After Graduation: MBA Hiring Trends

Career transformation is at the heart of the full-time MBA program. Most TCU MBA students already have three to five years of professional experience prior to entering the Neeley School of Business, but many of them are looking to change industries or to advance their careers in their chosen field. From day one, students work closely with our Career Services coaches to fine-tune professional goals, connect with recruiters and create a career development plan.

One of the Neeley School of Business’ greatest assets is its network of leading corporations on both the local and national level. Recruiters at many companies work directly with our Career Services team to provide opportunities for students to learn about various industries, companies and even specific jobs.

AT&T is one corporation working closely with the Neeley School of Business to place students in internships and full-time jobs. Vater Arnold is the lead recruiter for AT&T’s college team. Working in tandem with TCU’s Career Services, Arnold’s top priority is finding the best candidates to fill internship and full-time positions at AT&T. And according to Arnold, TCU offers some of the best contenders.

“Candidates from the Neeley School of Business are amazing,” she says. “There is a lot of coaching and development going on behind the scenes to ensure these students are in the best position possible once they graduate.”

2014 Hiring Trends

What exactly are employers like AT&T looking for in job and internship candidates? Arnold outlines three hiring trends for 2014:

Innovators. Employers are looking for candidates who are flexible and have a mind for innovation and change management. Potential hires should be willing to push the envelope, suggest new ideas, question the status quo and make changes.

Motivation. The best candidates are self-starters who are professional and bring an executive presence to the position. They're hard workers with fine-tuned critical thinking skills.

Leaders. Employers are looking for both supervisory and non-supervisory leadership skills in potential hires. Candidates must be able to make decisions that are in line with the organization’s core goals.

When it comes to searching for a career, Arnold gives this advice: Don’t chase the dollar, and do your research.

A fulfilling career isn’t always the one that pays the most. When considering a potential career, ask yourself, “Is this in line with my core values?” Focus on the jobs and companies with which you feel most connected, and the well-paying jobs will find you.

Learn as much as you can about the companies you are considering and about prospective career opportunities. What does the company stand for, and what drives the people who work there? What is the company’s culture like? Does the environment and pace suit you?

Throughout your MBA program, take advantage of every available opportunity to connect with recruiters and corporate leaders. Those relationships are a valuable part of your MBA education and will play a critical role in helping you find the career that is the right fit for you.

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