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MS Marketing

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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Kira Dalton

Career Advisor Specialized Master's

Kira serves as the Associate Director and Career Strategist supporting students in residence at USC in the MS Programs in Marketing and Global Supply Chain. In this role, Kira partners with students through individual career strategy discussions and group workshops to help each one develop a clear understanding of industry trends, employer hiring practices, effective networking, and how to shape and present their unique stories to demonstrate value to employers.

Before moving to the Graduate Career Services team, Kira was a part of the Undergraduate Career Services group at Marshall. In this role she managed an international internship program, coached students through behavioral interviews, delivered workshops, and served as the employer relations contact for companies in entertainment, retail, fashion, hospitality, and travel industries.

Prior to joining USC, Kira worked in the entertainment industry for 10+ years in Campus Recruiting, HR, and Production Support roles for major studios including The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and DreamWorks Animation.

Kira holds a BA in Theatre and TV Production from Pepperdine University and is currently working towards an Executive Master of Leadership (EML) at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. In her spare time, Kira enjoys perfecting shots of delicious foods on Instagram, attending live theatre shows, working on creative writing projects, and eating Tillamook caramel pecan ice cream with her husband, Andy.

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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.

Five Phases of Personalized Career Development

We are committed to the excellence and achievements of our graduates. The USC Marshall Master of Science in Marketing Program provides strategic career resources and individualized attention to every student.

career plan development

Phase 1: Career Plan Development

In this phase, we gather each student’s career goals, as well as their desired industries and companies. Students are asked to share their key strengths and areas for improvement. Information will be kept in each student’s file and will be used for personal career advisement which will be conduced by the program’s Associate Director. This information will also play a role in determining the companies and executives to be invited for MS in Marketing Program career events.

career workshops

Phase 2: Career Workshops

Students will attend 6 Career Workshops which will provide a robust foundation for creating a strong resume, performing well in interviews, creating connections at networking events and negotiating job offers. These career workshops are conducted early in the program to prepare students for upcoming networking and recuitment events.

Masters of Marketing Seminars

Phase 3: Masters of Marketing Seminars

Masters of Marketing Seminars allow students the opportunity to make initial contact with company executives. The seminars feature marketing experts and senior executives who come to the USC campus to have discussions with students on their industries, companies and careers.

Mentoring Program

Phase 4: Mentoring Program

Each qualifying student will be assigned a professional mentor who is an executive at the student’s desired company. The mentoring program allows students to deepen their contact with the executive and the company, giving students an upper hand in understanding the indsustry, company culture and available opportunities.

Recruiter Events

Phase 5: Recruiter Events

The final phase involves supporting students’ career paths by providing additional opportunities for students to apply for jobs. There are 2 campus-wide recruiting events (fall and spring), 2 combined MS program recruiting events (fall and spring), and on-going recruiter outreach undertaken by the Associate Director of the program to meet individual student needs.

The combined MS program recruiting events, often referred to as Industry Network Connect (INC) events, offer access to exclusive resources which provide students with access to job postings and career events.

Make Initial Contact with The World's Leading Companies

The only of its kind in the nation, the Masters of Marketing Seminars allow students to make initial contact with companies related to their interests. Previous students have leveraged these events to gain further knowledge on potential careers and opportunities.

Masters of Marketing Seminar

Masters of Marketing Seminar 2015

We invite executives from the world’s leading companies to participate in round-table discussions. There are a total of 5 Masters of Marketing Seminars per calendar year. In each seminar, a panel of 5 - 6 executives will be available to answer students’ questions relating to their companies, breaking into the industry, job responsibilities and much more.

Below are some of the companies whose executives have previously participated in Masters of Marketing Seminars:

  • Disney
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Lionsgate Entertainment
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Netflix
  • DreamWorks
  • MGM
  • Google
  • eBay
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • L’Oreal
  • Beats by Dr. Dre
  • Nike
  • Nielsen
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Taco Bell
  • Nestle
  • Mattel Toys

Other Career Services and Resources for MS in Marketing Students

Individualized attention for resumes, cover letters and mock interviews

Each student goes through 3 rounds of resume review conducted by 3 different experts. Students will then optimize their resumes based on the feedback given during these reviews. Additionally, students will go through rounds of mock interviews to better prepare them for possible interview questions and scenarios.

ConnectSC

The ConnectSC portal allows students to upload their resumes for consideration by potential employers. Companies from all around the world post their job openings on this career portal. Students in the MS in Marketing Program have access to these job postings and may apply to these jobs based on their interests.

USC Trojan Network

Becoming a graduate of the Marshall School of Business allows you to join the Trojan Network, one of the strongest alumni networks in the world. The Trojan Network includes over 380,000 USC alumni, with over 86,000 alumni from the Marshall School of Business.