Mannheimers work in over 900 companies of all sizes and in all sectors, including all the DAX 40 companies, and have the best prospects on the job market. This is because they have successfully completed a demanding program and also because they can rely on a strong network and the comprehensive, high-quality services of our Alumni Relations and Career Development Office.
Cassie Radford, Chief of Staff | Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific Japan at SAP, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2018
“When I joined the MBA, I had no intention of leaving the aviation industry. However, the program gave me insight into other industries and the ways in which my skillset could apply outside of aviation. Having a dedicated career advisor offered immense value to me throughout the program. I have made the triple jump of country, function and industry. This certainly would not have been possible without the support I received throughout the MBA program and, specifically, the Career Development team.”
I decided to do an MBA following 10 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to the program, I had a reasonable amount of direct people leadership responsibility and operational accountability in my roles. However, I wanted to broaden my future opportunities by building on my commercial and business acumen. I specifically chose the 12-month full-time program as it allowed me to step out of the working environment for a short period of time to focus solely on my own professional development.
In terms of choosing Mannheim Business School, I was aware prior to making this selection that their teaching faculty is world-class and that the dedication the Program Management and Career Development teams have toward helping each student succeed is second to none. I certainly experienced this first-hand throughout the program, and my professional achievements since the program are due in large part to the support they each provided to me.
When I joined the MBA, I had no intention of leaving the aviation industry. However, the program gave me insight into other industries and the ways in which my skillset could apply outside of aviation. Having a dedicated career advisor offered immense value to me throughout the program. I have made the triple jump of country, function and industry. This certainly would not have been possible without the support I received throughout the MBA program and, specifically, the Career Development team.
In terms of career development, I had a single point of contact throughout the MBA – having a dedicated career advisor offered immense value to me throughout the program. The career advisors tailor their approach to each MBA participant and support a variety of scenarios, including participants who want to progress within their current industry or company, and participants who want to seek out new opportunities.
The Career Development team provided one-on-one coaching to participants, professional development workshops, simulated team and individual interviews, and networking opportunities through company presentations and site visits. These regular cadences helped me personally to develop some best practices around continuous personal and professional development, which will serve me well now and in my future career.
The Business Negotiations subject is perhaps the best course I have ever taken. It reflects the changing nature of business and the skills that successful leaders need in order to be relevant now and in the future. As participants, we were really pushed to our limit to empathize with others and drive win–win solutions. Despite working internationally with diverse workforces prior to the MBA, the Cross Cultural Awareness and the Ethics & CSR courses also had a profound impact on me. I now work in a large multinational, multi-generational business and I find that I am drawing on the learnings of these courses on a daily basis.
Finally, a personal highlight was the end-to-end approach that Mannheim Business School takes in creating gender equality: through the admissions process, scholarship opportunities, dedicated topical workshops and the formation of the Women in Business Club following the completion of the program.
Gonzalo Bustillo Restrepo, EU AMXL S&OP Manager at Amazon, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2017
“Individual counseling sessions with the Career Development team helped me understand how human resources departments work with their stakeholders and what their modus operandi is when analyzing candidates. Through this process, I was able to present myself successfully in my applications and job interviews.”
I decided to do an MBA because I believed it was the right path towards acquiring the tools I needed to continue developing personally and to boost my career. My motivation to do my MBA in Germany was to get to know and adapt to the pragmatic and hard-working German culture. A world-class academic level and the international experience were further major criteria that contributed to my decision.
With its triple accreditation, top positions in international rankings, and great value for money, Mannheim Business School quickly caught my attention. Further investigation into the school’s didactic approach confirmed that the Mannheim MBA was indeed a perfect match. I liked the small, practical and close-knit cohorts, the integrated knowledge, and the interesting and nurturing challenges.
I was able to learn from an incredibly wide range of personal and professional experiences, not only due to the diverse backgrounds of the teachers (which may be expected) but also from the equally important rich backgrounds of my colleagues (many of whom I now call friends).
There were several bonding activities, both for the entire cohort and for the various Business Master Project (BMP) teams, which I will keep in my delightful memories box. In particular, I will laugh and enjoy remembering all the different BMP pitching presentations. Preparing the slides and the actual presentations was simultaneously funny and very stressful due to the sometimes different opinions. But at the end of the day, we achieved a good and satisfactory result, and I became a more multifaceted person while learning and working with my classmates. I learned to understand more perspectives when evaluating situations and decisions to drive businesses forward in collaboration with the various stakeholders involved.
Valuable insights into the German job market completed the MBA experience. Individual counseling sessions with the Career Development team helped me understand how human resources departments work with their stakeholders and what their modus operandi is when analyzing candidates. Through this process, I was able to present myself successfully in my applications and job interviews.
Ana Luisa Varela, Senior Manager Controlling Hapag-Lloyd AG, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2019
“Having career development was very helpful in getting to know more about the German job market and what key elements to focus on when looking for a new job after the MBA. They provided many insights into the job search process and on how to successfully tackle every step of the application process. There was also someone who constantly reviewed our application documents and gave useful advice throughout the year.”
I decided to do an MBA because I wanted to continue developing my career by strengthening my soft skills while having new experiences outside of my comfort zone, meeting new people, and learning from other cultures in a different country. The Mannheim Full-Time MBA was the perfect choice for me as it is a very prestigious international one-year program in one of the most stable economies in Europe. The fact that it is based in Germany was crucial for me because there I could not only have opportunities for work afterwards, but also learn a third language. Finally, compared to other programs with similar characteristics, the Mannheim MBA has the best return on investment.
