An interview with Marilyn Eckelman, Director of Graduate Management Career Services
Eckelman explains why the Carroll School is enjoying a strong and steady year for job placements and student internships
October 25, 2011
How have full-time MBA placements gone this year?
The final numbers for the Class of 2011 full-time MBA placements are in. This year 93% of our full-time MBA graduates received job placements. Everyone in the Class of 2012 was placed in a summer internship. The Class of 2011 experienced successful job offers in corporate finance, marketing and sales, human resources, as well as strategy jobs. Additionally, more students received offers from their summer 2011 internships this year upon last year. Another plus: for the Class of 2012, as of September 30, full-time job postings are up approximately 30% over the same period last year.
That's terrific. Have things been dismal leading up to this?
Not dismal, but not as robust as we would hope. The job market is still recovering from the financial crisis where full-time hiring came to a standstill and recruiting offices within companies were decimated. The job hunt for MBAs mirrored the struggles of the job market overall. Companies were, and still are, reviewing every head count. When you consider the number of job hunters still in the market, the search can take longer and be more competitive. There are also additional challenges for students who may require visa sponsorship as companies continue to limit hiring. Overall, I see this as the new normal and our job in Career Strategies is to work with students to individually source opportunities that may be a fit for them. We are always optimistic.
Tell us about how your office operates.
I believe the offerings of our office are unique. There are five of us in Career Strategies and we work with students individually. Every incoming student is assigned an advisor once joining the program. We not only work with the students’ resumes during the summer but also try to learn about the overall profile of the class so we can begin thinking about how we might work with employers interested in our talent. Also, we maintain relationships with employers and constantly introduce students to alumni within the industries and companies that interest them. Typically we see two types: the very specific, focused, "I-want-to-be-a XXXX" types or we see people undergoing a career transition. How we help each individual depends on the student, their professional experience and what functional roles they may be a fit for.
How else do you see the Carroll School differentiating itself from other programs?
Another differentiator between us and other business programs is we continue working with students long after they graduate. We've also gone out and invested in tools that allow our students to apply for jobs that are typically only open to bigger, high-ranked schools. Consequently, big corporate firms like Unilever and Target have now started seeing Boston College as a recruiting pool.
Clearly you really enjoy your job …
I love my job. I love working with the students and employers — it's like running our own business. We constantly have to educate ourselves so that we can continue providing value to the students. It's very dynamic and making introductions is hugely rewarding. We also are very committed to Boston College and the core values of being part of that community which comes with a certain amount of pride in our work. September 2011 marked my 10 year anniversary and it still seems like I just started working here!