What Are You Doing After Graduation?

April 28, 2017

MBA student Susan Chudd '17

Susan Chudd

What are you studying at the Simmons School of Management?

I'm looking forward to completing the MBA in just a few short weeks! During my time in the program, I've focused on organizational development and diversity & inclusion. 

Where will you be working after graduating from Simmons in May? 

Currently, I'm working at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as the Manager of Human Resources and Organizational Development (essentially the 1-person HR office). I plan to continue in the role while I look for new positions and opportunities working with organizational development consulting to help organizations create a positive and inclusive culture.    

How has your time at Simmons prepared you for your career?

Starting the MBA helped me realize that I wanted to make a career shift.  Previously, I had worked at Simmons in the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) for 9 years, and planned to stay in higher education for the rest of my career. However, the MBA helped open my eyes to other opportunities. In 2014, I took the (quite scary) leap to leave my position and spend the summer job searching and networking.  I actually landed my current job through a temp agency, and was able to craft the position into the position I wanted. Through my time in the MBA program, I've been able to use the skills I've learned in the program to have an impact in my job. I've become more confident and have found my sources of power to lead from the middle, as we've learned throughout this program.

Do you have any advice for students who are currently in the job search?

My advice to those students who are graduating and looking for jobs is: 

  • Be confident and take risks. Apply to jobs that you want to grow into, or that you will learn from. 
  • Network like crazy: reach out to your contacts and ask them to connect you with their contacts and so on. 
  • Be patient and stay positive: the job search can be overwhelming, so make sure you find time to do other things, too. 
  • When applying for a job, never underestimate the power of a good, personalized, cover letter. 
  • And most importantly, stay in touch with this amazing network of MBA students!