The Business Career Centre is here for you every step of the way. We’ve designed a structured program of professional development and a range of career services that will help you go further, faster.
Market Readiness Experience Day
Before your classes even begin, we offer a full-day of job market readiness simulations and assessments to kick-start your professional development and determine your starting point across key dimensions including your professional impression, LinkedIn profile, networking and interview skills.
The first step in developing any successful career is to get a clear understanding of your strengths, aptitudes and aspirations. We provide you with access to self-assessment tools that will help you clarify your career direction. Throughout the program, coaches will help you develop and work through a personalized career development plan.
One-on-one career coaching
As a UBC MBA student you will be assigned your own professional career coach. Your coaching relationship begins at orientation, continues throughout your time at Sauder, and carries into your future career. You’ll get one-on-one advice and support to develop your unique professional brand, explore your career options and make powerful connections with potential employers.
Mentorship and training programs
Advance your career with the help of an experienced industry professional in one of the following mentorship or training programs. The style and format of the programs vary. Some are geared at getting you recruitment-ready, others are skills focused, but all will help you advance your career.
Experiential learning opportunities
The best way to learn is to do. This principle is a big part of the UBC MBA program and it’s also a big part of what we offer at the Business Career Centre. You’ll get hands-on experience pursuing a summer internship or entrepreneurial project where you can bring cutting-edge knowledge to real-world business problems. You’ll also be able to apply your classroom learning in business clinics and on the Global Immersion program.
Networking and recruiting events
The Business Career Centre invests significant time and resources to develop relationships with employers, from dynamic start-ups to big global brands. As a UBC MBA student you’ll be able to participate in:
- Company information sessions
More than 50 organizations host recruiting sessions on campus during the school year. These events are a great way to learn about different companies, find out about job opportunities and network with prospective employers.
- Industry Insights panel sessions
A panel of professionals give you a sense of what it’s like to work in their position, company and industry. The career centre hosts more than 20 sessions on all kinds of industries, including consulting, marketing, corporate finance, high tech and mining.
- Leaders Reception
Senior industry professionals are invited to meet 1st Year MBA students at this exclusive, annual networking reception. The event features a keynote speech from a leading member of the business community. Past past keynotes include: John Montalbano (CEO of RBC Global Asset Management), Christine Day (former CEO of lululemon), Tracy Reddies (former President & CEO of Coast Capital Savings).
- Other networking events
Network with MBA alumni at one of our casual cocktail receptions in downtown Vancouver.
- Trek Programs
Treks give you the opportunity to explore career opportunities outside of downtown Vancouver by visiting a wide range of company offices in Greater Vancouver and Calgary. You'll learn more about participating companies and their hiring opportunities and get the chance to network with company representatives and Sauder alumni. Trek Calgary takes place in August and Trek Vancouver runs in October.
- Student-run events
Career-related events and conferences are also run by the MBA Society and student clubs.
Job and events board
Once admitted to the MBA program, you will have access to Career Options On-Line (COOL), Sauder’s jobs and events database. Through COOL, you can view and apply for job opportunities, schedule interviews, and sign-up for events and coaching appointments.
Conducting an effective interview is critical to your career progression. The Business Career Centre helps you develop and refine your interview technique through mock interviews with an experienced professional consultant. And you will have access to InterviewStream, an online video platform for practicing interviews.
MyMBACareer – online information and learning platform
Your platform for planning your professional journey including schedules, self-reflection tools, assignments and links to resources.
Career development classes and workshops
The Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre hosts a wide range of workshops and events to help you clarify your career goals and get the skills you need to succeed in the job market. We offer:
- Workshops on resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, personal branding and negotiations
- Video practice interviews
- Mock salary negotiations
- International student-specific support for networking and communication skills
LinkedIn and your digital brand
LinkedIn has become even more important than your resume. As a result, we take your online professional brand very seriously. From self and peer assessment, to workshops and critical feedback from your career coach, you will have the support you need to develop a strong digital brand and leverage this important tool.
3rd Party resources and research tools
The Business Carer Centre invests in external resources to support your exploration and development, including Evisors Webinars, WetFeet, Vault and more.
The David Lam Management Research Library also has a wide range of resources to help you research industries, companies, and job opportunities. The library website complements these activities with a powerful research tool that provides remote access to an array of databases and resources. To help you find the information you need, the library's staff offer individualized instruction on using the many available tools.
Alumni career services
Once you have completed the MBA program, we are here for you throughout your career. You will continue to have access to COOL, as well as a range of online and in-person career tools and resources. The exclusive Alumni Career Services web portal hosts career management content designed for working professionals, and events like free webinars to keep you on track and help you make informed career decisions.