Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Rutgers have an MBA Office of Career Management?

The OCM exists to serve two constituencies: MBA Campus Recruiters and MBA students (Part-Time and Full-Time). To that end, we are committed to helping MBA students become competitive candidates to meet the hiring needs of MBA Campus Recruiters.

 

Does the MBA Office of Career Management serve as an employment agency, headhunter, or placement office?

No. We market MBA students by graduation year because employers target MBA students by graduation year. Each year, therefore, we market the incoming Full-Time students for summer internships and the outgoing Part-Time and Full-Time students for full-time opportunities. The OCM does NOT place any student, and neither does any other MBA career services office in the nation. Rather, the OCM coaches MBA students to be competitive candidates and helps connect them to MBA opportunities on and off campus. It is the MBA student's responsibility to earn an interview and a job offer.

 

As a Part-Time MBA student, when do I receive access to the MBA Office of Career Management?

Immediately, for career advisement only. At 30 credits, for access to the MBA recruitment process, including On-Campus Recruiting for full-time positions. Why 30 credits? Employers target Part-Time students for full-time jobs a year before they graduate. At 30 credits, Part-Time students can realistically project their graduation year.

 

Can Part-Time MBA students participate in the On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Program?

Yes, but only for full-time positions and during the fall semester prior to your graduation year. (Only Full-Time MBA students are eligible to compete for OCR-Summer Internships). Part-Time students must have attended the Career Management Workshop (CMW) and have met all the other requirements described during the CMW. Note: It is the responsibility of every Part-Time MBA student to ensure that he/she has completed (or has enrolled to complete) 30 credits by the end of the summer in order to attend the CMW. Therefore, plan your course load, accordingly.

 

Why are Corporate Presentations, Meet & Greets, and On-Campus Interviews held during the day and on the Newark campus?

Corporate Presentations and Meet & Greets are held from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM or from 4:30-6:00 PM because those are the scheduled break times for MBA students. These events are held on the Newark campus for two reasons: 1) the Full-Time program is located there, and students in this program have attendance requirements regarding OCR events; 2) the MBA Office of Career Management has the appropriate facilities to host career events on the Newark campus.

The OCM encourages employers to choose the latter time to make it convenient for Part-Time students to attend. On-Campus Interviews can begin as early as 8:00 AM, with the last interview typically at 5:00 PM. As is the case with all OCR events at RBS and other MBA programs nationwide, employers will choose to come to campus when it is convenient for their representatives. Most career events, on and off campus, take place during working hours, so Part-Time students must plan accordingly.

 

This is my first semester in the Part-Time MBA program. Can I register for a Symplicity account?

No. Part-Time MBA students must have completed at least 30 cedits before registering with the OCM, as well as be free of any contractual employment obligations. (This does not include Tuition Reimbursement benefits.) Why 30 credits? Employers are interested in targeting Part-Time students for full-time jobs a year before they graduate, and, at 30 credits, Part-Time students can be realistically viewed by employers as graduating in the following year.

 

I am a Part-Time student, and I won't be graduating for at least two years. Can the OCM find me an MBA job?

No. We market MBA students by graduation year, and you're not an MBA candidate, in the view of employers, until a year before you graduate.

 

I am enrolled in a different Rutgers graduate program. Am I eligible to utilize the OCM's services?

No. The OCM provides career services to only matriculated students in the MBA program (Part-Time and Full-Time) and MBA alumni. Please contact your program director for career services available for your program.

 

How do I register for a Symplicity account?

You must first return a completed Code of Conduct Agreement. Once the form has been submitted to our Office, register for a Symplicity account.
**Your Symplicity registration will be deleted if we do not receive the Agreement within 24 hours.**

 

I can't log into my Symplicity account? Who can I contact for help?

For technical support, please send an e-mail to mbamail@business.rutgers.edu or call 973-353-1656.

 

How can I schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor?

To schedule an appointment, please email Dean Vera at dvera@business.rutgers.edu or Melinda Lawson at mlawson@business.rutgers.edu and include your availability for the following two weeks.

 

I am an alum. Can I schedule a career advisement meeting?

Yes. All career opportunities appropriate to alumni are posted on RutgersBusinessConnect.com, which is free to join.