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Career Management

Seeking a career change or promotion? Come here; get there.
Evening MBA students have access to the same Career Management team and resources as Full-Time MBA students, which means you’ll have a wealth of resources to help you move towards your career goals. 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!

Employment Quick Stats (MBA 2023)

78% of Evening MBA students changed jobs while in the program.
Of those who changed jobs:

  • 47% found employment at a new company
  • 90% earned a job title / level change
  • 81% had a change in salary
  • 22% changed industry
  • 47% changed job function

MBA Career Management Office

Whether you’re seeking a promotion or a career change, MBA Career Management can be a key resource for Evening MBA students. The office offers workshops on topics like job search strategies, interviewing, and developing your personal brand. They also serve as a gateway to networking events, mentoring opportunities, and one-on-one coaching. The Career Management team understands Evening MBA students are busy so they offer flexible hours and remote meetings.

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
Connections Learn how to build and maintain a 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 57,000 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. 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

On-Campus Recruiting (Greenlighting)

On-Campus MBA Recruiting access, a process we call “greenlighting,” is available to third-year evening MBA students after completion of a rigorous set of job search activities uniquely designed for them. On-campus recruiting can be a beneficial part of your overall job search as it features employers targeting top schools nationwide for MBA-specific leadership opportunities. Read the brochure for more details on Greenlighting.

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

Evening MBA students are welcome to attend all networking events which introduce students to firms and alumni. 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 a company, or you’re looking to make a great face-to-face connection, there’s an event to help you along the way.

Career Success Workshop Series

We’ve designed a slate of career workshops focused on the needs of Evening MBA students. The series will give you a comprehensive introduction to career tools, skills and strategies.

Resume Review

Revise your resume to be current with MBA best practices. Attend the “Upgrade Your Resume” workshop and schedule a resume consultation with a career coach.

Interview Practice

Refine your interview skills. Practice both case and behavioral interviewing to be well-prepared for MBA-level interviews.

Career Conferences & Career Treks

If you’re open to relocation after graduation or exploring a geographic move, consider a national career fair or trek. Partial travel reimbursement may be available for qualified unsponsored students.

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, Gradleaders, the LinkedIn Guys.

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 LinkedIn groups and career assessment tools. Personal career coaching may also be an option, subject to the availability of coaches.

Listen to Conversations on Careers

Conversations on Careers and Professional Life is a podcast hosted and produced by Gregory Heller, Senior Associate Director of MBA Career Management at the Foster School of Business. In each episode, Gregory speaks with guests about topics related to job searches, professional development, public speaking, resilience, and mindfulness. Guests include current MBA candidates and past students, faculty and staff, and outside experts.

A Spotlight on the Career Management Office: Jean Gekler, Senior Associate Director, MBA Career Management and Liaison for Evening MBA Career Management

Can you tell us about yourself and how you started working in the Career Management Office and with the Evening MBA Program?    I love gardening, going to the beach, and traveling. My favorite place is Paris, where I can…

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March 21, 2022

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