Customized career support and programming is provided to SCMb students by a career professional exclusively aligned with the SCM program. SCMb students also have access to an extensive array of workshops and programs through MIT’s centralized Global Education and Career Development Office (GECD).
Dedicated SCM career support includes:
Before arrival on campus:
- WebX resume and cover letter development workshops. SCMb resumes will be included in the SCM and SCALE “Resume Book” provided to recruiters
- Completion of the CliftonStrengths talent assessment to discover what you naturally do best and to learn how to develop your greatest talents
- SCMb photos and brief profiles will be included in the SCM “Profile Book” provided to recruiters
- Individualized job search support is available to SCMb students once they ARRIVE on campus, but notbefore. Students seeking customized career support should apply to the SCMr program.
After arrival on campus:
- Individualized career coaching and advising Career skill development (job search strategy, networking, interview preparation, negotiation) including mock interview practice and role playing
- Access to SCM on-campus recruiting platform and MIT alumni directory in addition to participation in employer site visits, corporate information sessions, and student treks.
- MIT SCM encourages employers who recruit in the fall to consider eligible SCMb students for open positions within their organization.
- Full access to MIT “Global Education and Career Development Office” GECD – an extensive array of programs and services is available at: https://gecd.mit.edu/services
- Access to Job and Internship and Postings (via CareerBridge)
Job Search after graduation:
- MIT SCM shares job postings for alumni and for newly graduated SCM students seeking employment.
- MIT Alumni can access MIT GECD services for two years after graduation https://gecd.mit.edu/explore-careers/services-alumni-and-postdocs
SCMb Does Not Qualify for OPT and STEM
OPT and STEM are only available to foreign students who have been enrolled for 1 full academic year. The OPT and STEM programs (explained below) are mechanisms that allow some foreign students to remain in and work in the US for 1 to 3 years after graduation. This is usually while their employer is trying to secure an H1-B visa for the student. Less common would be for a student to work 1-3 years for a company who is not seeking to sponsor them. Note that foreign students who do not have OPT are required to leave the US within 60 days of graduation regardless if a US company wants to hire and sponsor them for an H1-B visa or not. They will not know until October 1stif their H1-B visa application was successful. This makes it very difficult for US companies to hire graduates without OPT.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion).
- STEM OPT Extension: Students who have earned degrees in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment. MIT SCM department is in the School of Engineering and our SCM program does qualify for STEM.
For all SCM students, the SCM program does an outstanding job of preparing students for career success. This includes
- Workshops and individualized assistance writing resumes and cover letters
- One on one counseling to define your career goals and refine your “pitch”
- Professionally-led workshops to enhance interview skills
- Role playing and practice interviews with supply chain practitioners
- Exposure to US business practices and employer expectations including professional advice from recruiters and outplacement experts
- One on one professional assessment of your strengths and natural talents
- Employer site visits and facility tours
- Student treks to meet employers in various US locations (Silicon Valley, Seattle, etc.)
North America Recruiting for SCMb students who possess permanent work authorization (US citizens, Green Card holder)
In North America, on-campus recruiting is cyclical:
Period A) Aug-Nov, the heaviest: Multinational corporations and prominent consulting firms recruit heavily in September through November for start dates the following June.
Period B) Dec-Feb, lighter: Between November and March there continues to be small level of recruiting by companies that do not fit into period A or C.
Period C) Mar-May, heavy: Employers seeking to hire students for June start dates begin to post positions in late February.
It is important to note that networking is highly effective and strongly recommended. Use of the MIT Alumni Directory and LinkedIn allows students to target their job search based on their preferences and yields considerable success. Given the accelerated nature of the program, students are encouraged to begin the career exploration process before arriving in early January.
North America Recruiting for SCMb students without permission to work in the US (most international students)
The international SCMb students will receive all the same career development training and participate in all the same SCM recruiting activities as other SCM students. However international SCMb students are not eligible for OPT or STEM OPT extension. Without OPT and STEM, the US Visa process makes it very difficult to secure employment from a US company. These students should focus their efforts on securing a high quality position in their home country, or another country where they have permission to work.
START NOW! This process should begin BEFORE you arrive at MIT. Develop your network, explore opportunities, conduct informational interviews to prepare yourself for employment as MIT alumni. As an admitted student to the MIT SCMb Program you already benefit greatly from the power of the MIT Brand. In a few short months you will return to your home country armed with terrific technical skills, soft skills, and emblazoned with the MIT Brand.