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
How have full-time MBA placements gone this year?
The final numbers for the Class of 2014 full-time MBA placements resulted in 91% of our full-time MBA graduates receiving job placements after graduation and 100% of the Class of 2015 being placed in summer internships. The Class of 2014 experienced successful job offers in corporate finance, marketing and sales, human resources, as well as strategy jobs. Additionally, job offers resulting directly from summer internships continue to be strong.
That's terrific. Have things been challenging leading up to this?
The job market has shown signs of improvement as companies look to build bench strength by adding the talent and experience they find in MBA students. The job hunt for MBAs continues to mirror the job market overall. Companies were, and still are, reviewing every head count. When you consider the number of job hunters in the market, the search can take longer and be more competitive. There are 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 new student is assigned an advisor upon joining the program. We not only work with the students’ resumes during the summer but also 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 of students: the very specific, focused, "I-want-to-be-a XXXX" types and those undergoing a career transition. How we help each individual student depends on the student, their professional experience and the functional roles for which they may be a fit.
How else do you see the Carroll School differentiating itself from other programs?
Another differentiator between us and other business programs is we continue to work with students long after they graduate. We've invested in tools that allow our students to apply for jobs that are typically only open to bigger, higher-ranked schools. Consequently, large corporations including Unilever, P&G and Target are now seeing Boston College as a talent pool from which to source talent.
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 to provide value to students. It's very dynamic and making introductions is hugely rewarding. We are also very committed to Boston College and the core values of the Carroll School. Being a part of that community allows us to take great pride in our work.