Explore Different Functions & Industries
Browse the Function & Industry Overview Sheets listed below to give you a sense of the industry and function verticals. See which ones match your skills and interests. Often, students will pick both a function and an industry (i.e. product marketing in tech). This will help you start articulating your story on "why this industry? And how are you a good fit?"
In the summer, you will get full access to our internal career portal, “The Parker Portal,” including deep-dives by industry and function, instructional videos on how to craft your MBA resume and cover letters, and best practices for networking and interviewing.
Network Tracking Sheet
Have a brainstorming session and populate your spreadsheet with all the people in your current network:
- Current and former colleagues
- Undergrad and high school classmates
- Parents and relatives
- Parents' and relatives' friends and friends' parents and relatives
When you reach out to the people on your tracking sheet, just ask to meet for a 15-minute chat. Suggest coffee or a phone call at their convenience. This small ask is hard to say no to.
No need to reach out to current UCLA Anderson students and alums yet. You will have plenty of time once you start school and they will be much more receptive then.
When having the informational, the main goal is to establish rapport and figure out if you would want to pursue a similar career.
Use this Company Research worksheet below to help you with your research prior to your informational. Fill in the Class of 2025 Networking GoogleDoc (will be shared in July), so your classmates can find you and learn more about you.
Questions to ask:
- What is your background? How did you position yourself for this field?
- What are the functions/responsibilities in your position? What is a typical day like in your job?
- What is the typical role/function/responsibilities for a newly-minted MBA? What are your expectations for MBA candidates?
- What do you like most about your job? And what keeps you at the company?
- Is there anything you don't like about your job?
- Can you talk about the typical career progression?
- What are the important personal qualities or abilities for someone in your position?
- How have the recent changes in the industry affected your company? (make sure to google first)
- What is unique about how your company operates?
- Do you know other people who I could also speak with?
- Are there any publications/books/blogs/conferences/professional organizations you would suggest?
After the informational:
- Follow-up with a thank you email within 24-48 hours referencing something specific you discussed.
- Add notes about the meeting and next steps in your Tracking Sheet.
- Keep in touch. Check back with them periodically (every few months) with any new and relevant information regarding your career search (interviews, offers, etc. ) or by sending an article that is pertinent to their industry/company/alma mater.
Follow Industry Trends
By dedicating 30 minutes a day to read up on recent deals and products, you will be amazed how quickly you can become knowledgeable on a new industry and identify new potential companies to target.
Set up Google alerts, read newspapers and publications. The deeper the knowledge you have about your target industry/company, the more confident you'll feel talking to recruiters in the field.
CPG Brand Management
Put Your Resume in Anderson Format
Strengthen current relationships you have with clients and customers. Networking will be a major factor in finding your summer internship and post-MBA position.
Write down what you like and dislike about your current job, company and industry. This will help you stay focused while you're at school and away from the office environment.
Write down your strengths and weaknesses. Set up a game plan on how you want to utilize the next two years to turn weaknesses into strengths.