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Focus on Your Career

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 2017) have accepted a job offer three months after program completion.

Approximately 25% 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; SAP, Accenture, Robert Bosch, Amazon, PwC McKinsey, UBS and Roche Pharma have been the top recruiters in 2016 and 2017.

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).

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

“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

Downloads

  • Mannheim Full-Time MBA Brochure 2017
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  • Factsheet Full-Time MBA
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  • MBA Employment Report 2018
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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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