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Full-time MBA Career Management

Foster MBA students have access to state-of-the-art career coaching and a wide array of resources to help them achieve their future goals. Through an individualized approach to career development, MBA Career Management can help you form and skillfully execute career strategies that will optimize your success.

Employment Quick Stats (MBA 2016)

98%employed 3 months after graduation
$111,847average starting salary
$28,713average signing bonus

 

Graduate Salary Breakout (MBA 2016)

Statistics Across FunctionsStatistics Across Industries2015 and 2016 Employers
Function Percentage Average
Consulting 22% $125,805
Finance / Accounting 21% $106,409
General Management 10% $106,889
Marketing / Sales 32% $110,186
Operations / Logistics 14% $106,483
Industry Percentage Average
Consulting 23% $124,325
Consumer Products 3% $92,333
Financial Services 6% $102,560
Pharm / Biotech / Healthcare Products 8% $100,889
Retail 5% $106,750
Technology 52% $113,241
Other 3% $75,093
Consulting
Consumer Products
Financial Services and Real Estate
Manufacturing
Media/Entertainment
Non-profit, Government
Energy
Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Health Care
Technology
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MBA Career Management Office

Achieving your career goals requires initiative, effort, and focus. Foster MBA Career Management can help you reach those goals.

CompetenceMaster the knowledge and skills you need to build and manage a sustainable career
ConfidenceKnow who you are, what you can do, where you want to go, and how to present yourself to those who can help you get there
ConnectionsIncrease your network of connections, and meet face to face with the people who can open doors to your next career

 

A Dedicated Team of Career Strategists

At Foster, you will find coaches who take a genuine, focused interest in your career and who know you by name. Our team members are seasoned professionals with corporate experience, career development expertise, and advanced degrees, including MBAs. They have worked across industries—from non-profit to financial services to consulting—with iconic Seattle companies like Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and REI. They have strong relationships with key employers in the thriving Seattle business community and beyond, and access to a worldwide alumni network that’s over 50,000 strong. Along the way, they will be your sounding board and support network.

Resources and Services

Mentor Program

The Foster School’s MBA Mentor Program was one of the first, and it’s still one of the best. The founder of this national model of mentoring, Susan Canfield, has become a nationally recognized authority on the subject. Watch MBAs and their mentors discuss the power of this unique program.

The MBA Mentor Program offers students the opportunity to learn about the way business is practiced today, under the guidance of top executives. Through participation in the Mentor Program, you explore career paths, obtain an inside view of industries, learn how executives meet difficult challenges, and gain insight into corporate strategy. Your experience with the Mentor Program helps you make better career choices and a smooth transition back to the business world upon graduation. Read the online brochure for more details.

Career Coaching

From résumé and cover letter advice to mock interviews, career coaches help you evaluate your interests and experience, clarify your career goals and develop a personalized strategy for success. They connect you with alumni and help you develop critical job search skills for communicating, interviewing, networking, and using social media such as LinkedIn.

Recruiting and Networking Events

We connect you with leading employers through events like Meet the Firms, Fireside Chats and Career Forums. Whether you just want to find out more about the culture of company, or you’re looking to make a great face-to-face connection, there’s an event to help you along the way.

Second Year Peer Advisors

Select Full-time MBA students are available to assist fellow students, from résumé guidance and mock interviews, to helping connect you with employers. Second Year Peer Advisors are trained to provide advising and resources on career path strategies, targeting companies, and assessing job opportunities.

Company Treks and Career Travel

If you are exploring careers outside of Seattle, you may be eligible to participate in Regional Treks to the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Partnering with Foster School Study Tours, MBA Career Management supports travel to the Greater China Region, a major market for internships. Foster also sponsors travel to a variety of national MBA career conferences.

Advisory Boards

Employer advisory boards in the Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas provide an instant employer network to assist you with your job search. The advisory boards provide insight and resources to enhance the partnership between the MBA program and employers, and include leaders from iconic companies like Amazon, Deloitte,Google, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and more.

Resources for Foster MBA Alumni

A Foster MBA is an investment that will keep paying off long after graduation. As a Foster MBA alumnus, you can take advantage of many services and resources available through MBA Career Management or other offices across the University of Washington, including Foster MBA Jobs, LinkedIn groups, and career assessment tools. Personal career coaching may also be an option, subject to the availability of coaches.

Online Career Resources and Memberships

As a Foster MBA you will have industry leading MBA resources at your fingertips to help you take your career to the next level. Check out our partners and customized platforms: Casequestions, Fosterjobs, Gradleaders, Vault, Careerleader.

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Career Paths

If you are undecided about which area of business you’d like to work in, this section offers many resources for you to explore. With descriptions of specific roles, industry outlooks, competitive environments and more, you will be able to get a good picture of what it’s like to prepare for and work in a selected field.

ConsultingData AnalyticsEntrepreneurship & Venture CapitalistsFinanceMarketing & Product ManagementOperations

Management Consulting

Management consultants are architects of change. They tackle strategic and core operational issues and provide practical and innovative solutions that increase revenue, reduce costs, boost productivity, and streamline processes. They are experts in their field.

There are many types of consultants and consulting firms. Niche or boutique firms focus on a particular industry, such as financial services or health care, or specialize in recommending solutions for a specific area, such as consumer marketing or information technology. Larger firms provide a full range of management consulting services. Independent consultants specialize in a particular area.

