Heller’s Office of Career Services integrates social impact into our individualized career counseling, programming and employer outreach. We are very excited to announce that in the Fall 2010 semester, we began offering a required career services series for all incoming MBA students, “Launching Your Mission Driven Management Career.” This series is one result of a close collaboration between the Career Services Office and the MBA faculty to identify priority areas for career development initiatives. This course allows students to explore their professional and career development goals within a larger social impact framework.
The Heller MBA has recently developed partnerships with Americorps, CityYear and Peace Corps along with the Boston Center for Community and Justice. MBA candidates coming from these organizations receive significant scholarships based upon their service backgrounds. From a careers perspective, we are continually engaged with these partner organizations in areas of programming and career development for our students.
The largest signature event for Heller Career Services is the Spring Career Fair: Jobs and Careers for a Social Impact which brings in mission focused public, private and nonprofit employers. Co-hosted with Brandeis’ undergraduate career center, this event attracts over 60 employers and reaches the entire undergraduate and graduate community. Career development programming highlights include the Mission Driven Career Panel and Entrepreneurship Panel with speakers who have started their own organization or social impact company.
Piloted in fall 2010, we started an Executive in Residence Program with Marc Fenton, President and Founder of Public Partnerships, LLC. In addition to offering individual interviews and group meetings, Marc gave a keynote presentation titled, “Building a Mission Driven, For Profit Organization and Growing it from $1M in Annual Revenue to $28M in Just Five Years.” Our next two Executives in Residence, Anuradha Desai and Barbara Duffy, each have a long history in the areas of social impact and entrepreneurship.
The Heller Career Services Center continues to partner with both Boston and Brandeis’ Net Impact chapters with plans to implement their Board Fellows program with our students. On campus, our Net Impact Chapter continues to develop speakers and events related to social entrepreneurship and management.