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Full-Time MBA Career Services

Before you come to campus

The Career Development Center believes an early start is critical for Full-Time MBA students pursuing internships and full-time employment. During the summer before the MBA program begins, full-time MBA students work with the CDC to initiate the career discernment, research, and exploration process and to begin to work on their résumés.

During the summer before the Full-Time MBA program begins, students also must:

  • Complete a career assessment
  • Attend the “Cover Letter and Résumé Essentials” webinar
  • Create profiles on job search platforms identified by the CDC
  • Become familiar with the CDC’s six-step Job Search Model
  • Review the list of upcoming MBA and diversity conferences and expos
  • Order complimentary business cards and Fordham-branded name tags

During orientation

During orientation, the CDC delivers an intensive careers curriculum based on the six steps of the Job Search Model. You will gain essential insight into the job-search process. CDC programming during orientation includes:

  • “What Motivates Me”
  • Overview of the CareerLeader Assessment
  • Storytelling and Your Pitch
  • Recruiting Etiquette
  • Networking
  • What’s Involved in a Job Search
  • Second-Year Student Panel
  • Recruiting 101
  • Job-Search Tools
  • LinkedIn Overview
  • How to Conduct an Informational Meeting

Orientation also will offer opportunities for networking with Gabelli School alumni and with industry and recruiting professionals.

After arrival on campus

Career advising
Throughout both years of the Full-Time MBA program, students are expected to have career-advising touch points with an assigned career advisor who has specific functional and/or industry expertise. Full-Time MBA students are required to meet with their career advisor at least once per term to discuss progress toward a competitive summer internship or full-time job.

During the first month of the first semester, Full-Time MBA students finalize their résumés and complete an initial career advising session with their assigned advisor. At this initial session, students and advisors discuss career goals, résumé development, and CareerLeader Assessment findings.

Career-Development Workshops and Small-Group Sessions
Below is a list of career-development workshops that the CDC offers on a regular basis for master’s students.

General Career Development Workshops

  • General Interview Skills
  • Networking: Outreach, Pitch, and Follow Up Like a Professional
  • How to Use LinkedIn
  • Storytelling and Your Pitch
  • General Job-Search Strategy
  • Preparing for a Case Interview
  • How to Convert Your Internship to a Full-Time Job
  • Tips to Being Successful in Your First Post-Gabelli Job

Accounting and Tax Workshops

  • Careers in Accounting and Tax
  • Accounting and Tax Job-Search Strategy
  • Accounting and Tax Interview Prep

Accounting and Tax Small-Group Sessions

  • Cover Letter and Résumé Essentials for Careers in Accounting and Tax
  • Mock Interviews for Careers in Accounting and Tax
  • Accounting and Tax Job-Search Strategy (offered as a small-group session during periods when workshop demand is low)

Finance Workshops

  • Introduction to Careers in Finance
  • Accelerated Finance Job-Search Strategies
  • Finance Interview Prep
  • Training the Street

Finance Small-Group Sessions

  • Cover Letter and Résumé Essentials for Careers in Finance
  • Mock Interviews for Careers in Finance

Marketing, Communications and Media, and Management Workshops

  • Careers in Marketing
  • Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management Job-Search Strategy
  • Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management Interview Prep
  • Accelerated Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management Job-Search Strategy
  • SPSS

Marketing, Communications and Media, and Management Small-Group Sessions

  • Cover Letter and Résumé Essentials for Careers in Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management
  • Mock Interviews for Careers in Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management
  • Marketing, Media and Communications, and Management Job-Search Strategy

Consulting Workshops

  • Introduction to Careers in Consulting
  • Accelerated Job-Search Strategy for Consulting

Mock Interview Program
Full-time MBA students have multiple opportunities to hone their interviewing skills as part of the CDC’s Mock Interview Program. These include:

  • A required mock interview with a career advisor as part of the initial advising session
  • Subsequent follow-up mock interviews, scheduled individually with a career advisor
  • Mock Interviewing Series with alumni and industry professionals
  • Small-group mock interviews, which provide an opportunity to engage in mock interviews outside of the traditional one-on-one format

Career Coaching Program with Second-Year Mentors
The career coaching program matches full-time first-year MBA students with second-year students who have professional or internship experience in a relevant industry or job function. Second-year mentors lead career groups of three to four first-year students.

CareerSpotlight Series
The CareerSpotlight panel series highlights a variety of industries and functions to help further students’ career exploration, discernment, and pursuit. Panels feature Gabelli School alumni and other corporate representatives who offer insight on career tracks, industry trends, and recruiting practices.

Corporate Information Sessions
Employers hold information sessions on campus to promote the company, share information regarding their current job or internship opportunities, and meet Gabelli School students who may be potential candidates for open positions.

Corporate Site Visits
The CDC organizes student-group visits to employers’ offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. Site visits allow employers to give Fordham students a firsthand view of their operations, products, and people. Please contact Maricel Piriz, assistant director of corporate partnerships if you are interested in arranging a site visit.

Alumni Networking Program
The Gabelli School of Business Career Network offers a platform for Full-Time MBA students to connect on an ad-hoc basis with Fordham alumni who have volunteered to act as career resources.