As an MBA student, you will already have a number of years professional work experience behind you. Your job search strategy will depend on a number of factors, for example:
- How many years experience do you have?
- What level of role are you aiming for?
- Are you planning to change your sector, role function or location?
If you have less than three years' professional experience and are looking to move into a new sector, you may consider the graduate training programmes offered by many multi-national employers (see above section on graduate hiring). However, it is more likely that you will be seeking a role on an MBA Development Programme or as an 'experienced hire' candidate.
MBA Development Programmes
Some large companies offer leadership programmes aimed specifically at MBAs. These are highly competitive and target the top candidates from business schools around the world. To be considered, you will need a strong academic background, excellent professional experience, outstanding leadership potential and evidence of involvement in activities or enterprises which clearly distinguish you from other candidates. Many programmes have early closing dates, often in the Autumn. You can find details of companies offering this type of programme on MBA Exchange. (make sure that you register using your Birmingham email address to ensure you get exclusive access to the MBA Development Programmes database).
Experienced hire recruitment
Companies advertise for experienced staff as and when vacancies arise. Jobs won't always be advertised as 'MBA' vacancies (although they may state that an MBA is an advantage) but you should still consider them if you have the relevant knowledge, skills, experience and motivation. Experienced hire vacancies are advertised all year round on company websites, jobs boards and through recruitment agencies. However, companies will be looking to fill the vacancy as soon as possible so there is little point in applying at the start of your programme. Three to four months before your programme ends is a good time to start applying for this type of role, but use the time before this to clarify your career aspirations, conduct research on the job market and identify the sectors/ companies that you would like to target.
As well as using companies' own websites and general jobs boards, you also have exclusive access to vacancies posted on the Careers section of the AMBA website.
Click here to book an appointment with Melanie Billingham, MBA Careers Consultant