Professional Development, Career Services, and Job Placement
The program is serious about helping you become confident, poised, and polished professionals, develop exceptional career management skills, and obtain meaningful, high-impact, above-entry-level jobs. You will be prepared to enter the job market through 1-on-1 coaching with our dedicated professional development specialist; workshops on personal brand building and communication strategy, networking, salary negotiations; industry panels; informational interviews; mock job interviews; and, extensive networking with recruiters and organizational leaders. We will continue to assist you after graduation.
Students have quickly been promoted into positions of greater responsibility and impact with higher pay.
A sociology major with no experience joined the Class of 2012 had a first job as a management analyst/project manager in a social purpose manufacturing firm, was promoted and has now moved into a consultant role in a management consulting organization.
Placement: 91% within 3 months of graduation (100% within 1-year)
Salary*: $48,500 average initial salary for jobs taken within 3 months of graduation. (Salary levels vary by industry sector and job pursued. Signing bonuses, performance bonuses, stock options, tuition benefits, retirement and health benefits, and profit-sharing benefits have been received.)
The program equips you for a number of exciting career paths. Based on the skills developed in the program, and previous job placements, entry-level positions are possible in the following areas in for-profit, non-profit, or social enterprise settings.
Jobs have included:
|Business Process Analyst
|Corporate Social Responsibility
||Public Relations Account Manager
|Client Services Manager
||Digital Campaign Manager
|Training & Development Coordinator
|| Account Manager
Professional Development Curriculum
Professional development and effectiveness is a theme throughout the program, and you will benefit from a variety of experiences specifically designed to prepare you for the world of work.
- Visits to local companies
- Career and leadership assessments
- Résumé and cover letter writing seminars
- Networking coaching and practice
- Networking events
- Recruiting panels
- Mock interviews with recruiters and managers
- Personal marketing and branding strategies
- Professionalism and etiquette training
- Salary negotiation coaching
Personalized Individual Career Counseling and Job Search Coaching
As a MAM-SSM student, you’ll receive individual attention and career counseling. The program’s Professional Development Specialist assists in arranging interviews, crafting résumés, drafting emails to employers, preparing for big interviews, coaching on negotiating a higher salary, and cheering you on through graduation and landing that first big job.
Connections to Employers, Recruiters, and Business Leaders
To increase your employment opportunities and to elevate your professionalism, you’ll attend networking events, meet with employers for informal “brown bag” conversations, engage with speakers and panelists in classes, conduct dozens of informational interviews, and participate in our world-class mentoring program. Additionally, student teams are coached by professionals from the community as you develop integrative projects that are presented to panels of business leaders.
The School of Business, Government, and Economics has connections with hundreds of organizations, including:
- McKinstry Co.
- World Vision
- Gates Foundation
- Liberty Mutual
- Pioneer Human Services
- Consulting Firms
Consulting Practicum Projects
During the program, you’ll participate in applied learning projects which you will showcase on your résumé. The culminating project for the program is a consulting practicum for an organization in which students work as staff analysts onsite for 20-25 hours/week for 9-10 weeks (i.e., a high-level internship). You’ll engage in weekly team meetings with a sponsoring manager, receive ongoing coaching from faculty, and present a consulting report to the organization’s management. This will demonstrate to potential employers your experience in an actual business environment.