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New knowledge, new concepts, new ideas, and new perspectives – you will benefit from the Mannheim MBA in various ways. Then, based on your goals and experiences, it is up to you where you go from there. In order to find the ideal professional environment for you after the MBA, our Career Development Team will support you effectively and continuously with a wide range of interlinked instruments from day one.

In individual coaching sessions, we will discuss your career goals with you and explore how you can get in contact with your favorite employers. Company presentations and guest lectures provide an idea of the practical application of the teaching content and offer you the opportunity to get to know company representatives. In workshops and courses, you create your application and prepare for arranged interviews, which you will conduct with representatives of the companies you are interested in. 

Mannheim MBA: Career Data and Facts

More than 90% of the graduates (Class of 2018) have accepted a job offer three months after program completion.

Approximately 15% of our participants have worked in Germany before the program; after graduation, more than 75% continue their career here.

Graduates of the Mannheim MBA work in companies of all sizes and industries; Amazon, BASF, Daimler, Danfoss, Microsoft, SAP, PwC, McKinsey, Volocopter, and Würth have been the top recruiters in 2018 and 2019.

Mannheim University was ranked number one in the evaluation of HR directors from German companies 15 times (Wirtschaftswoche-Ranking 2001 to 2014, 2016 and 2018).

MBA Career Week

MBA Career Week

Our Mannheim Full-Time MBA participants leverage interviews, workshops, case studies, company visits and assessment centers to network with senior representatives from global companies and learn about career opportunities for MBA students.

Our Career Development Concept at a Glance

  • Orientation

    • Individual Career Coaching Session to assess goals, experience, values, motivators and expectations 
    • Online Self-Assessment (optional)
    • Company Presentations
  • Strategy Development

    • Individual Career Coaching Session to develop job search strategy and selection of suitable job profiles and employers
    • Company Visits

     

  • Positioning

    • Individual Career Coaching Session for strategic networking; Interview and Assessment Center as preparation
    • Soft-Skill Workshops on ‘Self Branding’ and ‘Networking’
    • Workshops on CV & Cover Letter Writing, Interview Training, and Assessment Preparation
  • Implementation

    • MBA Career Week, including workshop ‘Negotiation and Contracting’
    • Contact to recruiters and alumni
    • Career Development available for support during boarding process

Perspectives

“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 opportunity to study and learn with a diverse and international group of top-level colleagues was definitely a highlight of the program. Having career services 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.”

Ana Luisa Varela, Senior Manager Controlling Hapag-Lloyd AG, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2019

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Why did you decide to do an MBA? Why did you choose the Mannheim Full-Time MBA?

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.

What impact did the Mannheim MBA have on your career?

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.

How did MBS Career Services help you achieve this?

Having career services 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.

What were some significant experiences that you took away with you from the program? What was your personal highlight?

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.

“Since I come from an engineering background, I never had formal education in subjects like finance, economics, strategy, etc. The Mannheim MBA helped me fill these gaps and make a transition from a technology-focused role to a role where I can leverage my prior work experience, apply learnings from the MBA program and focus on the business side of things. The Mannheim MBA gave me the opportunity to spend one year with some of the brightest people from all over the world. The classroom discussions, case studies and consulting project were all great learning experiences.”

Manish Tyagi, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2019

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Why did you decide to do an MBA? Why did you choose the Mannheim Full-Time MBA?

After having worked for more than 10 years, I felt it was the right time to enhance my knowledge and experience. And a one-year full-time MBA was the best option for me. MBS being the best business school in Germany and one of the top schools in the world, it was an obvious choice for me.
 
What impact did the Mannheim MBA have on your career?

Prior to the MBA, I had worked in consulting with a focus on analytics and data engineering. And since I come from an engineering background, I never had formal education in subjects like finance, economics, strategy, etc. The Mannheim MBA helped me fill these gaps and make a transition from a technology-focused role to a role where I can leverage my prior work experience, apply learnings from the MBA program and focus on the business side of things.

The Mannheim MBA not only provided great classroom learning but also offered great opportunities to grow my network and connect with people from various industries and backgrounds.
 
How did MBS Career Services help you achieve this?

The hiring process in Germany was completely new to me. MBS Career Services was instrumental in helping me understand the whole process of job applications. I really appreciate their guidance on what roles to apply for and how to write a CV and cover letter for the German job market, as well as all the workshops they conducted. Some of the career workshops covered topics that you would otherwise ignore but that could be important for the application process. The career week was also extremely helpful as it offered a chance to experience personal interviews, attend case workshops, get valuable feedback and also network with industry leaders.
 
What were some significant experiences that you took away with you from the program? What was your personal highlight? 

The Mannheim MBA gave me the opportunity to spend one year with some of the brightest people from all over the world. The classroom discussions, case studies and consulting project were all great learning experiences.

For me, some of the personal highlights were getting the chance to be one of the class representatives and attending the exchange program at SDA Bocconi.

“When I joined the MBA, I wanted to broaden my future opportunities by building on my commercial and business acumen. 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.”

