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Effective career management is one of the most important skills to acquire and master. Columbia Business School has worked with thousands of students and alumni and found that the most successful careers are built around a five-step process — self-assessment, research, marketing, networking and interviewing, and ongoing professional development. We have the resources to guide you every step of the way.
Assessment is the cornerstone of the career management process. It's about examining and understanding your values, interests, skills, needs, and style to identify the career paths that are the best fit for you. Research involves gathering as much information as possible on companies and industries that carry out the work and best exhibit the values that you identified during the self-assessment phase.
Opportunities to sell yourself and market your skills can present themselves at any time. Jobs have been found and partnerships developed at cocktail parties, on taxi rides, and at company picnics. To do it effectively, Marketing can brand yourself consistently and refine your messaging so each interaction reinforces who you are as a professional.
Networking is a vital component of any career. It’s a valuable resource for learning about new fields and it’s also how approximately 80 percent of job seekers find work. As you transition from one opportunity to another, it’s important to be polished and prepared when you interview. As you progress within your chosen career, your skills should stay sharp and relevant to your superior, your job, and your industry. Attend conferences, take classes, and read voraciously so that you can continue to add value with Professional Development.
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Above and Beyond
Wolters Kluwer CEO Nancy McKinstry ’84 is building a legacy that goes far beyond ushering the global publishing company into the digital age.Read More
In his seven years at Virgin, Shai Weiss ’97 has helped the global megabrand take on new ventures.Read More
Shaping the Market
Together with Rich Donovan ’02, Brian Dawson ’99 has built Fifth Quadrant Analytics, which rates firms based on economic drivers specific to people with disabilities.Read More
The Big Leagues
Sports inspire a level of passion that may seem otherworldly to the uninitiated. Impressed by such zeal, alumni executives in the industry are pursuing bold agendas that will have lasting impact.Read More
Get inspired by alumni who are driving change in more than one sector.Read More
Man on a Mission
With DimensionU, Ntiedo Etuk ’02 is using video games and a healthy dose of competition to get millions of kids excited about learning.Read More
A Small World After All
By helping thousands of New York City children attend high-quality afterschool programs, Alison Overseth ’84 is upping the odds that they’ll be successful.Read More
As CEO of Huge, Aaron Shapiro ’96 is helping firms succeed in today’s digital world.Read More
The Right Fit
When Brian McBrearity ’01 (EMBA) moved to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the plan was to clear his head and determine his next steps. Instead, he fell in love with Africa.Read More
Calendar of Events
- Ellis Chase Presentation/Book Signing: Successful Career Transitions
- Dec 05 2013 06:30PM