have time to leave work to come to the GBCC for a coaching appointment? GBCC staff are available to meet you at various locations throughout the metro area.
Career Advancement Opportunities
- On-Campus Interviews
Throughout the year, Part-Time MBA students are invited to more than 40 recruiting events. Each year, more than 100 employers recruit on campus for internships and full-time opportunities, while another 300 companies use the Carlson School external job posting system, TalentLink.
- Company Information Sessions
Company information sessions are an excellent opportunity for students to make an initial contact with a company representative. The company presentation gives you information about the company and position.
- MBA Corporate Reception
The MBA Corporate Reception is a networking event for MBA students and employers. This cocktail hour reception gives companies their first peek at the talented incoming MBA class, as well as talk with second year MBA students about their internship experience and career goals.
- Career Exploration Conference
The Career Exploration Conference is an annual fall eventgeared to help you become more knowledgeable about career options related to your degree. It's a great opportunity to meet and network with experienced professionals from top national and local companies in break-out panels organized by career field. Over 50 companies and panelists are represented.
- Graduate Career Fair
The Graduate Career Fair is an annual event for MBA and MA-HRIR students to network with experienced professionals from local small to mid-sized companies. These companies present information about their organizations and hiring needs in a career fair setting where you'll be able to visit the booths of each individual company, present your resume, and ask questions about the companies' hiring needs.
- Career Workshops
Held during evening hours, the Carlson School offers 20- 30 workshops per year specific to Part-Time MBA students to provide career tools students can implement immediately.