Cassie Radford, Participant at IMPACT Leadership Program at SAP, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2018

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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. The opportunity to move into the tech industry came almost serendipitously through an informal introduction at the university to the recruiter from SAP. Fast forward to current day and 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.

“Since I had no prior experience of hiring processes in Germany, MBS Career Development was useful right from the start. 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! I am currently part of the Daimler leadership program. The MBA program was a memorable year full of friendships, events, minor difficulties, and some really good times. 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.”

Nishant Mittal, Participant at INspire – The Leaders’ Lab at Daimler AG, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2018

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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! I am currently part of the Daimler leadership program. 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 through 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.

“I liked Mannheim Business School’s small, practical, and close-knit cohorts, the integrated knowledge, the interesting and nurturing challenges, and the valuable insights into the German job market. Individual counselling sessions with the career services 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.”

Gonzalo Bustillo Restrepo, Operational Excellence Manager, Döhler Group, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2017

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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 counselling sessions with the career services 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.

“The Mannheim MBA had a major impact on my career: Not only did it open a career path for me through one of the most exciting development programs, I also learned a lot about myself and realized my true potential. Although it is every student’s own responsibility to actively look for career opportunities, the staff members at MBS career services were my trusted advisors who coached me through my job search and decision-making process. I am very thankful to them for creating so many opportunities for interesting companies to present their career offers at MBS – for one of them was SAP, my current employer.”

Viktor Müller, SAP IMPACT Leadership Program participant, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2017

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I had three main reasons for doing an MBA. Firstly, I wanted to reconnect and deepen my business knowledge. I have a Bachelor of Science in international management, a background in consulting, and ample experience with a startup in the automotive industry where I had learned a lot, especially how to take ownership of tasks and drive them towards success. With the MBA program, I wanted to further develop these skills through mentored learning situations.

Secondly, the possibility to connect with peers from around the world with similar goals in their academic and career paths appealed to me. Closely working and learning with a group of fellow classmates from so many different professional and cultural backgrounds really shapes your personality and prepares you for work in an international business environment.

And thirdly, I was sure that doing an MBA at a renowned business school would help me secure an excellent career path in the future: The higher academic degree would prepare me for a leadership position at a top employer.

And I was proven right. The Mannheim MBA had a major impact on my career: Not only did it open a career path for me through one of the most exciting development programs, I also learned a lot about myself and realized my true potential. Although it is every student’s own responsibility to actively look for career opportunities, the staff members at MBS career services were my trusted advisors who coached me through my job search and decision-making process. I am very thankful to them for creating so many opportunities for interesting companies to present their career offers at MBS – for one of them was SAP, my current employer.

Looking back, what I enjoyed most was the interesting discussions and the playful learning experiences, which were an opportunity to explore and think outside the box. My personal highlight was definitely the people I met there: I gained 60 friends from 26 countries and an invaluable network of fellow Mannheimers around the world.

The MBS Career Development Team supported me to have a clear vision about my career goal and then helped me to put that vision into reality. They not only gave us a 360 degree preparation from how to set up your profile on professional online networks to salary negotiations in interviews, but also connected me to a lot of companies, to which I may had never spoken. This helped me quite a lot to better understand what I look for in my career.

Dirk Brederecke, Senior Vendor Manager, Amazon EU S.à r.l., Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2013

Without the support of the MBS Career Development Team I would not be where I am today. Thanks to the established network with partner companies of the Mannheim Business School, I was able to contact key responsible persons to find the job I was looking for. To me this meant a job opportunity with the right balance between my engineering background and the skills I gained during the MBA. After having worked as an engineer for several years, the Career Development Team led me to the managerial role I have now.

Dr. Steffen Kress, Managing Director - Chief Sales Officer, Cotesa GmbH, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2011

Career development means having the ability to change. The members of the Career Development Team at Mannheim Business School are unique sparring partners when it comes to support the students and manage the change. The efforts spent are essential for the Mannheim experience and provide guidance. Especially international students who are not familiar with the German job market will be benefiting most.

Amir A. Poorvash, Sales, Boehringer Ingelheim, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2012

Recruiting Companies

Over the last two years our participants have signed contracts with companies such as:

  • Accenture
  • Adam Opel AG
  • Amazon.de GmbH
  • ATOSS Software AG
  • BASF SE
  • Bombardier Transportation GmbH
  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Döhler GmbH
  • Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
  • Freudenberg SE
  • General Motors
  • HeidelbergCement AG
  • Hubert Burda Media Holding GmbH & Co. KG
  • KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
  • Prof. Homburg GmbH
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Roche AG
  • Roche Pharma AG
  • SAP SE
  • SCA Hygiene Products
  • Schaeffler AG
  • Swarovski AG
  • ThyssenKrupp AG
  • Voith Composites
  • Westwing
  • Würth

Contact Person

Sofia Syed Nasir
Admissions Manager Mannheim Full-Time MBA

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MANNHEIM BUSINESS SCHOOL (MBS)

Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.

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