Networking Your Way into a Job in Business School and Beyond

Wondering how you can maximize the benefit of your MBA investment? Prospective and current MBA students are increasingly concerned with how they can distinguish themselves among their peers in an increasingly competitive post-MBA job market. According to a┬árecent survey of over 250 current MBA students and graduates, the overwhelming majority of respondents noted that “networking” was the number one way that they could improve their job prospects and career search success. While it is certainly important for prospective MBAs to choose a program that fits their learning objectives and professional interests, current MBAs advise prospective students to take into consideration the strength of each program’s networking opportunities.

MBAs advise prospective students to “develop a refined networking strategy prior to enrolling” and to “start networking immediately after starting your MBA program, rather than waiting until the last few months before you start applying for jobs.” One student wrote that, “An MBA program is a chance to get to know a lot of people that can be interested in your work or even recommend you to a job.” Among the most important people to develop connections with are alumni, mentors, and professors who may work in industries or professions that interest you. Finally, a group of individuals that MBAs can often overlook when thinking about expanding their professional networks is their MBA program’s student body. Don’t underestimate the value and potential of connecting with your peers!

You can get a jump start on the process by attending MBA fairs that come to your neighborhood. The MBA Tour is holding MBA conferences in July and August 2011. Attend and start your MBA search!

Participating business schools include:

Columbia, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Kellogg, INSEAD, HEC Paris, College of William and Mary, Michigan State, Michigan Ross, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Rochester, Wharton, Washington University in St. Louis, UC Davis and more! (Not every school will be in every city.)

If you plan on applying to business school this coming year, these events are a great way to get a head start on your business school research. Register today to reserve your spot!