Student Perspectives:

Fidel Zawde

"The Berkeley-Columbia network has created a unique group of individuals who appreciate the vast scope of our shared learnings."

Fidel Zawde, MBA 2010
Senior Product Manager, Mobi TV, Inc.

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Long-term Career Advantage

Whether you are looking to advance within your current organization, change your career, or explore entrepreneurial options, the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program’s resources, key locations, and deep ties to global firms will provide you with the tools and connections you need to launch the next stage of your career.

We encourage students to take advantage of the spectrum of career resources at both schools and on both coasts. These include:

  • Individualized career advising, in-person or by phone at both Haas and Columbia
  • Online self-assessment tools to facilitate further career development
  • Professional-development programs on such topics as assertiveness, delegation, and communication skills
  • Tailored workshops for career strategies
  • Advice on internal job search strategies and effectively managing oneself in the workplace
  • Two alumni job boards, through the Experienced Hire Talent Portal at Columbia and MBA CareerNet for Alumni at Haas
  • Career fairs in spring and fall, sponsored by each school
  • Webinars and teleconferences on both general career management topics and timely topics to remain competitive in the marketplace (through Haas’s CareerNet and Columbia Business COIN)

After you graduate, lifetime auditing privileges at both schools allow you to continually renew your business education. The opportunity to audit elective EMBA and MBA courses (space permitting and with faculty permission) means you can learn new skills, refresh existing ones, remain current in your industry, and continue to build your network.

Columbia-based Career Services

Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center (CMC) is specifically designed for EMBA students—working executives seeking to add immediate value to their employer and enhance long-term professional development. The school’s Career Management Center and Alumni Relations Office fosters powerful connections between top global employers and the distinguished experienced-level talent pool from Columbia’s Executive MBA programs.

Haas-based Career Services

The Chetkovich Career Center at Berkeley-Haas provides you with a wide variety of customized tools and services specifically for Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students. A dedicated team within the Career Center works with the BCEMBA population beginning from the new-admit phase, continuing throughout your lifetime as an alum. To meet the needs of your demanding schedule, many activities and events are held at convenient times, such as on weekends. In addition, the Center’s staff holds evening and weekend consulting hours and is available year-round to support your needs.

One of the many roles of the Center is to assist you in thinking strategically about your career objectives and to offer you a structured approach to tackling today’s job market. Personalized services offered include assistance with individual planning, clarifying career goals and objectives, resume writing, and interview preparation. A series of individual specialty courses, seminars, and workshops covering diverse topics such as personal branding, business etiquette, and networking help prepare you for a variety of professional situations. The Experienced-Hire Career Fair, Executive Recruiter & Experienced-Hire Networking Event, and the Experienced-Hire News are specialized services for the senior professional.

The Chetkovich Career Center and industry clubs organize job fairs and on- and off-campus recruiting activities for all MBA students, ranging from corporate presentations to more informal events, including industry firm nights, corporate visits, alumni mixers, and career panels. Online career tools such as the school’s career website, CareerNet, the Haas Alumni Network database (HAN), and the Experienced Hire Resumé Database provide an interactive channel to 300+ full-time opportunities each month and a multitude of employers. Alumni maintain access to the Alumni and Resume databases, helping you to continue your career trajectory seamlessly upon graduation.

Tapping the Alumni Network

For many, the powerful network of classmates and alumni offer rewarding and diverse career opportunities. Because your fellow Berkeley and Columbia MBAs know the intellectual rigor and innovative thinking associated with your education—assets for any company—they often reach out to hire graduates of the program. Looking to add value to his management-consulting firm, Situation Management Group, Bradley Cameron, MBA 2007, tapped six fellow graduates to join the company. And when Phil Puthumana, MBA 2008, recently returned from India, he reconnected with classmate Reddy Allen, MBA 2008, who ran a $100M company, Technodyne, and who soon hired Phil to run Technodyne’s Indian operations. Along the way, Reddy hired two more BCEMBA alumni and a graduate from Columbia’s full-time MBA program.

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