Welcome to the Wolfpack!

We're excited for you to join us and start your MBA journey. In addition to the basic Next Steps you'll want to take between now and the start of classes, you have some work to do!

This password-protected section of the Incoming Student Website is dedicated to outlining pre-work you must complete prior to arriving in August for MBA Orientation. Completion of these activities and assignments will prepare you to be successful during orientation and throughout your MBA career at NC State. Many of these assignments are directly related to your career development program and are designed to make you competitive during the increasingly early MBA recruiting season.

  • You should proceed with completing the tasks in the order they are listed below, essentially moving through an overview phase, an assessment phase, a layer of individual coaching (often via Skype or other virtual connection tool), and an introduction to marketing yourself through networking and personal branding.  

  • You should begin the Wall Street Prep course as soon as you receive the informational email from Wall Street Prep.

  • If you have not yet reviewed the basic Next Steps list of logistics in addition to academic pre-work, please do so. Please also review details for Orientation.

  • Once you have been fully admitted through the Graduate School, look for an email inviting you to login to the Orientation website, hosted on our Moodle platform. This orientation-specific site includes additional information you need to review and assignments you must complete prior to arriving for Orientation. Please remember the Graduate School must verify your official transcripts before you can be fully admitted to the MBA program, receive your UnityID and email access, and register for classes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The NC State Jenkins MBA staff

Owning Your MBA Career Search

This required webinar gets you acquanited with the robust variety of resources available to support your MBA career journey. The Career Services team will describe our coaching philosophy and process, share class employment data and set next steps necessary for successfup participation in the fall recruiting season. This webinar is pre-recorded so you may watch it at a time and place convenient to you.

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Created by organizational psychologists at Harvard Business School, CareerLeaders is a career assessment used extensively by top business schools to measure specific interests, motivators and skills. Whether you're changing careers or have experience in your chosen field, learn what functional areas and specific roles may best fit your interests.

Instructions: Career Services staff will register you for CareerLeader during the summer prior to orientation. Look for a registration email from CareerLeader with a link to your assessment. You will debrief your results during an appointment with your career coach prior to orientation. Please bring a copy of your results report to orientation.

LPI 360

LPI 360 is an assessment and feedback tool that compares your impressions of your leadership skills and personal effectiveness with the impressions other people hold regarding your performance. Since this assessment involves collecting feedback from others, please allow at least two weeks to complete the process.

Instructions: Career Services staff will register you for the LPI during the summer prior to orientation. Look for a registration email from LPI with a link to the assessment and thorough instructions for completing the 360 degree feedback process. Your LPI results will be used in leadership coaching throughout your time in the NC State Jenkins MBA program.

Individual Coaching and Assessment Debrief

Engage early and often with your career coach to focus your internship strategy.  Set an appointment to meet with your career coach to assess your career interests and debrief the results of your Careerleader assessment.   YOu may request a coaching appointment as soon as you have completed the “Owning Your MBA Career Search Webinar.”

Resume and Cover Letter Webinar

Live webinar June 20, 2014, 12 pm EDT. Recording will be available for reference.

This required webinar is a step-by-step guide for creating an effective accomplishment-based resume. The second half of the module will guide you through the process of creating effective cover letters to accompany your internship and job applications. Following the webinar, you will produce a properly formatted draft resume due upon orientation.  Resumes will be further refined through the coaching and peer review process.  We understand that crafting your resume is an iterative process and this webinar will give you a head start.

Instructions: Career Services staff will email you a link to the Webinar prior to June 20. If you do not receive a link, please contact Mandy Sink.

LinkedIn Profile Creation and Tutorials

LinkedIn is a tool that allows you to connect with a world of professionals and NC State alumni for career development and networking purposes. You are expected to establish a basic profile on LinkedIn.  Please view the tutorials below to learn how to optimize your presence on Linkedin.

Instructions:  Please create an account on LinkedIn and complete the education, experience, and summary sections to the best of your ability. Include an appropriate photo.  If you currently have a presence on LinkedIn, do not create an additional profile.  LinkedIn profiles will be refined during orientation and individual coaching appointments. Like your resume, your LinkedIn presence is a work in progress.   

Linkedin for students
Linkedin 101 – comprehensive webinar for new users
How to write status updates to attract opportunities
Optimizing your profile for job search success

MBA Networking Primer

Live webinar July 11, 2014, 12 pm EDT. Recording will be available for reference.

Up to 80 percent of hiring is driven through networking and employee referrals.  Get the tools you need to network on the MBA level in order to explore your career options and build your internal referral network. Leveraging LinkedIn, informational interviewing, and relationship follow up and maintenance will be discussed.

Instructions: Career Services staff will email you a link to the Webinar prior to June 20. If you do not receive a link, please contact Mandy Sink.

Wall Street Prep Pre-orientation Courses

To ensure you and your classmates start the MBA program with the same minimum knowledge of finance, accounting, and Excel skills, you are required to complete three pre-orientation modules. You will receive an email from our vendor, Wall Street Prep, that will give you all of the information you need to get started, including your login. Please be on the lookout for an email from “mblair@wallstreetprep.com.“ If you do not receive the email, please contact Judee Lonnee.

The modules that you need to complete include:

  • Crash Course in Excel 2007
  • Supplement: Crash Course in Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis
  • Supplement: Reading and Analyzing Financial Reports (Navigating Financial Reports)

These modules should take you several hours to complete.  The deadline for completion of these modules is August 3rd; this is not a graded assignment, but the MBA office will verify that you have met this requirement. There are many other modules in the WallStreetPrep product; you are welcome to take as many additional ones as you like over a 12-month period to enhance your skills.

New Student Entry Survey

Before you arrive for MBA Orientation, we ask that you complete this new student entry survey, designed to help us understand how you learned about NC State, your experience during the information gathering and admissions proces, as well as your goals and objectives for the program. The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous. Thank you in advance!

Click here to access the New Student Entry Survey.