The Graduate Career Services (GCS) Office serves the professional and career development needs of Kelley MBA students. As members of the GCS team, Professor Bob Grimm and Professor Ken Wendeln serve the immediate needs of Evening MBA students with career coaching, personal assessment, and guidance on building a professional network. Both faculty members leverage decades of Fortune 500 executive experience to help our IU MBA students position themselves for upward movement in organizations. Based in Bloomington, GCS assists students with resume preparation, job search strategy, and interviewing skills. The GCS staff also helps Evening MBA students who want to participate in on-campus interviews with recruiters in Bloomington.
Professional development curriculum
The Evening MBA program is a national model of how to meet the career service needs of working professionals. During your first semester, you will complete a battery of personal assessments and participate in a leadership simulation to identify professional strengths and weaknesses. Coursework and GCS career coaches will help you use this data to formulate a career action plan by the end of the third semester. In a lecture series each spring semester, executives from successful Indiana companies (large and small) expose students to career tracks and opportunities in different industries. Local executives also mentor small groups of interested students with common career interests. Evening MBA Enterprises allow students to gain professional experience through consulting projects with Indiana companies. The program offers a for-credit course on career management for students close to graduation.
On-campus interviews in Bloomington
Some Evening MBA students elect to interview each fall alongside the full-time MBA students in Bloomington. Success in this process requires rigorous preparation that begins in March under the guidance of GCS staff in Bloomington. Students must be willing to drive to Bloomington multiple times, especially between August and November. Students win few job offers that keep them in Indiana through this process, so a willingness to relocate must be strong. Rather than interviewing in Bloomington, students, who seek to change employment but stay in Indiana, are encouraged to conduct a self-directed job search with the assistance of GCS.
Instead of a job change, some Evening MBA students seek advancement with their current employers. The HiPo (High Potential) program, through group coaching, helps students appraise their organizational environments, increase self-awareness, and act upon opportunities to demonstrate value for their employers. Expanded use of assessments and an emphasis on self-reflection help students overcome self-imposed professional limits.
Job Loss "911 Service"
Many Evening MBA students work full-time and rely on some form of tuition subsidy from their employers. Students who unexpectedly suffer job loss can call upon GCS for help in identifying a job search strategy targeted to restore employment in the short run and enable completion of the MBA degree.