My best pieces of advice for (prospective) MBA students
To conclude this article, I list below my top tips to make the most out of your relationship with your Career Consultant (CC):
- Do not expect your Career Consultant to provide you with a job on a silver plate: Leverage their network and industry expertise by challenging your CC with relevant requests. Some examples are asking for an introduction to a common contact (it worked very well for me!) or playing the devil’s advocate on what you believe to be true.
- Do not choose a career path by default: challenge yourself and make sure you are following the path YOU really want to follow. Avoid staying in a job or industry just because you know it. Your CC can challenge you.
- Network, network and network: You can find more details on my networking tips and experiences in my previous articles but keep in mind that networking is a two-way relationship and you have more to learn by listening to your contact rather than flooding the discussion with your words. Ask your CC for advice.
- Leverage your student status and email address: being a student is a privilege and a serious advantage when it comes to connecting with people and companies, so leverage it.
- Work on your personal branding: be present online, share articles on LinkedIn, comment posts on social networks, write an article, create your website and polish your LinkedIn profile… there is an unlimited range of possibilities to stand out from the crowd and be noticed by your next employer or colleague.