Career and Personal Development

Academic and career guidance coupled with personal development and networking can help students navigate the complex world of global business and leadership.

Mentor Program

The Center for Global Management Mentor Program connects current MBA students with members of the center's advisory board, a dedicated and actively engaged group of visionary global leaders spanning a variety of geographies and industries who have invested in the center in recognition of UCLA Anderson's important role in preparing the next generation of global leaders.

The CGM Mentor Program provides students with a unique opportunity to connect and form meaningful relationships with board members who provide valuable counsel and guidance on professional endeavors, living and working abroad, global business and life lessons. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of global leaders, board members contribute in one of the most meaningful and valuable ways. Through this program, mentees gain valuable guidance in academic and career direction; obtain advice, guidance and perspective; gain insights into industries and professions of interest; and learn about professional and personal development skills required to succeed.  The program was established to augment knowledge and understanding among students interested in pursuing a career in international business and management across a variety of industries and disciplines, as well as living and working abroad upon graduation.  Although mentors can provide guidance for career choices and serve as a sounding board for students as they make decisions about career choices, this is not a job placement program.

CGM board member Jon Niermann (’95), president and CEO of Loop Media and former president of Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific and Electronic Arts Asia, with his mentee Erika Gorman (’18), who received a summer internship with Amazon Studios in Santa Monica.

2017-18 CGM Mentor Program Timeline: October 2017 - June 2018

Application Deadline
Friday, October 6, 2017
(noon PST deadline)
Review of Applications
Weeks of October 9 & 16, 2017
(students may be called for interviews)
Final Pairing & Notification
Weeks of October 23 and 30, 2017 (anticipated)


The program is open to all UCLA Anderson's full-time, fully employed and executive MBA students. First year students with a demonstrated interest and commitment to a career in global business (either in the United States or abroad) are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

1. Mentor profiles will be shared with students who have expressed interest in the program. For those students interested, please contact Lucy Allard.
2. For 2017-18, there will be one student mentee per mentor, unless otherwise noted.
3. Interested students should submit their application by noon PST on Friday, October 6, 2017.
4. Mentor and mentee pairing will be performed by the CGM leadership. Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted. Mentees will be selected based on their passion for international business, academic accomplishments, leadership, career path and engagement with the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson.
5. The CGM will then meet with each mentee to outline guidelines and suggested interaction, as well as other expectations of the mentee/mentor relationship.


Application Process and Timeline

Once an expression of interest has been received by the CGM and mentor profiles have been shared, please complete the application which includes the following three components:

  • 1. Application form with basic contact details together with a headshot photo
  • 2. Current resume
  • 3. A cover letter, not to exceed 750 words. Topic: discuss your background and career goals, interest in global business and management and why you are interested in the CGM Mentor Program. From the profiles received, students must identify a particular board member or two that they would like as a mentor and explain the reason for selection. Applicants should also note if they have ever participated in a mentor program and served as a mentor/mentee.

For further information and to apply, please contact:

Lucy Allard

Executive Director, Center for Global Management

110 Westwood Plaza, Cornell Hall, Suite D304

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Days On The Job

CGM Career Development

In partnership with Parker Career Management Center, student clubs organize onsite visits with companies and recruiters known as “Days on the Job” (DOJs). Over the past two years, students have taken two major treks, including the Miami Latin American DOK and teh Greater China DOJ, which, depending on students' interest, may split up into the Hong Kong Investment Banking DOJ and the Shanghai and Beijing DOJ.

In late November 2015, in conjunction with the Greater China Business Association (GCBA), Parker CMC held its annual Greater China DOJ.  A group fo students met with Citbank, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Nomura in Hong Kong. Parker CMC also collaborated with GCBA club leaders to host on-campus recruiting events and further strengthen corporate relationships with Eli Lilly, J&J China and 

In early December, Parker CMC and the Latin American Business Association (LABA) held the annual Miami DOJ. Eleven first- and second-year students participated and met with Burger King, Citi, Concept II Cosmetics, J.P. Morgan, LAN Cargo, the Miami Dolphins, Pepsico, SAB Miller and Visa. An alumni event was also held, offering students an opportunity to network with local alumni. The DOJ greately assisted students from Latin America to explore career options and leverage their competitive advantage.

Parker CMC, in conjunction with the international identity clubs, will continue the momentum to build and stregnthen 

corporate recruiting partnerships internationally as well as domestically during the 2016-17 academic year.  Qilin He, Parker CMC's international program manager and advisor, continues to build relationships with international students as well as global companies and international divisions of the school's domestic corporate networks