Professional Development

IBEAR MBA candidates are experienced business professionals. Graduate Career Services focuses on incorporating their achievement into a career management strategy to guide them in accelerating a career.

IBEAR MBA candidates can tailor career services to fit their needs, including career coaching, self assessment, resume critiques, research tools, interview preparation, and more.

Marshall’s career services team offers career education programs and workshops tailored to the specific needs of graduate students seeking career transition or advancement, to mid- and senior-level executives honing their skills in preparation for the C-suite.


The USC Marshall Graduate Career Services team draws upon the experience of seasoned professionals in a wide range of industries and functions – including consulting, consumer packaged goods, financial services, investment banking, healthcare, human capital management, marketing, management, nonprofit, retail and supply chain operations. Students meet with career strategists and global sector leads (GSL) for individualized coaching and guidance on skill building, strategic career planning and employment negotiations to help target a job search strategy for specific positions or companies.

Appointments with advisors may be made directly online via the My Career Services Online Portal (MCSO).

One-on-One Coaching

Individual coaching sessions are available to IBEAR MBA candidates by contacting the IBEAR MBA career coach.


Jay Ding

Associate Director, Working Professionals Career Management

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree from USC Marshall, Jay worked for Wells Fargo & Co. as an investment consultant and jump started his career path in financial services with accelerated positions at Citibank and HSBC in the Los Angeles region.

After completing his EMBA from USC Marshall, Jay joined Tongfang Global as Chief Financial Officer in Shenzhen, China.  He led the strategic partnership with Element TV to build an assembly factory in Winnsboro, South Carolina and worked closely with accounting and finance team in both UK and Germany.

Most recently, Jay held the position as President of North America, Tongfang Global with offices in Southern California and formed several strategic partnerships with US brands, most notably, Amazon Fire TV and CBS Corporation.

Please see his LinkedIn profile for additional insights on his accomplishments and professional background at

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Recruiting and Interviewing

Through a variety of recruiting activities and a strong Trojan network of alumni, faculty, and corporate partners, we successfully connect Marshall students with alumni and employers around the globe. Graduate Career Services hosts many events, workshops, and company visits to connect MBAs to recruiters, employers, and alumni; some of these are exclusively available to and tailored for the unique skillsets and backgrounds that IBEAR MBAs possess.

Club Events and Treks

An integral part of our career education mission is to partner with Marshall MBA student clubs to work together to provide industry specific, skill-building workshops, panels and seminars.   With co-sponsorship, student clubs gain additional support for promoting, planning and hosting employers and alumni to improve the business application of academic skills.

In addition, clubs sponsor their own employer visits and city treks. IBEAR MBA students are welcome to join as many clubs and to participate in all events and treks that make sense for their career goals.