A student’s involvement and interaction with the Career Management Center (CMC) is a critical part of the MBA experience at Rice. The CMC offers a variety of services for student engagement, from the Professional Development Series, Mock Interviews and Career Rodeo to parties on the patio (partios) and online initiatives such as workshops, podcasts, and social networking.
Professional Development Series - With the underwriting assistance from companies such as Cooper Industries, the CMC offers several career development workshops and experiential learning programs for both incoming and returning students. Previous topics have included Training the Street Valuation Seminar, Targeting the Hidden Job Market and Social Etiquette is Good Business.
Diversity Conferences - Attending conferences is a great way to network, look for new career opportunities and internships, and educate yourself on your options. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. The school participates in and hosts events at the major MBA diversity conferences (National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Association of Women MBAs) to engage companies that do not come to campus to recruit.
Corporate Education/Company Visits - Students can RSVP to attend on-site visits to New York City, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio companies for networking, school branding and corporate prospecting. By co-hosting alumni receptions in each city, the CMC provides opportunities for current students to meet alumni and discuss working in the industry, as well as potential employment opportunities.
Career Rodeo - Our Spring Networking and Recruitment Fair hosts major Houston companies, as well as entrepreneurial companies, and includes the pre-night event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where volunteer students and corporate recruiters mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. Previous Career Rodeo sponsors include Cooper Industries, AMA Houston, Rice Alliance, and Houston Technology Center.
Fall/Spring Partios - “Party on the Patio” networking events are held on Thursday afternoons at the Jones Graduate School of Business, allowing companies to meet students, faculty and administrators. Participating companies have included Continental, E & Y, ExxonMobil, FMC Technologies, and Cameron.
Get involved with MBA Clubs
and consider joining a professional organization such as Young Professionals in Energy
or AMA Houston
The Career Management Center (CMC) at the Jones Graduate School of Business serves to support each student’s development of a career plan throughout their two years. The CMC provides group workshops and works individually with students to ensure they develop the strategy, job search skills, and networking opportunities that will help them succeed in the professional MBA job market. The full-time student's career development begins even before classes start in order to prepare for the summer internship.
Review the CMC Commitment to Professionalism and Advising Guidelines
(PDF) MBA Career Management Online Course
The full-time student’s career development begins even before classes start in order to prepare for the summer internship. Upon acceptance to the MBA program, students are required to participate in a five-week online course in order to gain access to the Jones Graduate School of Business On-Campus Recruiting systems. In this course, they will submit a resume, cover letter, compile company and/or industry research, and gain better networking skills, resulting in a complete portfolio of career and job search tools necessary for finding their desired internship or job post-graduation. The MBA for Professionals student’s career development begins in their second year.Online Research
A comprehensive online library of industry guides on careers, company and industry profiles can be found in the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center
(BIC). Here, you may research company and industry information using a variety of reference materials, including:
Vault Career Insider
- Annual reports
- Business InfoTrac (limited company information)
- Disclosure SEC
- Disclosure Worldscope (international company information)
- Wall Street Journal
The CMC suggests using Vault Career Insider
as a starting point for career exploration and additional career management research. Vault can assist you in the following career areas:
Career Management Center (CMC) Resources
- Industry Career Guides - Download any of 20+ industry career guides from consulting to VC
- Industry Employer Guides - Guides to employers in banking, biotech/pharma, health care, and many other top MBA industries
- Career Topic Guides - Obtain career advice with 5 general career guides
- Specific Company Research
- Professions/Changing Careers
- Career and Interviewing Blogs
- A Day in the Life (of an Investment Banker, etc.)
- Determining Salaries
- Company Reviews (reviewed by current and former employees)
- Investment Banking, Consulting Interview Guides
- Much more!
Additionally, you may access the following documents via OWL-Space
to assist in resume and cover letter writing (complete with sample resumes and cover letters), general business and follow-up correspondence, company and industry research and more. A complete list of resources includes:
- Resume Writing
- Full-Time MBA Format
- Professional Resume Format (post-graduation)
- Online-searching Format
- Cover Letter Writing
- Business Correspondence - Networking, Informational Interview Request, Thank You Email/Letter)
- Communicating with Employers and Internship Recruiting
- Interviewing/Interview Prep
- Negotiating an Offer
- Job Search Skills/Industry Links
- Strategies for International Students
- Company Research
- Sample Interview Questions
The CMC provides many resources to help you clarify your career goals and refine your job search strategies, including individual advising sessions. To schedule a career advising session with a CMC advisor, please contact the Career Management Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713)348-3246.Career Management Center Staff