MBA Career & Professional Development supports students by helping them define their career vision and equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve success. From self-assessment to lifelong networking, we work with you to realize your leadership potential. Through a variety of tools, workshops, events, and other resources, we help you discover the career path best suited to your personal fulfillment and to your contribution to the greater good.
One-on-one career coaching
Throughout your MBA Program experience, more than 50 trained career coaches are available to work one-on-one with you along every step of your career trajectory from initial self-assessment through the job search and beyond. Experienced business professionals, our coaches can help you as you craft your resume and cover letters, create and execute a search strategy, prepare for interviews and offer negotiations, and improve your networking techniques.
Career development programs and workshops
HBS's formal recruitment period for first-year students is preceded by a series of on-campus programs and panels that will help you establish a fundamental understanding of various sectors – including industry overviews, areas of opportunity and how to successfully navigate a job search. You may wish to forgo on-campus recruiting to pursue working at a start-up or to found your own venture. We also have programming to help you through this particular career path. Through informative sessions with MBA Career & Professional Development staff, career coaches, alumni and company representatives, our programs can help you make more educated decisions about potential career paths.
In addition, we offer a suite of workshops and events to develop students' skills in areas such as networking, interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, and negotiations. Additionally, most HBS student clubs offer career-related events such as conferences, treks, and career fairs. Career related club events are an important part of your career education and will greatly inform the choices that you make.
Career teams offer peer support
You may continue your exploration by joining Career Teams, a program enabling first-year students to advance their long-term career discovery in a supportive, stimulating, and fun environment with a small group of other HBS students. Participants increase their career self-awareness, and help their peers to do the same, through use of a cutting-edge framework and exercises facilitated by trained second-year leaders.
Once admitted, you will have access to myHBS which connects you to classmates, course work, and Career Hub. You can access a wealth of information: lists of HBS recruiting partners; job search tips and resources; and Fast Fundamentals, part of our video library addressing key areas of the career search. Students can also view and apply for job opportunities, schedule interviews, and sign-up for programs and coaching appointments. Finally, through the CPD Facebook page, our team provides students with timely updates about corporate outreach trips, career resources and on-campus events.
MBA CPD hosts a vast number of companies on campus each year for interviews, presentations, and networking events. In your first year, Company Information Days kicks off recruiting with a series of presentations and networking with recruiters and alumni across a number of industries. For both summer internships and full-time recruiting we also host hundreds of companies that choose to recruit on campus.
Baker Library | Bloomberg Center career resources
Baker Library | Bloomberg Center's career-focused librarians help students research industries, specific companies, and job search pathways. The library website complements these activities with a powerful research tool that provides remote access to an array of databases and research resources. To help you find information on companies, industries, and business trends, the library's staff offer individualized instruction on using the many available tools.
Connect with alumni
As an HBS MBA student you're connected to nearly 70,000 alumni in 150 countries. Our alumni have made themselves available to current students to help them explore career opportunities. There are many ways to connect with alumni whether it’s on campus at conferences or events or throughout the world during treks and trips.