It’s no secret that Ivey’s Career Management group is consistently the best in Canada, but now their innovative approaches are being recognized on a global stage.
Recently, the School received a bronze medal in the Nurturing Employability Award category at the Wharton-QS Stars ReImagine Education Awards. Presented at an international conference in Philadelphia, this award acknowledges only the most progressive and forward thinking programming aimed at ensuring students meet and exceed their employment goals and opportunities.
At other business schools, Career Management is a departmental island – a silo. Its purpose is functional: Spell-check résumés, make sure student cover letters are presentable and bring recruiters to campus. However, Ivey identified the need to differentiate our students in the market. Ivey chose a breakout approach where Career Management is a dynamically integrated force in the fabric of the School’s MBA programming, starting with the admission process and resulting in the most successful employment placement rates and starting salary of any business school in Canada.
“We are truly honoured to receive this award in such good company,” said Mark Vandenbosch, Ivey’s Associate Dean, Programs. “The objective when reinventing Career Management was to give Ivey students the best opportunity to make the desired shift in their career path. To do this it was important to shift the Career Management team from an office at the end of the hall to fully-integrated ‘personal trainers’.”
As personal trainers, the Career Management team’s programming is woven into the fabric of a student’s journey to success. This includes a high number of touch points from connecting with students during the admissions process, through in-class hours (up to 88 hours of tutorials and clinics plus external vendors) and unique events like Emerald Inc., and Get Connected to their formal introduction to the market.
The bronze medal at the ReImagine Awards further affirms Ivey’s position as a globally elite school in the eyes of employers and a place where students are able to develop their personal brand and learn to communicate it confidently.