Career Services

UCLA Anderson provides dedicated career services to Executive MBA students to help them manage their careers, whether they are looking for ways to take their skills to the next level within their current organizations, or shift to something completely new. EMBA Career Services provide one-on-one career coaching, a variety of career workshops, programs and resources, and a career management website tailored to meet the needs of the UCLA Anderson Executive MBA.

EMBA Career Services Staff

Susan Dearing
Susan Dearing

    Director, ProMBA CMC and EMBA Career Coach


Gary Krolak
Gary Krolak

Assistant Director and Operations Manager


UCLA Anderson's EMBA students have access, beginning in their first year, to a dedicated EMBA executive career coach with an extensive background in providing career counseling and coaching to business professionals and executives. The EMBA career coach is available to all EMBA students in navigating the stages of career management and developing "Career Readiness" by providing assistance in:

  • Self-assessment
  • Strategy (e.g., targeting jobs, creating a career management plan)
  • Skill development (e.g., resumes, cover letters, networking)
  • Mock interviews
  • Job offer evaluation and negotiations
  • Career advancement strategies for leveraging the MBA in your current organization

The EMBA career coach is available for confidential, one-on-one career counseling appointments during each class weekend, or in-between class weekends by phone and/or in-person, to assist students in managing their career, determining their next steps and helping them to develop a strategy to reach their goals.

Lunchtime Career Management Workshops
Career workshops for EMBAs are held regularly each quarter on Saturdays during lunch on class weekends on a variety of career topics such as preparing for the next career move, networking, interviewing, negotiating, researching and targeting companies, strategies for career advancement and how to work with executive recruiters.

First year EMBA students are offered a year-long series entitled "Marketing Yourself for the Job You Want," which begins early in the fall quarter. The workshop presentations focus on the key principles of marketing as applied to the career management and job search process. The take-away is a written career marketing plan that students develop during the series. Whether students are seeking to move within their current organizations or do an external job search, the same strategies covered in this series apply to both!

Career workshops for second year EMBA students take a more in-depth look at the career management topics covered in the first year, include guest speakers and opportunities to practice and receive peer coaching from their fellow classmates.

Job Search Teams
The Job Search Team is a practical resource for EMBA students who are: 1) unemployed due to lay off or job loss, and/or 2) who are in active search mode, and is offered every quarter including over the summer. Job Search Teams provide work group structure that enables students to manage their job search process by identifying tasks, setting specific work objectives, and measuring weekly progress in meeting job search and career transition goals. The group format also allows for very positive, synergistic strategizing, networking, information-sharing, and mutual support and is facilitated by a professional career coach with in-depth experience in running job search teams.

Student Networking Events
Opportunities occur for EMBA students to network with students from the other two MBA programs. Twice a year there is an All Anderson Networking Event held on campus during class weekends. In addition, there is a double EMBA class weekend each year which gives first and second year EMBAs the opportunity to meet and network with each other, as well as periodic Saturday lunches with the FEMBA students.

UCLA Anderson Student Associations
There's over 40 student organizations on campus and they are very professional, extremely well organized, and all very active and connected in networking with industry professionals. The associations sponsor a variety of career activities, including speaker events, panels, roundtables, workshops and career nights. Student associations love having EMBA students as members.

Executives in Residence
Executives in Residence are high level, experienced experts in their industries including banking, finance, engineering, consulting and technology, and are available to meet with EMBA students individually. These executives share industry insight and knowledge, provide students opportunities to engage in conversations specific to their industries of interest, give coaching to those students already in their fields who want to advance, and in some cases, reality checks to those students targeting their particular fields or industries.

Career Tools Website for the Professional MBA
This site has extensive content tailored specifically to career needs of UCLA Anderson's working professionals and executives, i.e. current students, as well as its alumni. There is a wealth of information and resources to enable EMBAs to manage their careers. The site includes effective how-to practical information, worksheets, articles and links to the best websites for everything from self-assessment, career management and job search strategy, researching and targeting the job market, to resume writing, interviewing, networking and negotiating the job offer.

For students interested in making a career shift or job change, UCLA Anderson provides resources to facilitate, support, and coach EMBA students as they develop their job search strategies, but the school does not perform a placement function.

There are numerous employer-related resources for EMBAs, including employer briefings, company presentations and receptions which are coordinated by the Parker CMC, as well as an on-line EMBA Resume Book.

EMBA On-Campus Recruiting
On-campus recruiting is open to EMBA students in their second year for full-time positions, and in the beginning of their first year for summer internship positions.

Experienced MBA On-Line Resume Book
All EMBAs are welcome to participate in the on-line Resume Book once they have submitted their resume and a signed Employer Waiver Form (for company-sponsored EMBAs).

Recruiter Breakfast Briefings
Periodically during the program, executive search firm recruiters participate in "Breakfast Briefing" meetings with EMBA students. Search firms range from major retained firms to boutique specialty firms. This is a great opportunity for recruiters to connect with UCLA Anderson's EMBA talent pool and for students to widen their network of recruiter contacts. The breakfast meetings are always held on Friday mornings before the class day begins.

Parker Postings Job Posting Site
These job postings are intended for UCLA Anderson MBAs of all experience levels, including upper management and executive-level positions. All postings are screened by the Parker CMC and come from companies that are specifically interested in hiring UCLA Anderson students and alumni. Candidates review the listings and contact the firms directly.

CareerLeader was developed over 10 years ago by two psychologists from the Harvard Business School and is used by over 250 business schools around the world. It provides a comprehensive on-line assessment tool that profiles students' career and business interests, work values, strengths, weaknesses, organizational fit, and entrepreneurial attributes. The assessment is available to EMBA students free of charge.

EMBA students don't need to wait until they graduate to access these alumni career resources:

UCLA Anderson Alumni Directory
All UCLA Anderson students and alums have access to the on-line Alumni Directory. The UCLA Anderson Alumni Network is a powerful resource for connecting with alums locally or worldwide. The database can be searched by region, industry, job function, company name or UCLA Anderson student club membership. Anderson alumni are characteristically very supportive and helpful to other members of the Anderson community, so this is one of our students' most important networking resources!

UCLA Anderson LinkedIn Group
Through an agreement with LinkedIn, the popular online business networking community, an exclusive group for UCLA Anderson has been established. Any Anderson student or alum can join the group but must choose to do so by accessing the LinkedIn site.

Alumni E-Mail Listservs
Subscribing to alumni e-mail lists is a great way to gather information and network with Anderson alumni. The Alumni Office maintains over 50 listservs that are based on geographic location, industry and function specialty, and special interest. Regional alumni e-mail lists can also provide a great two-way communication vehicle to connect with alums and tap into job leads through the alumni network. In addition, subscribers to the Alumni Jobs E-Mail List receive real-time job listings via e-mail from the Parker CMC and UCLA Anderson Alumni. Jobs come from listings in the Parker CMC Classifieds and from direct postings by alumni.

"Anderson Jobs" Yahoo Group
The Anderson Jobs Yahoo Group's purpose is to distribute job postings to Anderson alumni and current students. You must be affiliated with UCLA Anderson to join this list. Job leads are compiled from a number of job posting sources. All members of the group can post jobs to the list.