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Be the CEO of your Career... What is Your Mission?

Posted By Eva Glas, Thursday, March 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Can an MBA change the world? We think so. GSBN’s March Webinar "Alternative Career Paths for MBA students”, focused on the plethora of opportunities for MBAs outside of the traditional corporate field.

"There is an entrepreneurial spirit that is emerging and I call it next generation leadership,” said moderator Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau Associate Director for MBA Career & Professional Programs at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Alternative careers paths are becoming increasingly popular in the MBA world because they merge a business mind, philanthropic heart and adventurous spirit.

Three leading professionals doing business that is making an important impact in the developing world led the webinar.

Panelist Dan Zook is Project Leader at Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges. In addition to giving concrete examples of the global projects he has worked on, he explained what a firm such as Dalberg truly expects from MBA graduates. A question that I assume was on everyone’s mind!

The main requirements are experience in a managing consulting firm, experience in living or studying in a developing country, credentials from a respectable University, an entrepreneurial mindset and lastly a mission of raising living standards around the world. Find all of the information regarding the firm as well as career options on their website. Learn more about his reflections on finding an international and impactful career and how to use your MBA program to get a head start by watching the webinar video.

Click here to download Dan's Presentation

Our second panelist is recent MBA graduate Ramil Ibrahim. Ramil is a Fellows Associate for Acumen Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. The the Global Fellows Program is aimed to identify and train the next generation of leaders for the emerging market at the intersection of business and social impact who will act as innovators, architects and system-changers for this new sector. Becoming an Acumen Fellow is an amazing opportunity for an MBA graduate that is looking for a world-class leadership training and unforgettable fieldwork. For more information regarding the requirements, click here.

Click here to download Ramil's Presentation

Final Panelist Tom Kagerer decided to make a career change after working in the private sector including BMW for 9 years to create positive impact on less advantaged people, and is now Director of the LGT Venture Philanthropy iCATS program. LGT Venture Philanthropy strives to narrow the gap between rich and poor by investing in social and environmental organizations that increase the standard of life of less advantaged people. In particular, they try to maximize social impact of young and growing ventures. One of the ways they do this is through the capacity building program iCats, which LGT describes as bridging the gap between social organizations in need of professional know-how and resources, and business professionals with the desire to apply their knowledge and experience to benefit the social sector, thus acting as "impact catalysts”. There are 3-12 months temporary engagements around the world to contribute to a long-lasting impact on social ventures. Check out the requirements to become involved in the program right here.

Click here to download Tom's Presentation

The webinar was filled with great tips and advice as well as career opportunities for MBA students in the alternative field. Phyllis suggests doing as much research as possible, as well as reading and networking. Some of her suggestions for books include Sustainability by Design and Blessed Unrest.

MBA students, just remember Phyllis’s wise words, "Decide as if you are the CEO of your career, what is your mission? Then seek the internships and careers that fit into it.”

Watch the full webinar here.

Eva Glas is the Conference and Communications Intern at GBSN.

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