The Business Career Centre (BCC) is an invaluable resource for your professional development. As a UBC MBA candidate you’ll have access to all the BCC offers, including:
One-on-one career coaching
Starting from day one of your MBA, you’ll get one-on-one support to develop your unique professional brand, explore your career options and make powerful connections with potential employers.
Career development classes and workshops
The BCC hosts a wide range of workshops and events, such as:
Workshops on resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, personal branding and negotiations
- Video practice interviews
- Mock salary negotiations
- International student-specific support for networking and communication skills
Networking and recruiting events
The Business Career Centre invests significant time and resources to develop relationships with employers, from dynamic startups to big global brands. As a UBC MBA candidate you’ll be able to take part in networking and recruiting events where you’ll gain insight into industries and meet potential employers. Events include:
- Company information sessions
- Industry Insights panel sessions
- Trek Programs
- Student-run events
- Other networking events
Experiential Learning Opportunities
The best way to learn is to do. This principle is a big part of the UBC MBA program and it’s also a big part of what we offer at the Business Career Centre. You’ll get hands-on experience pursuing a summer internship or entrepreneurial project where you can bring cutting-edge knowledge to real-world business problems. You’ll also be able to apply your classroom learning in business clinics and on the Global Immersion program.
Job and events board
Once admitted to the MBA program, you will have access to Career Options On-Line (COOL), Sauder’s jobs and events database. Through COOL, you can view and apply for job opportunities, schedule interviews, and sign-up for events and coaching appointments.
Conducting an effective interview is critical to your career progression. The Business Career Centre helps you develop and refine your interview technique through mock interviews with an experienced professional consultant. And you will have access to InterviewStream, an online video platform for practicing interviews.
MyMBACareer – online information and learning platform
Your platform for planning your professional journey including schedules, self-reflection tools, assignments and links to resources.
LinkedIn and your digital brand
LinkedIn has become even more important than your resume. As a result, we take your online professional brand very seriously. From self and peer assessment, to workshops and critical feedback from your career coach, you will have the support you need to develop a strong digital brand and leverage this important tool.
3rd Party resources and research tools
The Business Career Centre invests in external resources to support your exploration and development, including Evisors Webinars, WetFeet, Vault and more.
The David Lam Management Research Library also has a wide range of resources to help you research industries, companies, and job opportunities. The library website complements these activities with a powerful research tool that provides remote access to an array of databases and resources. To help you find the information you need, the library's staff offer individualized instruction on using the many available tools.
Alumni career services
Once you have completed the MBA program, we are here for you throughout your career. You will continue to have access to COOL, as well as a range of online and in-person career tools and resources. The exclusive Alumni Career Services web portal hosts career management content designed for working professionals, and events like free webinars to keep you on track and help you make informed career decisions.
UBC MBA graduates move into game-changing careers and go on to make a real difference. See employment stats and career outcomes of our MBA graduates.
Employers (by MBA career track):
Innovation & Entrepreneurship:
- Hootsuite Media
- Recon Instruments
- Westport Innovations
- Credit Suisse
- Mawer Investment Management
- Phillips, Hager & North
- Royal Bank of Canada
Product & Service Management:
- Procter & Gamble
- Bain & Company
- Boston Consulting Group
Other Alumni Profiles
Expand your network with our mentorship and training programs, many of which are tailored to specific interests.
Brand Management Mentorship Program
Capital Markets Training Program
Strategy Consulting Mentorship Program
Get advice on your resume, job searching and interview skills from a team of alumni mentors who work in brand management at companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Kraft and P&G.
Through a series of applied, in-depth training workshops led by finance professionals, you will gain the industry knowledge and technical skills needed to break into this field.
Run by alumni who work in the strategy consulting industry, this program provides high-performing students the opportunity to be interviewed by consulting firms, after successful completion of a mock case.
Alumni Early Connect Program
Case Interviewing Program
Consulting Toolkit Program
This peer coaching program is designed to help incoming full-time MBA students make a smooth transition into the school. Current students are paired with recent alumni to gain tips on how to navigate and succeed in the MBA program and beyond.
