Needs Assessment for Career Development

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A detailed needs assessment was conducted for International students in the MBA program, at Penn State University. This needs assessments were done through multiple Q&A sessions with focus groups. …

A detailed needs assessment was conducted for International students in the MBA program, at Penn State University. This needs assessments were done through multiple Q&A sessions with focus groups. This presentation provides the results of the assessment as presented to management with a goal of providing enhanced programs addressing career concerns for these students.

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  • 1. Needs Assessment South American Chinese Taiwanese Indian European
  • 2. Needs Assessment Career Concerns for International MBA students A Formal Discussion Presented by Sejal Mehta
  • 3. Purpose
    • To assess the career concerns of first year international students in the MBA program at Penn State University.
  • 4. Goals
    • To understand the issues the students are facing while planning for internships and jobs
    • How the students perceive we could help them in addressing those issues
  • 5. Background
    • All first year MBA students
    • 20 students from 8 different countries
    • Broad range of interests
  • 6. Discussion
    • How they would like to proceed:
    • List out their concerns
    • Suggestions form students on how the MBA career services office could help
  • 7. Main Concerns
    • International student hiring policies – companies coming to campus
      • We hire international students
      • We don’t hire international students
      • We do, but only for employment in the home country
  • 8. Main Concerns
    • Researching other companies not coming to campus but hiring international students
      • Determine other companied hiring international students
      • Prospective employer updates regarding international students
  • 9. Main Concerns
    • Networking opportunities with Penn State International Alumni State what has been learned
      • Being addressed by MBA International Chairs
  • 10. Main Concerns
    • Preparing for next year’s job fairs
      • Obtain list of employers hiring MBA’s
      • Workshops to help prepare for jobs
        • Resume Preparing
        • Interviewing Techniques
        • North American Business Culture
        • Proper ways of approaching companies
  • 11. Conclusion
    • An immediate action plan
      • Contact list of companies to approach
      • Company database indicating hiring policies
      • Workshops on resume writing and interviewing
  • 12. Needs Assessment South American Chinese Taiwanese Indian European