As you can tell from the other posts, we’re right in the thick of interview season right now. As someone who essentially looked for a new job/career for most of 2006-2010 (in fact, this was the largest factor in my decision to apply to business school), I often find myself in the position of providing perspective on the recruiting process here at Ross (and I assume at other schools as well).
I certainly understand that recruiting can be frustrating. We don’t always get the closed lists, second rounds, or even contacts that we want and it’s disappointing each time you find yourself, once again, back to square one. I am one of the many who are still waiting for that first offer. But I find the process itself overwhelmingly positive, and I think most people who seriously interacted with the job market in 2008 and 2009 would too.
Think about the traditional job search, particularly for those of us not in really hierarchical careers. You need to figure out the options available to you, identify target companies or organizations, find contacts and get them to talk to you, and finally, apply for jobs. If you’ve done this well enough, your resume gets pulled from the giant pile of other resumes also submitted for the position, and you go and have a great interview. Then, more likely than not, you never hear anything ever again!
Now, contrast this with the Ross process. A large portion of the top 100 companies to work for come to campus to find you, jobs are posted in an organized and single-location job database, recruiters know you by name, you have plenty of chances to network within companies, your (first round) interviews are scheduled at Ross (don’t underestimate the benefit of interviewing somewhere you already feel comfortable!), most of the interviewers are genuinely interested in getting to know you, and you get decisions and often very helpful feedback within 48 hours (some within just a few hours).
Even if you’re looking off campus, the prospect of an MBA plus the Michigan alumni network (largest living!) opens up all kinds of doors for you and the Office of Career Development is ready and willing to take advantage of their networks and help you strategize.
Much easier, right? As far as I’m concerned, this unparalleled access and directed practice is a primary benefit of business school. Wherever you go next year, be sure to take a step back, enjoy what you can, and take advantage of what you have.