The Career Development Centre is dedicated to helping you find and prepare for a role post-MBA that suits your skill set and meets your career aspirations. Making a career change is one of the most commonly cited reasons for pursuing an MBA. Some of our students change career paths, companies, industries and continents.
However, MBA graduates face demanding expectations and tough competition. You will need to put some considerable time into your job search, think carefully about how to market yourself to future employers and have realistic career expectations in mind.
Oxford’s longstanding academic pedigree, combined with our strengths in finance, strategy and operations management make Saïd Business School an attractive recruiting ground for MBA employers. MBA employers visit the school throughout the year for corporate presentations and workshops, in order to recruit students for their MBA programmes, internships and full-time roles.
You will have access to an expert group of Careers Advisors and Industry Advisors who have extensive experience of working for leading firms across a range of sectors. They will offer you insights and pragmatic advice for those looking to work across a range of industries including management consulting, finance, high-tech, social impact, and other global industries.
Saïd Business School's Talent Development Programme was launched in 2014, further expanding the School’s Careers Centre offering. Through a series of workshops and events, the programme provides personal and professional skill development and insight.
During July and August, you can take up extra electives for credit however some students take up internships. As an intern, you can develop knowledge and competencies related directly to your career goal and potentially secure a full-time job offer. As an MBA student, you are able to undertake a summer internship for credit towards your MBA.
Alternatively you can take up a six-week Strategic Consulting Project in a team of three to five, for a corporate sponsor. Teams have worked with a wide range of companies, charities, non profits and start-ups. This can be extremely beneficial to anyone looking for hands-on experience and the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a new industry or functional role.
Treks are student-led visits focusing on a particular region in order to understand what it is like to do business there, meet potential recruiters and meet alumni both in their corporate and personal capacities. The career development team can support you in finding industry related alumni in relevant geographic areas, with access to careers contacts and with introductions to appropriate recruiters.
Some examples of past treks include:
- North America - New York, Silicon Valley, Washington DC
- Middle East - Dubai, Lebanon
- Africa - South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, Uganda
- Asia - Singapore, Shanghai, Mongolia, Hong Kong