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Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management Touts “Surround-the-Student” Model for Career Services

Hiring is up at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, a fact the school attributes to its innovative “surround-the-student” model for career services. “For job placement, 2010 was better than 2009, and 2011 was better than 2010. We expect 2012 to be even better yet,” said Frederick Staudmyer, assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center (CMC).

In fact, the CMC is reporting a 10-percent increase in second-year MBA full-time offers and an 8-percent increase in summer internship offers compared to this time last year. These figures, as well as strong student evaluations, helped Johnson’s CMC gain recognition as one of the “World’s Best Career Management Centers” in a ranking published by Poets and Quants earlier this year, earning an A+ score.

“We differ from many peer schools because we offer more one-on-one support to students,” Staudmyer said. “A couple years ago, we changed our model from one that was ‘drop-in,’ to assignment-based, and began using SalesForce customer relationship management software to track students’ progress,” he continued.

Under the direction of the CMC, Johnson MBA students are paired with one of eight professional advisers for personalized career guidance as part of an Integrated Career Management Program that features four pillar initiatives: professional clubs; passport programs, which introduce first-year students to ideas and trends in various industries of interest; career workgroups; and one-to-one career advising.

“Our Integrated Career Management Program helps us deliver on our ‘surround-the-student’ concept,” said Staudmyer.

To learn more about the Career Management Center at Cornell’s Johnson School, click here.

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