FAQs: Careers and Professional Development

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 MIB students at their summer internship at Nike in Oregon, Baker Hughes in Texas, and Rawabi in Palestine

How does the MIB program help me build professional skills?

The MIB helps students build relevant professional skills in several ways. Most centrally, the core curriculum ensures that all students have developed key business skills in finance and financial modeling, accounting, economics, and statistics. From there, students may choose to deepen their expertise in the areas of their choosing.

Beyond that, the MIB program and the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) help expose students to field opportunities and "real world" projects to enhance their skills and professional networks. From consulting projects to independent field work to business plan competitions, these programs allow students to put their professional skills into practice.The IBGC also offers ample opportunities for network-building through conferences, speakers, and corporate relations.

The MIB program believes that connecting students to meaningful professional opportunities throughout their time at Fletcher is critical to post-graduation success.

Where do Fletcher graduates work after graduation?

The MIB program positions its graduates for unique careers in a variety of sectors. Examples include:

  • large multinationals such as Amazon, GE, Procter & Gamble, Cisco, and Petrobras;
  • financial services companies such as Merrill Lynch and Aberdeen Asset Management;
  • consulting groups like Bain & Co, McKinsey, Monitor Deloitte, and Oliver Wyman;
  • international organizations including the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the International Monetary Fund;
  • large NGOs such as Operation Smile, ACCION and Environmental Defense Fund;
  • organizations focused on developing market interests such as USAID, OECD, and Dalberg.

Fletcher's particular expertise in emerging markets prepares graduates for careers that focus on high-growth economies such as India, China, and Brazil. Graduates go on to work in areas ranging from in-country positions to specialized jobs with major financial institutions, research organizations and multinational corporations.

MIB graduates are also well-prepared for "non-traditional" jobs within the traditional job market. Large employers find the Fletcher education uniquely prepares students not only for general management positions but also for jobs within governmental and regulatory affairs, environmental affairs, risk management, and other functional areas that necessitate an education that goes beyond traditional business skills. Additionally, country managers and risk analysts who must understand the complexity of national and local situations are well-qualified with MIB education.

What resources do you offer for professional development?

Fletcher considers professional development to be as important as academic development. The Office of Career Services has a staff with dedicated coaches for each sector that help students realize their career goals.

All students participate in a ten-week professional development program that helps them manage international careers during and after Fletcher. Topics covered in this interactive program include self-assessment; hiring theory; and personal marketing including resumes and cover letters, networking, and interviewing skills. Throughout their Fletcher careers, all students can take advantage of individual coaching; career trips to Washington, DC and New York City; sector-specific programming; a comprehensive employer database; and more. One of Fletcher's greatest assets, our vast alumni network of more than 7,000 graduates, is an incomparable resource for contacts around the globe.