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Careers

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you are encouraged to jump-start your career preparation. You can begin by accessing MBA Career Management via the Summer Online Professional Development Course on Canvas. Look for an announcement in late spring about when the course will become available. Additionally, in early summer, you will hear from a career counselor and you can start updating your resume, setting up informational interviews, and more, all in partnership with the MBA Career Management team.

A brand that opens the right doors

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, recruiters rank the Foster School of Business among the top five of 131 business schools in the world on every aspect–brand value (#3), innovation and creativity (#2), entrepreneurial skills and drive (#1), and diversity of quality candidates (#5).

These top rankings all start with motivated students ready to delve into designing a career path. Students set the stage for a productive two years working with Foster’s MBA Career Management team, who support them with expert career coaching; insightful, relevant thought leadership on professional development; and interactive activities like Radical Collaboration and the award-winning Brand Essence workshop.

Foster engages students in the latest thinking and career design tools and provides a platform for career experimentation and learning. Together with our coaches, students do the hard work. The product is a great job.

— Naomi Sanchez, Assistant Dean, MBA Career Management

Deep connections to the Seattle business community take you further

MBA students visit Nike campus

These relationships facilitate excellent career opportunities, as well as paying dividends in your education. From guest teaching and mentoring to competition judging and career coaching, your access to business leaders will enrich your time at Foster.

Whether you wish to land in Seattle or around the world, Foster can help you reach your career goals. Foster students find roles at tech companies, consulting firms, consumer packaged goods companies, financial services firms, startups, and many more. Visit our Full-time MBA Career Management page to see more employment statistics.

MBA Career Management Services

You are assigned a career coach for your first and second year in addition to other coaches who are available to you throughout your Foster experience. Your coach will work with you to strengthen your skill sets, clarify your career goals, and help you understand how to effectively reach out to employers. From resume and cover letter advice to multiple mock interviews, your career coach will help you evaluate your interests and experience and develop a personalized strategy for success.
Company Information Sessions are held several times a week during the lunch hour, afternoons, and sometimes in the evenings. Whether in-person or virtual, these sessions are an opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of organizations large and small, to learn about their internships and employment opportunities, and to network with alumni who have developed successful careers in those companies.
The MBA Career Management staff lead treks to visit companies in other states and to national career fairs that enable students to find opportunities beyond the many employers who recruit on campus. Students can network with Foster alumni at receptions sponsored by MBA Career Services throughout the country. Past events have taken place in cities like San Francisco, Portland, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, as well as online.
The Mentor Program connects MBA students with senior executives in the Seattle business community. Students draw on their mentor’s depth of experience to explore a variety of business and career-related issues.
First-year students will also benefit from coaching, interview practice, and networking with second-year peer coaches who work closely with the MBA Career Management team. These students have valuable advice to give to first-year students in all aspects of their career development and can share information about internships, companies and other resources.

MBA Career Management at Foster