Gaining the Competitive Edge
There's nothing like real-world experience to help you get a great real-world job. At Columbia, every MSBA student is required to work on engagements for actual clients on analytical projects. These experiences are provided to the students as part of the Analytics Capstone Projects course (IEOR E4524 Analytics in Practice). As you can imagine, these experiences greatly enhance your marketability to potential employers and have led to careers in, but not limited to, Analytics, Technology, Consulting, Financial Services, Advertising and Communications Media, Start-ups and more.
We take your career development very seriously. Before you begin our program you will receive an extensive list of resources along with some exercises to complete in order to get a jump start on your career preparation and job search to effectively prepare for our career curriculum. Each MSBA student has access to Career Placement Services in the IEOR department. A career placement officer will partner with you from the time you enter the program through to completion and beyond.
Even at the Graduate level, many students enter the program not knowing exactly what they want to do for a living. If you are entering our graduate program without a definite career goal in mind, you are not alone. We are here to help you consider all of your options, choose the career path that is best for you, and pursue that path energetically and successfully. The life and work skills you learn here will provide you with a firm foundation throughout every stage of your career. Click here to find some specifics of the ways we help you, both in a classroom setting and one-on-one.
The IEOR Career department is sensitive to the unique challenges and opportunities our international students face in the US, and have taken this into careful consideration when designing our professional development courses. We encourage our international students to get out of their comfort zones by helping them understand and navigate the cultural and business environments they will encounter here. Students learn how to craft introductory emails, engage in role-playing to prepare for one-on-one informational interviews and develop their networking skills, and learn how to keep connected after initial interviews and event attendance, with techniques proven to work in the US marketplace. We work closely with both employers and Columbia’s ISSO to make sure you have the information you need.
Professional Development and Leadership (PDL)
The program enhances the talents of graduate engineering students and broadens their skills in life and work. The program aims to build the engineering leaders of today and tomorrow.
The program core are the building blocks to developing the engineering leaders of tomorrow. The PDL program lays a foundational platform that encompasses an array of course offerings (i.e. courses, workshops, labs, competitions, etc.) available throughout the year to all graduate engineering students.