The Mannheim MBA had a big impact on my career as it gave me the opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues with very diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking, allowing me to polish my social and communication skills within an international environment. Additionally, it was a key factor in entering the German job market and being able to take new and challenging positions in other departments.
Having career development was very helpful in getting to know more about the German job market and what key elements to focus on when looking for a new job after the MBA. They provided many insights into the job search process and on how to successfully tackle every step of the application process. There was also someone who constantly reviewed our application documents and gave useful advice throughout the year.
The opportunity to study and learn with a diverse and international group of top-level colleagues was definitely a highlight of the program. Additionally, getting the chance to connect with colleagues and learn first-hand from their experiences was very refreshing and changed my attitude to work and dealing with daily life situations.
Personally, I can also add that the one-week Digital Strategy course at SDA Bocconi in Milan exceeded all my expectations. There, we were challenged with a real business case in which we had to take a winery into the digital domain by applying all the tools we had learned by then.
Nishant Mittal, Team Lead at Mercedes Benz AG, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2018
“I was interested in the automotive industry and the Mannheim MBA gave me an opportunity to apply for a job in this sector. It worked! Not only did I move into my industry of choice, I also moved to a new country. The MBS Career Development journey provided a very useful orientation right from the start since I was new to Germany and had no prior experience, both of hiring processes and what recruiters look for here. I tried various options in my job search. Running them by the Career Development department saved me a lot of mistakes and time. Their guidance was essential.”
I had reached a point in my career where the major part of my work was business related. There were a few instances where I felt the lack of marketing, finance, and other business-specific knowledge. Also, I wanted international exposure. Learning to manage people and teams was my next personal milestone for which I wanted to put myself in an environment where I could get maximum exposure to different cultures.
The MBA at Mannheim Business School offers all of the above. When choosing a business school, I compared various criteria such as international MBA rankings, the internationality of the classes, and location. I was looking for a country with a good job market, where I could see myself living and get a good return on my investment. Mannheim Business School came out on top.
I was interested in the automotive industry and the Mannheim MBA gave me an opportunity to apply for a job in this sector. It worked! Not only did I move into my industry of choice, I also moved to a new country. The MBS Career Development journey provided a very useful orientation right from the start since I was new to Germany and had no prior experience, both of hiring processes and what recruiters look for here. I tried various options in my job search. Running them by the Career Development department saved me a lot of mistakes and time. Their guidance was essential.
To sum it up, it was a memorable year full of friendships, events, minor difficulties, and some really good times. The teachers at MBS obviously imparted first class academic and business knowledge, but the network I built during my year in Mannheim is even more important. For me personally, the best part of my year at Mannheim Business School was spending time with people from so many different cultures.
I have learned so much about people’s behavior and working styles that I now feel way more comfortable working alongside people from across the globe. This has already helped me in my current job, especially because I am and will be working on various projects in different locations in Germany, UK, USA, Japan, and China in the first two years.
No two career paths are the same. This is why our dedicated Career Development Managers, who are both experienced counselors and seasoned industry experts, work individually with each participant to identify their ideal professional environment post-MBA and how to get there. Our support does not end with your graduation: “Mannheimer for Life” means that you can come back to us at any time and use us as a sparring partner for the next step in your career.
We set up individual counseling sessions to discuss your career goals and explore how you can make the country, industry or function change that you crave reality. Together with your individual counselor, you will identify your personal preferences, interests and talents to develop a cohesive story line. Mock interviews will make you aware of all the dos and don’ts, and prepare you to act appropriately once your dream job comes along.
Multi-Competence Team (MCT) coaching sessions ensure that every team member gets to contribute their views and experiences, and is treated with courtesy and respect. Working in your MCT itself will hone your intercultural, communication and leadership skills, and stimulate your ability and willingness to reflect on perspectives vastly different from your own. The very success of your MBA thesis – the Business Master Project – hinges on you having a high-performance team.
Do you want to upskill in project management, Scrum, presentation skills, design thinking or inclusive leadership? A range of alternating workshops will help you close those gaps.
Gain first-hand insights into the work of recruiters in our HR expert talks: What qualities do they look for in candidates? Which details do they focus on when assessing CVs and cover letters? And how important are company values?
Rub shoulders with company executives during company visits or company presentations. Talk to other Mannheimers at a range of industry events including the SAS & MBS Analytics Day, Consulting Day and Start-up Day to learn about working in different industries. Connect with recruiting companies during our Career Week. If you take all the available opportunities and network events seriously, you will meet up to one hundred companies throughout the duration of the program. And you won’t be just one in a thousand. Rather, you’ll be part of a small, hand-picked group of high potentials that companies will screen for their open positions.
In Meet a Mannheimer sessions, alumni from different cohorts share their career journeys after the MBA. Since they are your peers, you can approach them directly and ask them about the industry and company they work in, and for specific advice.
At a career bootcamp, you will naturally also tackle the basics: you will learn how to write compelling cover letters, make your CV stand out and make your LinkedIn profile more visible, and discover the secrets of successful business networking. Online platforms and tools will support your career development journey, connecting you to events, our exclusive job board and other useful content.
Over the last three years, our participants have signed contracts with various companies, including: