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MBA PM Program

Graduate Career Services

Advising

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 advisors 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).

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Mark Lucas

Associate Director, Working Professionals and Executive Career Coaching

Mark F. Lucas is the Senior Associate Director in Graduate Career Services charged with leading his team in career strategy, coaching, and advising of all resident MBA programs for executives and working professionals, including MBA.PM, Executive MBA (EMBA), and 1-year MBA for international students with 10-20 years of experience (IBEAR MBA). He is the primary career strategist for MBA.PM students.

Mark joins us from Loyola Marymount University's College of Business Administration, where he was Director of the Office of Graduate Career Management, spearheading all aspects of career services for MBAs, EMBAs, and specialty master's degree programs since 2014.  He also was adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate classes in Finance and Business Ethics.  Furthermore, he led a boutique consulting practice with clients such as McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group, and Fortune 100 companies in the USA, Japan, and South Korea, among many others

Previously, Mark spent over 15 years in the Corporate Planning Division of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. Most notably during that time, he oversaw strategic planning & research for Lexus, its automotive competitors, and the luxury/affluent market overall. Before that, he worked at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) doing M&A and major project valuation. He also has been was a project manager at a boutique consulting firm in Redondo Beach, and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

On top of his primary duties at both Toyota and ARCO, he was actively involved in MBA recruiting, having reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates from many top-ranked business schools nationwide.  For almost ten years, he led all aspects of Toyota's MBA recruiting at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Mark is a 1997 MBA graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business. He did his undergraduate work at the United States Air Force Academy and California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys attending live music performances, wine collecting, and community service.  He is proud to serve as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Historical Landmarks and Records Commission

 

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All career resources are uploaded to MCSO portal for 24/7 access. In addition, selected resources are also available in print format in the Career Services Center lobby, Popovich Hall 310.

Professional Career Development 

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.

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.

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.

Many companies come on campus to interview.  Our interview facilities located in Popovich Hall 310 and our ability to provide concierge service to all employers ensures each company will have a smooth and productive day meeting candidates.  For long-distance recruiting, we make our interview rooms available to students and employers for phone and Skype interviews.