A case interview is the analysis of a business question. Unlike most other interview questions, it is an interactive process. In this program you will learn how to approach cases, learn different structures and hear from industry professionals about how case thinking has advanced their careers.
The Consulting Toolkit Program provides you with a ‘toolkit’ for effectively structuring and communicating your thoughts during a consulting interview. The program includes a series of workshops and mock interviews led by an experienced consultant.
Finance Mentor Program
MBA Mentor Program
Product Management Training & Mentoring Program
This program offers three mentor program streams: Capital Markets, Commercial Banking and Women in Finance. Students are paired with an industry professional and complete a range of activities, including workshops, resume review and interview prep.
With the MBA Mentor Program, you'll have the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with an experienced business leader who can help your leadership development. You'll also gain insight into different industries and business functions, learn about corporate strategy, and see how executives meet difficult challenges.
Deepen your knowledge of product management themes and key frameworks, while exploring potential career paths in this area. Through a series of workshops and activities you’ll get interview tips and advice from experienced professionals to help you advance your career.
Internships + Entrepreneurial Projects
Gaining first-hand experience outside of the classroom is a critical part of your learning, and a mandatory part of our program. You can choose to participate in one of the following experiential learning opportunities:
Pitch your skills to land a summer internship, then apply your MBA learning to real business problems. UBC MBA interns have developed new market opportunities, improved business processes and solved complex problems for brands such as Kit & Ace, Seaspan, PwC, RBC Royal Bank, Teck, Procter & Gamble, Deloitte and more.
In their internships, UBC MBAs have…
Helped Schneider Electric in their global operations
Mapped a $7.3 billion plan for Seaspan
Designed a logistics model to help Kit & Ace Expand
If you have been thinking about a new service or product, or want to collaborate on a classmate’s idea, the entrepreneurial project is good place to start. As you develop a product, conduct market testing or do a beta launch, you’ll be able to tap into UBC-wide resources.
Among the many entrepreneurial projects from past UBC MBAs are:
As a UBC MBA student you will make strong personal and professional connections.Tap into the power of these connections and you’ll experience the enduring value of your degree as you navigate your career.
Your connection to the UBC Sauder alumni community begins as a student, with opportunities to meet MBA alumni at events and through programs hosted by the Business Career Centre. Wherever your career takes you, you’ll remain part of an exclusive group of more than 4,000 UBC MBA alumni who live and work around the world.
There are more than 37,000 Sauder alumni business professionals in 74 countries.
Alumni career services
The Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre supports alumni over their career lifetime with a Alumni Career Services, including coaching, resources and webinars, job postings and mentor programs.
Connect with fellow alumni at UBC Sauder Square
Locating fellow alumni is easier than ever with UBC Sauder Square, a better way to network online. UBC Sauder Square is a feature-rich online social network designed exclusively for the 37,000+ members of the UBC Sauder alumni community. Once you log in, you’ll have the opportunity to post updates and photos to share your UBC Sauder experience; connect with alumni classmates, colleagues and future mentors; find your next career move on the job board; learn about events, webinars, and other UBC Sauder exclusive resources.
UBC Sauder Alumni Clubs
UBC Sauder Alumni Clubs operate in communities with higher concentration of alumni to serve the business, social and professional development interests of their members. Join an alumni club - in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, or London - and get invitations to regular meetings as well as special events. There are also volunteer alumni representatives in other regions of the world working to connect people and services.
Alumni reunions, organized by alumni volunteers with the assistance of the Alumni Engagement Office, are a great opportunity to renew friendships, make new connections and have fun
Continuing professional development
You can audit MBA courses after graduation based on available space and guidelines set by the Graduate Programs Office. This is great way to support a new career direction and build your network.
Focus your energy on a variety of alumni volunteer opportunities that will help you meet new people, acquire new skills and add value to your degree.
Learn more about alumni services and benefits.