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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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Michelle Aitala

FTMBA & MBA.PM Career Advisor

Michelle Aitala is an Associate Director in the Graduate Career Services Center. She coaches MBA.PM, FTMBA and alumni by providing career related advising in career transition, advancement and personalized job search strategies.

Previously, Michelle served as both as a private coach and as a university career counselor for over 15 years. She worked for Loyola Marymount University, Villanova University, and Lehigh University, where she coached students and alumni across all the university's colleges. At Lehigh, she managed the Business Externship program, developed a peer advising program, managed the career center's workshop program, and designed and led workshops on networking, career portfolios, and internet job searching.

Michelle holds an MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Elizabethtown College. She is an avid reader, enjoys wine, traveling to Italy and Paso Robles, and has studied Italian for the past four years. She aspires to run her 10th marathon someday.

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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.