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. 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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Needs Assessment for Career Development

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

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