MBA Career Change Course

Module 1


Ellen Bartkowiak, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Know Your Options! A Strategy for Change

Whether you feel stuck and don’t know where you want to go or you have a change of direction already clarified, do you know what your options are as a Career Changer? This session will suggest ways toidentify your career options to follow a four-step process to focus on what you CAN control. We'll discussthe confidential job search, the importance of powerful connections and the secret step that no one wants todiscuss but MUST be addressed. Since 80% of jobs are still obtained via.. Read more

Susan Whitcomb, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Description for Assess Your Assets . . . Determine Your Direction to Jumpstart Your Job Search

Having so many career options as an MBA can be an asset as well as a detriment in your job search. It can make it difficult to narrow your focus to a particular position or field. MBA Career Strategist Susan Whitcomb presents a step-by-step strategy in her 3-part series for assessing your unique strengths and determining your career direction.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Module 2


Dawn Graham, ( PRESENTER BIO )

How to Overcome Top 10 Career Change Challenges

Practical tips from an executive and MBA career coach to overcome common obstacles and get moving on the path to change careers.

Topics include:

  • How can the skills that I gained from an MBA enhance my candidacy in this career change?
  • How do I overcome the concern that I'll be "throwing away" years of my life by taking a step backward?
  • How can I convince the.. Read more
Jenny Blake, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Pivot: How to Make a Career Transition in Four Stages

Careers are not linear, predictable ladders any longer; they are fluid trajectories. No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past. The average employee tenure in America is just four to five years, and even those roles change dramatically within that time. Our economy now demands that we create businesses and careers based on creativity, growth, and impact. In this dynamic world of.. Read more

Module 3


Ron Ploof, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Finding and Telling Your Career Change Backstory

Career changers have distinct advantages and perceived disadvantages compared with their competition.
This presentation will give you tools to clarify the advantages and mitigate the perceived disadvantages through the power of the story.
In this presentation, Business Storyteller Ron Ploof shows you how to use his StoryHow™ method to help you find, develop and tell your story so that interviewers remember you over your competition. You will.. Read more

Dorie Clark, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

You want to make a change in your professional life, whether it’s shifting jobs, functional roles, orindustries. But just because reinvention is common, that doesn't mean it's easy. You have learned newskills and made new contacts in your MBA program, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Now it’s timeto seize control of your professional narrative, strategically reintroduce yourself to past colleagues, anddemonstrate unquestionable expertise in the new area.. Read more

William Arruda, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Your Brand Evolution Plan: Remain Uniquely Relevant and Valuable

To launch your career change strategy, you need to assess your current branding and take action to re-brand regularly so you can achieveyour goals and increase your happiness at work. You must learn how to develop brand aspirations and commit to action that evolves your brand from where it is to where you need it to be. With a special emphasis on digital branding, this presentation will guide you to create arebranding plan that’s aligned with who you are and how you want to deliver.. Read more

Module 4


Ross Macpherson, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Writing a Resume for Career Change

Making a career shift is one of the toughest/tricky moves to make. Resume expert Ross Macpherson shares the different strategies in this video on how to be successful in your career change by building a strong resume. He starts by providing the different things to AVOID so as to prevent being ignored by employers and recruiters. Then he provides the DO’s and other great tips in creating a solid resume.

Ellis Chase, ( PRESENTER BIO )

How to Fill Your Experience Gaps

What happens when you complete the MBA and then find out you’re still missing some key ingredients for the next career move? Changes are always tough, but definitely feasible, even in tricky economic situations. From a base of solid self-assessment, this presentation describes non-traditional “bridges” to fill in experience gaps and add significant real-world skills. Or, in other words, what happens when you find out that the expensive, time-consuming MBA is not quite.. Read more

Module 5


Ross Macpherson, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Writing a LinkedIn Profile for Career Change

The strategies used in creating your resume applies to your Linkedin but done differently. The following are the Do’s in creating your LinkedIn profile:
• The information in your Linkedin profile should be about the new role and not focused on your current work.
• Your Headline which contains 120 characters should talk about your goals. It has to be concise.
• Make your case in the About section. It should give your compelling reason for.. Read more

Viveka Von Rosen, ( PRESENTER BIO )

LinkedIn Search to Find People, Jobs & Companies

In this presentation, LinkedIn expert, Viveka von Rosen, describes the ways of using LinkedIn Search to effectively find the right people, jobs, and companies.  Then she provides templates for invitations to connect.

Find for People, Jobs & Companies
Find Alumni
Inviting Prospects to Connect
Communicate with New Contacts

Module 6


Steve Dalton, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Target the Right Employers: Four Steps to Build Your List Fast

Building a target list is a key step one in developing your job search plan and provides focus for your networking.
People involved in sales use prospect lists. These lists contain company names and contact information for
people who MAY be interested in the product or service they are promoting. We’ll call these target companies.
In your case, these target companies would potentially need your skills or expertise.
Answer these questions to help you determine.. Read more

Darrell Gurney, ( PRESENTER BIO )

10 Keys to Make Connections that Open Doors

Learn a roadmap for building a powerful online presence – taking advantage of all the social media tools available, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs and other social media to grow your brand and increase the value you deliver to your employer. Today, if you don’t show up in a Google search, you don’t exist. Building your personal brand on the Web is not only important to finding a job once you receive your MBA, but it’s also critical to.. Read more

Nathan Perez, ( PRESENTER BIO )

20 - Minute Networking Meetings


Information Meeting

Part 2: The Five – Step Structure

Information Meeting

Part 3: Sample Meeting

Information Meeting

Module 7


Taura Prosek, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Why You? Preparing Your Story to Answer the Inevitable Make or Break Interview Question

The interview is the sales opportunity that you've been waiting for to truly differentiate yourself from other candidates in ways that a resume cannot that results in a job offer. This presentation gives you tips and strategies to follow when preparing for an interview performance that will help make yourself memorable, establish trust and confidence, stand out from the competition, and strongly communicate your value to the interviewer.

The number one question for each.. Read more

Alan Carniol, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Preparing for the Tough Interview Questions

In providing answers to all tough questions, here’s a four-step structure that can be used as a guideline:
1. Give a background.
2. Identify the problem.
3. Layout how you came up with the solution.
4. Show how this would benefit the company.
Remember to always focus on the positive explaining how you can solve problems and deliver results.

Alan Carniol, ( PRESENTER BIO )

Behavioral Interview Mastery

When you are called for a job interview, some common questions asked are:

  • “Tell me about a time when” – Is a behavioral type of question that could be part of different questions asked or a series of behavioral questions.
  • “What would you do if” – Is a situational type of question.

Both should be or best answered by telling a story. It is what the interviewers are looking for as evidence that you have the experience,.. Read more