Foster is abundant with opportunities that will help you decide if consulting is the right career path for you and, if it is, how best to prepare.

Is consulting for you?
Immerse yourself in the consulting world
Create a target company list
Recent employers of Foster students
On-campus resources
What the pros say

Business Analysis and Data Science

All MBA careers require the ability to use data effectively. However some roles are dedicated to scrutinizing data-based information to provide recommendations that assist senior leadership in making decisions. These positions are found in nearly all functions and industries. Some of the MBA titles you’ll come across are business analysts, digital marketing analysts, financial analysts, operations analysts and market research analysts.

Traditionally data analysts have been concerned with structured data from a single database source; however the use of unstructured data from multiple sources – “Big Data” – has given new depth and complexity to data analysis. Companies that have the technical capabilities to harness the multitudes of unstructured data need individuals who can ask the right business questions, analyze the resulting data effectively, and understand the appropriate statistical techniques.

Whether a business analyst or a big data analytics expert, these roles require business acumen, database and analysis skills, communications and presentation skills, and often some coding abilities such as SQL, or statistics software experience such as R or SPSS. Data scientists typically have Ph.D.s in Statistics or Computer Science.

Industry knowledge in a particular field is a plus, and may be required by some employers. Business and data analysts are found in all industries, from non-profits, government and education, to high-tech, finance, and consumer products.

Check out these on-line resources to learn more about the field of business analysis and data science.

Is business analysis for you?
Immerse yourself in the world of data analysis
Create a target company list
On-campus resources
Coursework
What the pros say

Entrepreneurship & Venture Capitalists

Risk-takers, idea-mongers, passion-followers. Entrepreneurs dedicate themselves to creating viable businesses from their ideas or inventions. They are highly creative individuals who can imagine innovative solutions and profitably execute them. Involved in all aspects of the organization at any level, these energetic leaders know how to set vision and inspire teams. They are adept at creating opportunities for profit or reward and if successful, are catalysts for economic development.

If this sounds like you, you may be interested in starting your own business.

However there are other ways to be involved in entrepreneurship than starting your own enterprise. You may want to work in someone else’s startup, contributing to the development of an idea and growth of a business from the ground up. Or, you may be interested in more of an advisory or research role by working with a venture capital firm.

Check out these online resources to learn more about entrepreneurship.

Is Entrepreneurship for you?
Create a target company list
On-campus resources
Coursework
What the pros say

Finance

If you work in finance or accounting, the bottom line stops with you. Your business advice can be crucial for the livelihood of an organization or an individual. You may be drawn to a career that centers on an organization’s financial workings or perhaps you enjoy the world of investments and stock valuations.

Corporate finance positions include finance manager, CFO, controller, and financial analyst. If you are more interested in working in investing, money management, or banking, there are a variety of analyst and advisory positions that differ depending on the area of expertise and the clientele served.

Check out the online sources listed below for more information about a career in finance.

Is Finance for you?
Immerse yourself in the world of Finance
Create a target company list
On-campus resources
Coursework
What the pros say
Marketing & Product Management

If you enjoy growing a brand, product, or idea, a career in marketing may be for you. Marketing careers are diverse – there is something for just about everyone. If you enjoy working with numbers, designing graphics, planning strategy, managing projects, or crafting communications, you can find a role in marketing. Here are a few of the most common marketing positions:

Brand Manager: Typically a title found in companies that market consumer packaged goods, brand managers ensure consistent and optimal messaging, promotions, pricing, and advertising for a particular product or line of products under one brand name.

Marketing or MarCom (Marketing Communications) Manager: Managers in this role oversee and execute the communication/marketing strategy, which includes advertising and promotions plans.

Marketing Researcher/ Marketing Research Analyst: Marketing researchers collect and analyze data on consumer patterns, competitors, product features and other areas that inform marketing business decisions. Also see the Data Analytics career path.

Digital/Internet/Social Media Marketing Manager: In this role, understanding how to optimize internet, mobile, and social media channels for marketing purposes combines traditional marketing skills with knowledge of cutting-edge virtual marketing practices.

Product or Product Marketing Manager: Typically titles found in technical companies, a product marketing manager works with teams from product development to rollout and tends to be more customer-facing and communications-focused than product managers, who will primarily work internally to manage a product’s lifecycle from concept to launch. There will be some variation in this definition from company to company so do your research. To learn more about being a Product Manager in a tech company, read the section “What the Pros Say”.

Check out the online sources listed below for more information about marketing.

Is Marketing for you?
Immerse yourself in the world of marketing
Create a target company list
On-campus resources
Coursework
What the pros say

Operations Management

Operations management is the heart of an organization. It involves developing and managing the essential steps of any combination of the following: producing goods, quality control, quality management, managing the supply chain, facilities management, product formulation and design, ordering of goods, warehousing of goods, contacting vendors, and purchasing of external products.

Check out the online sources listed below for more information about operations.

Is Operations for you?
Immerse yourself in the world of Operations
Create a target company list
On-campus resources
Coursework
What the pros say

Are you an employer looking to hire MBAs? Go to the MBA Career Management site for information on how our corporate recruiting team can help!