Career FAQ

What resources does Tuck provide to facilitate a global career search?

There are many opportunities to participate in international trips, engage with visiting executives and connect with alumni in your chosen region in the course of your job search at Tuck.  

In conjunction with the Career Development Office, Tuck's career clubs organize periodic "career treks" to locations of interest around the globe -- recent destinations include New York, Boston, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Toronto and Dubai. During these treks, students network with alumni and recruiters and visit key companies within their industry. The location and focus of a trek is driven by student interest.

Each year the Center for Global Business and Government organizes half-term elective courses called Learning Expeditions (LEs). Led by a member of the Tuck faculty, LEs often integrate readings and company research with in-the-field international business exposure and networking opportunities.

The Career Development Office cultivates and maintains recruiting relationships with companies from around the world -- many of whom participate in on-campus recruiting or post global opportunities with our online job board.

Where do Tuck students accept employment?

Tuck students find employment all around the world. Like other business schools, about half our graduates choose to remain in the school's region for their work -- in 2012, 50% of our graduates remained in the Northeast U.S. The balance is evenly spread throughout the west coast, midwest, southeast, and major cities in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

How will I conduct my job search?

Tuck has a number of programs designed to help you make the most of your job search. Every job search is unique, but most successful searches include at least a few of the following components:

  • Sector Smarts: Held at the beginning of the fall recruiting season, Sector Smarts panels will introduce you to a variety of industries and functions. Tuck alumni from a given industry and a variety of companies will discuss their work experiences post-Tuck and how they navigated the Tuck job search experience. Panels include Finance, Consulting, Technology, Marketing/Consumer Goods, General Management, and Private Equity, and are moderated by the CDO student advisor for the industry.
  • Company briefings and on-campus interviews: Informational presentations given on-campus are followed in the winter term by on-campus interviews. In a typical year Tuck sees over 100 companies from a breadth of industries and geographical locations represented as part of the on-campus recruiting process.
  • Networking opportunities: Most companies that visit Tuck for company briefings also organize opportunities for networking with interested students. From casual, one-on-one "office hours" with an alum or recruiter to a formal reception or wine tasting event, the opportunities abound for conversation -- allowing you to explore many career paths and locate the best industry, functional and geographic fit.
  • Industry Bootcamps: Each year some of our top recruiting companies host a Bootcamp for their industry. These are afternoon workshops designed to give you a condensed experience of working in that industry: case studies, discussion and opportunities to ask critical questions about the career path.
  • CDO Career Education Workshops: Throughout the year the CDO will run career educational workshops designed to help you hone your skills with aspects of the job search. In addition to core programming in networking, interviewing, resume review and cover letter-writing, specific sessions are offered in response to student needs.
  • Job Postings: The CDO maintains an ever-growing online job board of opportunities posted by companies from around the world. In 2011-12, we saw over 1,600 specific job opportunities posted in our Tuck-specific system.
  • Interview Forums: For students conducting a geography-specific job search, Tuck collaborates with other MBA programs nationwide in hosting annual interview forums on the East and West Coasts.
Am I guaranteed an interview with the company of my choice?

There are two ways to be included on an interview schedule of a company interviewing at Tuck:

  • by writing a cover letter to encourage the company to select you for inclusion on their interview schedule
  • by bidding for an interview slot through Tuck's on-campus bidding process.

For each interview schedule held at Tuck during the on-campus recruiting season, half the interview slots are filled with candidates selected by the company. The other half of the schedule is filled by students selected through our bidding process. Each student is allotted the same number of bid points for the entire five-week recruiting season; how you allocate the points is up to you, and planning your allocation can guarantee that you will interview with your top-choice company. Some companies may also elect to fill all their interview slots by bidding, giving greater opportunity to students who are the most interested in interviewing.

Which companies hold briefings?

Most of the companies scheduled to interview students on-campus host company briefings. These presentations provide hiring companies the chance to inform students about their firm and the employment opportunities for which they will hold interviews. They also provide a chance for company representatives to meet candidates early in the recruiting process.

Typically Tuck sees over 100 companies on-campus for company briefings. See our Top-Hiring Companies for a list of companies that actively recruit Tuck students.

How do I network with Tuck alumni?

Tuck alumni are known for their dedication, sense of commitment and responsiveness to Tuck students. They will become one of your greatest assets for your job search. Alumni will not only return your calls and emails, they will coach you through interviews, hand your resume to decision makers, and seek you out when opportunities cross their desk. Each year many of our students find internships and full-time jobs as a result of connections in the alumni network.

Once at Tuck, you have access to our global alumni database, through which you can search for just the type of profile you want to connect with. While searching this database can be a great way to establish connections, the Tuck CDO advisors are also able to recommend certain alumni for your outreach and make introductions for a seamless experience. Finally, alumni regularly participate in on-campus events at Tuck, where you can set a personal foundation with alumni from your target industry or company in-person.

How does Tuck facilitate career changes?

The majority of Tuck students are career changers. We work closely with these students on an individual basis to come up with a job-search strategy aligned with the three variables that will drive change: geography, industry, and function. Our primary goal is to help students shift their ability to market themselves by supplementing prior experience with a range of new and relevant accomplishments: an independent study with a well-known professor, a consulting project, volunteer work, writing a case study, taking a leadership role in a student club, and choosing an internship that builds the most effective bridge. We also emphasize the importance of networking because, in the end, successful career switchers need to market themselves to prospective employers.