December 21, 2005

Neeley School Introduces the MBA Edge Career Development Program for 2006

The Graduate Career Services office of the Neeley School of Business is partnering with Stanton Chase International, a global retained executive search firm, to provide The MBA Edge, a career consulting and coaching program for second year fulltime MBA students.

The eight-week program combines workshops, team meetings and one-on-one sessions with Stanton Chase consultants and career specialists. The program launches in January 2006 to capitalize on new jobs being approved and staffed in the upcoming business fiscal year.

"Neeley provides the latest trends and tactics for our MBA students so they can master the constantly-changing ground rules, target the companies and industries that offer the most desirable long-term career prospects, and merchandise themselves for success," said Shirley Rasberry, director of Graduate Career Services at Neeley. "We seek out programs such as The MBA Edge to help our students and alumni maximize their career potential, with the goal to achieve the strongest placement results and highest levels of student and employer satisfaction. This program is a reflection of Neeley's commitment to personalized education that emphasizes practical and applied business skills."

There is a groundswell of hiring today for the CEOs of tomorrow, but the recruitment process is becoming more competitive, complex and protracted, according to Nancy Keene, a director in the Dallas office of Stanton Chase with a specialty practice in NextGen CEOs.

"Companies today are highly discerning when adding to the head count. They want to see a full panel of candidates from which to choose," she notes. "And decision makers are time-stressed with multiple responsibilities. The pace is fast, but the process can take longer in the current environment due to schedule demands on the client/company side. This can frustrate even the most in-demand candidates, so it's important to know the game, build a campaign, set expectations - and beat the competition!"

As a global firm with 40 offices in 60 countries, Stanton Chase screens and interviews thousands of high-potential MBA candidates for client assignments every year.

"We are on the front line every day with the executive policymakers, hiring decision makers, internal recruiters and human resource leaders of our client companies. We see the full spectrum of candidates and how they package and present themselves in the interview process," said Keene. "There is constant change, with a common goal of finding the best talent for the company's specific needs. We know from first-hand experience that candidates can gain an edge by being proactive with the right content and the right communications program. This is the perspective we be bring to the students."

Keene pointed out that technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that it can be both a tool and, at times, an impediment. "The department secretary used to be the executive gatekeeper. Now, it's the BlackBerry. How do you get the response you need when someone is sequestered in a conference room doing a deal and won't read a long, wordy email? How do you leverage the latest Internet tools and contact management databases? This is what the students will learn in the program."

The Neeley School of Business at TCU offers nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and entrepreneurship. The Wall Street Journal ranked the Neeley School of Business #18 in a 2005 survey comparing 47 top regional MBA programs across the U.S. For the second consecutive year, Neeley is in the top 20 and currently is the highest ranked business school in Texas. BusinessWeek, The Princeton Review, Forbes, U. S. News & World Report, and Entrepreneur Magazine also recognize Neeley as a premier business school.

Stanton Chase International provides retained executive search, organizational planning and recruitment consulting services. With 60 offices in 40 countries, seasoned consultants combine local insight with specific industry sector expertise. Each has been chosen for his or her sector experience, education and client management abilities. Established in 1990, the firm ranks among the top 1% of global executive search firms. The Dallas office of Stanton Chase, with a staff of 15, is one of the largest executive search firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.


Elaine Cole
PR Manager, Neeley School of Business