Services Offered to Students


The USC Marshall 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).


John Bertrand (
FTMBA and EMBA Core Advisor

Debbie Lewis (
FTMBA Core Advisor

Tina Ohmstede (
FTMBA Core Advisor

Michelle Aitala (
Working Professionals, PM.MBA and Alumni Advisor

Career Action Plan

The career development process is a journey that involves developing and refining your goals. The earlier you begin to focus on your career development, the more prepared you will be to pursue a wide range of options and opportunities.

Every class you take and experience you have will build your skills, expand your interests, and most of all, move you closer to success.

The USC Marshall MBA Career Services Center recommends a Career Action Plan which is your personal road map for securing desired employment and achieving your career objectives. Career advisors are available to help you develop a personalized job or internship search plan. Components of the Career Action Plan include:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Market Research
  3. Career Goal
  4. Skills Analysis
  5. Personal Marketing Plan

Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your interests, goals, and objectives.

My Career Services Online (MCSO)

Take advantage of the wealth of Career and Job Search Resources offered by the USC Marshall MBA Career Services Center, including My Career Services Online (MCSO), the main portal for students to access on-campus recruiting, job postings announcements and our extensive library of online resources, including VAULT Career Insider Guides; comprehensive Interview Questions Guidecover letter and resume templates, interview preparation rubricoffer/acceptance decision matrix and negotiation guidelines.

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.

Career Education and Preparedness

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.

Some recruiters post positions online and some ask for targeted resume books to help identify candidates whose goals, skills and experience match their job descriptions. The Marshall MBA Career Services Center also sponsors several recruiting events, industry days and treks to provide opportunities for students to meet with alumni and hiring managers.