Advance your career

Earning your MBA is about investing in and managing the direction your career takes. We want to help you reach the next level—that's why the Professional MBA and Online MBA Career Management team offers resources and services to help. Don't let that next opportunity to move up the ladder pass you by.

Check out the Iowa MBA Career Guide, which gets you started on understanding how to manage your career now that you're earning an MBA, including the steps and preparation.

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Career coaching

Maybe you've identified a goal—a promotion, a new job, changing careers altogether, or becoming a better networker. Perhaps you're not sure what your next goal should be. Iowa MBA's Career Management can help. Contact us to be connected with a coach who can guide you on next steps to create or achieve your career goals.

Schedule career coaching 

  • We offer career coaching by phone, web conferencing, and in-person at the Iowa City campus and the three Professional MBA sites. Schedule an advising appointment.
  • For additional coaching appointment options, call 319-335-4023 or email to schedule an appointment. 


When something comes naturally, it doesn't come to mind very often. But emphasizing your strengths is important on your resume and in your pitch to employers, whether it's your current employer (for a promotion) or a job interview. The Career Leader assessment identifies strengths and areas for opportunity, so you know what to emphasize and where to focus your efforts for improvement. Pointing out what you do better than the competition will help to set you apart from the rest.

Please email to access the Harvard Career Leader (at no cost).


Resume and cover letter workshops

Landing an important job interview is difficult with a subpar cover letter and resume. At our workshops, we'll give you tools to make your cover letters sing and your resume shine. We offer workshops throughout the year at all three locations. Check the calendar for an upcoming workshop near you.

Event calendar

Career management webinar series

Gain some useful knowledge from our webinars to stay ahead of the competition:

Leveraging Your MBA: Move On or Move Up 
Whether you are happy where you are or are thinking of your future, let us help you leverage your MBA. Learn the strategies of managing your career, be proactive in your strategic plan, and finally be able to answer the question, "What will you do with that MBA once you graduate?"

Using Your Brand for Strategic Success 
Focusing on the knowledge of your value proposition, take a look at your personal brand and find out what makes you unique. Join us to discover how to create a brand, manage your brand, update it, and utilize it in your current and future roles. Find success by solidifying and owning what sets you apart from the competition.

Strategic Networking 
Every good marketer knows their customer. The same holds true for networking: it's all about the other person. Learn how to apply the 5 Marketing P's to successful networking, the strategy behind planning for successful networking events, and how to utilize the strength of your personality.

Putting It All Together 
Recent studies show that 85% of jobs are not posted. Someone in your network could ask you for a cover letter and resume tomorrow for a job that is a perfect fit—are you ready? When was the last time you updated your resume? Does your LinkedIn profile reflect your brand? Learn how to update your marketing materials for potential offers.

University of Iowa events

Go beyond MBA-specific events to network and expand your perspective as a professional. The University of Iowa has opportunities around the country and the world available to you:


Handshake is the University of Iowa's primary online recruiting system.  As a registered student or alumnus, you have access to this powerful resource.  Visit Handshake for more information and to set up your profile.  

Additional tools and resources include:

  • Beyond B-School—Learn how to strengthen your LinkedIn profile writing, build your brand, and more.
  • GoingGlobal—Search through a comprehensive database of job listings.
  • Big InterviewUse Big Interview’s video tutorials and virtual interview practice software to develop and strengthen your interview skills.

Resume and cover-letter writing

Use our templates and samples to sharpen your application materials:


Deanna (Dee) Hurst
Director, Professional MBA and Online MBA Career Management