Full-time MBA career support

Our career consultants enjoy getting to know you individually.

At Alliance MBS, you will receive career support throughout your MBA journey – starting before you even arrive in Manchester.

Working together

Our team of experienced careers consultants will work closely with you and become your career partners.

Throughout the MBA, we provide tools to increase your employability, plus support to develop and execute your career plans. Our five-stage, personalised career journey will help you plan your post-MBA career and increase your employability.

Step 1

You

Who are you and what do you offer the employment market?

Step 2

Personal Branding

CV’s, cover letters, online presence, elevator pitch.

Step 3

Research

Information sessions, club events and meetings with alumni.

Step 4

Planning

Map out your application strategy.

Step 5

Launch

Submit job applications.

Our team of experienced careers consultants will work closely with you and become your career partners. Throughout the MBA, we provide tools to increase your employability, plus support to develop and execute your career plans. Our five-stage, personalised career journey will help you plan your post-MBA career and increase your employability.

This five-stage careers process is supported by:

  • In-house career skills workshops (scheduled during your core academic programme)
  • Sessions with external specialist career practitioners
  • Unlimited individual meetings with experienced MBA career consultants
  • On-campus recruitment activities, e.g. annual ‘Careers Expo’, guest speakers, industry experts, company presentations
  • Networking events
  • Practice interviews
  • Your own initiatives

Helping you develop

Our careers team also coordinates MBA clubs, MBA competitions and our Gold Mentoring Scheme to help you build industry links, stand out on a global stage, gain advice and expand your network.

Take advantage of student-led clubs to boost your CV and build your list of contacts. These long-established clubs benefit from Alliance MBS' fantastic industry links and connections with similar student organisations across the world.

As a club member you will access exclusive events, such as guest speakers, company visits and competitions. This will help you:

  • Gain knowledge of different sectors
  • Develop new skills
  • Make valuable industry connections by networking with professionals, alumni, academics and students from other business schools
  • Share knowledge and ideas
  • Enhance your CV and employability

Current student clubs:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Consulting
  • Energy and Industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Retail
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Women Leading in Business - Kindly sponsored by KPMG

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Recent speakers at student clubs

  • Alistair Forbes, Competitive Analysis Manager, Rolls Royce
  • Gunnar Menzel, Chief Architect Officer, Capgemini
  • Heiko Schickel, Director of Strategic Marketing, Hilti
  • John Lovering, Chairman, Maplin Electronics

Throughout the programme, we encourage students to participate in competitions in the UK and further afield. Not only are competitions a great opportunity to boost your CV and build your contact base, they are also a highlight of the MBA for many students. We encourage our MBAs to attend as many competitions as possible, for example:

  • Alliance MBS MBA Case Competition: The 2017 competition is sponsored by Lord Alliance with a £5000 cash prize fund
  • Bocconi International Finance Competition: AMBS took second place in 2015 
  • European Business Plan of the Year Competition 
  • Financial Times MBA Challenge
  • Johnson & Johnson Case Competition: AMBS reached the final in 2016 and was runner-up in 2015, when we took three out of six finalist places
  • Manchester Enterprise Centre Venture Further Business Start-Up Competition: MBA candidate Gareth Wilson won in 2014
  • Manchester Enterprise Centre Venture Out Student Ideas Competition: MBAs Julian Castellanos and Natalia Diaz were the Venture Out Social winners in 2016. Shaun Teo, Class of 2016 was part of the winning team in the 2015 Venture Out PZ Cussons Innovation Challenge. Liam Wadsworth, Class of 2015 came second place in two categories in 2014.
  • Nespresso MBA Challenge 
  • Npower RWE Energy Challenge 
  • Schneider Electric Go Green in the City
  • Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC): Alliance MBS was the global winner in 2013
  • Rotterdam Private Equity Competition 
  • Venture Capital Investment Competition: AMBS will compete in the European final in March 2017 
  • Warwick Business School International Healthcare Case Competition: Alliance MBS won this competition in 2015 

The Gold MBA Mentoring Programme is an innovative mentoring scheme that puts MBA students in touch with senior industry professionals (mostly alumni). The MBAs can benefit from the professionals' coaching, advice and insights, while for the professional it is an opportunity to expand their business network and maintain links with the school.

The mentoring programme, launched in September 2001, is offered to Full-time MBA students during their first year of studies (although it often continues further by mutual consent).

The programme runs from registration in September to the following June. The method and frequency of contact are agreed by the mentor and mentee.

Reid Howard

"I had a mentor through the Gold Mentoring programme. He was an alumnus from a few years back, so he could relate to my experiences. It was good to meet for coffee and talk over my plans with someone outside of the programme."

— Reid Howard, Class President, Class of 2014, Investment Banking Associate, Focus Investment Banking, Washington DC

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