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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.
Calendar of Events
- Executive Search Panel and Cocktails
- Mar 12 2014 06:30PM
- Webinar: Creating Positive Perceptions in the New Job
- Mar 17 2014 12:00PM
- Women's Week Webinar: Managing Your Career Through Maternity
- Mar 26 2014 12:00PM
- Women's Week Webinar: Peak Experiences with Claire Steichen
- Mar 28 2014 12:00PM
- Webinar: Bridge Jobs
- Mar 31 2014 07:00PM
- Careers in Franchise Ownership Workshop
- Apr 02 2014 04:00PM
Alumni Events 2014: Mark Your Calendars
Reunion Weekend is the biggest alumni event of the year. Last year, 2,400 alumni and guests returned to campus to reunite with friends, network with classmates, and attend panel discussions on top business trends.
Annual Dinner 2014
The Annual Dinner brings together alumni, friends, corporate sponsors, and guests in an evening of support for Columbia Business School. Each year, the event raises more than $3 million in unrestricted support.
Pan-Asian Reunion 2014
Celebrate Columbia Business School’s global alumni network and thought leadership at the 2014 Pan-Asian Reunion in Singapore, featuring a two-day symposium on emerging business trends with discussions led by preeminent faculty members and alumni leaders.