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Careers

High staff-to-student ratio means you get unlimited support—and exceptional connections—as you step into your ideal career.


Results That Launch Careers

MBA Class of 2019

90
Accepted offers within three months of graduation
107,949
Average starting base salary
100
Internship placement
Patrick Stahl
“I was very impressed with the … career center. I felt confident I would be prepared to find a job after graduation. Wisconsin also has a strong alumni network. As a smaller program, students connect with alumni who are eager to pay it forward and provide career advice.”
Patrick Stahl (MBA ’19)
Corporate Leadership Development Program at Stellantis

Top Recruiting Companies

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Exceptional Career-Readiness To Take On Your Dreams

360º preparation for a competitive advantage

  • Work with trained career coaches and advising experts
  • Focus your career path based on your interests, aspirations, and values
  • Gain proven job search skills to match with the companies where you want to work
  • Connect with powerful alumni and industry leaders in your field
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Small Class Size Advantage

  • Benefit from abundant, customized, one-on-one support
  • Get noticed, fit in. Faculty, staff, and advisors know you by name
  • Learn to thrive in teams
  • Work and learn with collaborative classmates

Career Lifeline: Immediate Industry and Alumni Connections

600+
Corporate partners connected to the Wisconsin School of Business
43,592
Wisconsin School of Business alumni
“Alumni support for the program is outstanding. One of the program alums, Jim Swanke, teaches a sustainability and risk management course and works for the consulting company Willis Towers Watson. I met with him for a mock interview, which led to an internship with his firm. Jim was such a supportive and encouraging advocate, advising me on which divisions would be best fits and connecting me with the right people. After graduation, I returned to Willis Towers Watson full time.”
Anne Judd (MBA ‘16)
Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

The Right Career Support at the Right Time

Pre-MBA

Get a running start on your career before you arrive on campus.

  • Work with your career coach
  • Learn about personal branding
  • Assess strengths, preferences, and work style
  • Update and enhance your résumé

MBA orientation

The weeklong orientation helps you start strong, day one.

  • Participate in exercises and discussions
  • Explore successful networking
  • Participate in activities with your chosen specialization

Year 1

Prepare for success in a summer internship to experience your chosen field firsthand and build your network. Many internships lead to full-time offers.

Work with your career coach on a career vision.

  • Engage in mock interviews
  • Prepare for case-based interviews
  • Participate in career workshops
  • Sharpen your LinkedIn profile
  • Connect with employers through on-campus recruiting
  • Attend career fairs
  • Network with help from the career management team and your career specialization

Year 2

If you receive a job offer during your summer internship, we help you evaluate the offer, negotiate salary, and more. If you have not locked in full-time employment, we’ll work with you on job-search strategies and connect you with hiring employers and alumni.

  • Explore targeted industries and companies
  • Research companies in depth
  • Develop and implement a job-search plan
  • Attend national career fairs, accompanied by Wisconsin MBA career coaches
  • Evaluate job offers
  • Learn how to negotiate compensation packages
  • Network with alumni and other industry professionals with help from the career management team and your career specialization
Lindsey Rasie
“For career preparation, the résumé building and interview practice were very helpful prior to interview season. And my professional mentor was key in guiding me through multiple, fantastic internship offers to be sure I made the best decision for my career.”
Lindsay Rasie (MBA ’18)
Senior Experience Researcher at Adobe

Ignite Career Accelerator: Gain Essential Leadership Skills

Develop essential, in-demand leadership skills as an individual, as part of a team, and as a manager through specially designed courses, experiential learning, and workshops. Get on a fast track to the UW–Madison Leadership Certificate.

Ignite Career Accelerator begins the summer before you land on campus and is integrated into your MBA, in the curriculum and through program elements outside the classroom:

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Ignite 3-day immersion during MBA orientation.

Explore how to lead with skill and confidence.

  • Cultural competence training
  • MBAs With a Heart: community service project
  • Becoming an MBA—Career Management Foundations
  • Emotional intelligence training
  • Workplace and networking etiquette
Leadership symposium project

Ignite leadership week and case challenges

Teams develop and pitch solutions to real-life challenges for actual companies and organizations. Read about past case challenges:

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Workshops and seminars

A wide variety of activities, events, and opportunities assures well-rounded exposure to leadership concepts and business executives and change-makers.

  • Discover your strengths: CliftonStrengths© Workshop
  • Leadership class
  • Speaker series
  • MBA Consulting Practicum
  • TED© Talk discussions
“Ignite Career Accelerator fuels our passion and ambition to lead with strength. Essential skills are making us the well-rounded business leaders, change-makers, and lifelong learners the future demands.”
Kayla Lewis (MBA ’21)
Human Resources Intern at Ecolab

Recruiters Seek Wisconsin MBA Graduates

“Wisconsin grads are a strong cultural fit with P&G’s purpose, values, and principles. UW–Madison creates well-rounded graduates with high integrity and a passion for winning. Wisconsin School of Business candidates are passionate about making a positive impact in the world and in the business from day one.”
Carrie Rathod
Procter & Gamble
“The majority of MBA graduates join Intuit having developed initial skills and expertise in other industries. As Wisconsin MBA graduates, they bring varying thoughts and perspectives to Intuit and are a good fit with our innovative, constantly transforming culture.”
Pam Paulson
Intuit

The Career Team: Focused on You

The professionals in the MBA Career Management Center are passionate about assuring your success—in the MBA program and in your career.

Leslie Taylor
Director of Career and Corporate Partnerships
Leslie brings more than 20 years of international experience to the School, first in the private sector and later within graduate management education at Chicago Booth School of Business (based in Hong Kong) and Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore. Combining career frameworks and deep practical experience, Leslie has advised hundreds of aspiring MBAs on global career matters. She has effectively developed and delivered live and Zoom workshops and individual sessions to students, as well as varied recruiter events in the U.S. and across Asia.
Betsy Golomski
“I am motivated by helping students get the most out of their MBA experience to be confident and ready to take on their new career paths.”
Betsy Golomski
Assistant Director, MBA Career Management Center
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.
Sandra Kubat
“I help students with résumé development, mock interview training, personal branding, and public speaking to give them a competitive advantage.”
Sandra Kubat
Assistant Director, MBA Career Management Center
Sandra brings to the team more than 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.

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