Career Management Center

Career Management Center

You can start using the vast, dedicated resources of the Cox MBA Career Management Center from the moment you enroll. That's the time to start targeting your career goals and mapping a strategic plan, and we're here to help you. From personal branding and coaching, to job search and the CMC's unique career treks, our mission is to make sure you achieve your goals. And the help doesn't end at graduation. The world measures the success of an SMU Cox degree by the success of our graduates and alumni.

 SMU Cox helped me transition careers from public accounting to private equity. Without the Cox MBA and network, I would not be in my current profession.

Kevin Glomb, MBA 2013

Vice President Dos Rios Partners

  • Career Coaching

    You’ll meet regularly with a job coach during your first year and also during year two — if your internship hasn’t already landed you a job offer. Together with your coach, you’ll:

    • Pinpoint areas for your development.
    • Develop your personal brand.
    • Set and fine-tune your goals, and map a career path that includes target companies.
    • Boost your job search skills.
    • Prepare for internships and job interviews.

    Post-graduation, our coaches support you as you advance and succeed. And if later in your career you decide to take a different path, you can turn to the CMC to help make that transition.

    See more about how the CMC's career coaches can help you

  • Career Resources

    Pre-MBA and through your years as an alum, the CMC's robust set of digital and print resources will help make your job search efficient and successful. Among the resources that students find especially helpful:

    CareerLeader — a business career self-assessment tool — is available to you immediately post-enrollment in an Cox MBA program.

    Handshake is an online job board for MBA candidates and alumni. Create a profile so employers can contact you about opportunities. You can also browse through posted jobs and internships and apply directly.

    The MBA Minute, a weekly email, notifies you of upcoming events and on-campus interviews. It also includes a snapshot of the week's job postings.

    See more career resources

  • Treks

    A Cox School trek is more than a field trip. It's an intrepid expedition through the jobs landscape in your industry. Each fall, the CMC organizes city trips for MBA students who are on career trajectories in marketing, energy and finance. As a trekker, you'll spend time at several organizations, getting the inside story from employees on their roles and functions, meeting upper management and learning from Cox alumni who work there how they cut their path post-graduation.


  • Highlight: The Marketing Trek

    Marketing Trek | Seattle

    Daniel Molina (MBA '18) was in his first year at SMU Cox when he set off with a group of students for the Seattle Marketing Trek. (The Trek alternates yearly between the West Coast and New York.) During the trip, they visited several global 500 companies are learned, among other things, the ins and outs of how Boeing markets to businesses and governments, how Starbucks finances new marketing projects and how Amazon aimed to implement plans for an efficient global marketplace with low costs and intricate shipping strategies. "The experience remains one of the highlights of my first semester in the MBA program," Molina says.

  • Events and Networking

    One way the Career Management Center serves students and alumni is by cultivating corporate partnerships with the organizations that recruit MBAs from SMU Cox. Each semester, the CMC hosts a series of events for students to network with employers who are actively searching to hire for internship and full-time opportunities.

    Other events at the CMC include:

    • Workshops — how to negotiate your salary, for example, and interview prep workshops.
    • Company information sessions
    • Networking events

  • Cox Collegiate Academy

    The Cox Collegiate Consulting Academy program prepares select MBA and BBA candidates for a consulting career. For one year, students in this unique program interact with prestigious Dallas consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company and Deloitte Consulting. Workshops, seminars, case study presentations and networking events are designed to help you build critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    After its first year, 100% of the students in the CCA program received job offers before graduation. That’s success!

    Find out more about the Cox Collegiate Consulting Academy

Next Steps

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