The MBA Career Management Center at the Wisconsin School of Business provides a full range of services, giving you the tools for success. We are dedicated to helping each student land the internship and full-time position that are the best fit for them. At the same time, we help you develop the personal and professional skills that will enable you to manage your career throughout a lifetime.
Career management programming is delivered in a strategic sequence that readies you for each stage of the journey. You are expected to meet with your career coach at regular intervals. In addition, you will have easy access to the professionals in our Career Management Center, who are available to consult with you on any aspect of your job search and career planning—even beyond graduation.
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In the summer prior to arriving on campus, you will participate in Jump Start. This is a set of online modules and assignments designed to give you foundational skills and a running start on your career. You will also start working with a Wisconsin MBA Program career coach.
The week-long orientation, known as “The MBA Experience,” includes a number of sessions and exercises designed to equip you with career management skills.
In the first year of your MBA program, you will focus on landing and preparing for success in a summer internship. The summer internship is an opportunity to experience your chosen field firsthand and build a professional network. Many summer internships lead to full-time job offers after graduation.
Different career fields are on different cycles for their recruitment and hiring activities. We customize our services to the unique demands of each career specialization, ensuring that you are ready to meet with prospective employers when they are ready to meet with you.
Students who return from their summer internships with job offers in hand will need help evaluating those offers, negotiating salaries, and more. If you have not locked in full-time employment as a result of your internship, we’ll work with you to develop specific job search strategies and connect you with hiring employers and alumni.
“I came in thinking I knew how to interview—until I heard about how the second-year students interviewed. Then I realized how far I had to progress to be successful. The career management team gave me interview guidance through classes, with mock interviews, and simply by making me more comfortable answering essential questions. The skills I gained will help me throughout my career.”
—Scott Peiser, MBA
Consumer Insights Associate Manager, Quaker at PepsiCo
Director, MBA Career Management Center
Gina is the director of Career Management for the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program, overseeing both student career preparation and employer relations and development. She also serves as a career coach to students throughout the job search process and in their overall career development.
Gina began her career in the human resources field. In a former position managing the alumni career services program for the Wisconsin Alumni Association, she discovered her passion for helping individuals create their career visions and accomplishing their goals. At the Wisconsin School of Business, Gina is dedicated to helping future business leaders find meaningful employment after graduation.
Gina holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree in counseling from Lakeland University. She has earned a Global Career Development Facilitator’s Certification (GCDF), holds a Certified Career Counselor credential from the National Career Development Association (CCC) and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Assistant Director, MBA Career Management Center
In her role as an assistant director of the MBA Career Management Center, Betsy serves as a career coach and advisor for MBA students specializing in Brand and Product Management, Marketing Research, Strategic Human Resource Management, and Arts Administration. She works with MBA students in resume refinement, job search and networking strategies, interview training, and much more as they seek internship and full-time employment opportunities.
Betsy has a broad background in higher education, having previously worked in various strategic communications, program coordination, and event management roles at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Northwestern University. She is firmly committed to helping students successfully navigate their career paths, and empowering them to identify and achieve their professional goals.
Betsy obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
As an assistant director of the MBA Career Management Center, Sandra is responsible for career coaching, communication strategy, and internship training, as well as supporting MBA student internship and job placement efforts. She works specifically with MBA students specializing in applied security analysis, corporate finance and investment banking, real estate, risk management and insurance, supply chain management, and operations and technology management.
Sandra brings to the team almost 16 years of higher education coaching experience in the areas of résumé development, mock interview training, personal branding, and public speaking. She previously held positions in employment advising, student affairs, and academic advising at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Northwood University. She is passionate about having a positive impact on others and is excited to work with Wisconsin Full-Time MBA students to help them reach their full potential academically and professionally.
Sandra earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational/corporate communication from Northern Illinois University, and completed the Chicago Management Institute program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Employer Relations and Events Coordinator
In his role as the employer relations and event coordinator for MBA and master’s programs, Kyle serves as the direct point of contact with companies looking to hire our students. He works with employers to coordinate on-campus recruitment opportunities for students, such as information sessions, networking events, and interviews. In addition to event planning, he works to maintain and improve relationships with current employers and expand relationships with new companies.
Kyle completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While in school he was actively involved working in higher education with positions in both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment and with University Communications. In these roles, Kyle developed his passion for communications and grew his desire to work in a people-oriented role. With this, he remains committed to the Wisconsin School of Business, ensuring students are presented with the best prospects and opportunities to succeed.
You and your career coach will work closely with staff in your career specialization, who add their insider perspectives and industry-specific knowledge. The Wisconsin MBA specialization model ensures that you will have access to a valuable network of industry connections. Specialization staff will connect you with Wisconsin School of Business advisory board members, alumni, and other industry leaders who are eager to support your career goals.
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