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Graduate Students : MBA : Career Workshops and Career Counseling

Having keen business knowledge, professional savvy and the ability to network are deciding factors in an MBA's employability.

To maintain a competitive advantage, SF State's MBA students are encouraged to explore resources available to them including workshops, on-line tools and resources, career counseling and events held throughout the year.

Workshops are designed to enable MBAs to learn ways to manage their careers and prepare to compete more effectively in today's MBA job market.

Career Workshops

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Career workshops are a graduation requirement for Fall 2013 incoming graduate business students and must be fulfilled within the first semester of study. All new incoming students must attend the two required career workshops to fulfill the requirement. Incoming students are automatically registered on the class roster.

Pursuing an MBA is more than just obtaining a graduate degree, it's about enhancing your career prospects! Learn job search skills necessary to put yourself ahead of the pack and to strategically manage your career. 

Workshops are held at the SF State Downtown Campus and are facilitated by Career Counselor Gibson Scheid, M.B.A., Ph.D. These workshops are also open to current graduate business students.

Required Career Workshop I: Taking Charge—Create a Marketing Plan to Manage Your Career

Mon., Sept. 9, 2013, 5 - 6:15 p.m.

You have taken an important step in your career, by enrolling in the MBA program at San Francisco State. Congratulations! It is now up to you to decide how you want to apply what you will be learning.
Do you know what type of work you want to do, where you want to do it, and with what type of organization?

In this workshop you will take the first steps in taking charge of your career. You will have the opportunity to the time to pause to take inventory of your skills and interests, the types of industries and corporate cultures that fit with how you are "wired", and identify the companies where you want to work.

Online Survey

Attendees: Please take two minutes to fill out this Career Workshop I Online Survey and let us know what you thought of the first required Career Workshop led by Gibson Scheid.

Required Career Workshop II: Successful Interviewing & Practice Using Optimal Interview Prep

Tues., Oct. 15, 2013, 5 - 6:15 p.m.

Often people stay in jobs they dislike, because the alternative is a job search and the often-dreaded interviews that go with it. By preparing for an interview, you will have more successful interviews. Preparation starts with thinking about the questions typically asked in an interview and practicing answering them. 

You will also learn what is the "question behind the question" being asked, and what to do when you are asked a question you cannot answer. This is an interactive workshop - offering you multiple opportunities to begin preparing for an interview.

Online Survey

Attendees: Please take two minutes to fill out this Career Workshop II Online Survey and let us know what you thought of the second required Career Workshop led by Gibson Scheid.

Optional Workshop open to all MBA, MSA, and EMBA students

Networking Online and Your Personal Brand

RSVP for this workshop scheduled Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5-6:30 p.m.

"Two thirds of companies now recruit via Facebook, over half use Twitter and almost all use LinkedIn," Jobvite, July 9, 2012

"Today, if you don't show up in Google, you don't exist," William Arruda, New York, NY, President, Reach Personal Branding at Reach

In this workshop, learn the importance of social media networking in managing your job search and career. One key to success in social media networking is developing a brand or online presence. Learn the steps involved in creating your personal brand to cultivate a powerful online presence, expand your network, and attract potential employers.

One-on-One Career Counseling

Current graduate business students may make an appointment with Gibson Scheid for one-on-one career advice during the fall and spring semesters.

Appointment hours for the fall semester are Monday and Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. The Professional Development office is located in DTC 592.

To set up an appointment, send an email to Gibson Scheid at There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please email Gibson to cancel or reschedule.

Career Counselor, Gibson Scheid, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Gibson ScheidGibson Scheid has attended the University of Oregon (B.A., Sociology), San Francisco State University (M.B.A.), and Fielding Graduate University where she earned an M.A. in human & organizational systems, and a Ph.D. in human development.

Her educational experience includes work at Omega Performance Corporation, Golden Gate University, the University of California (Berkeley), San Francisco State University, and John F. Kennedy University. Her work has included curriculum and, instructional design, digital classroom technology, the maintenance of specialized and, regional accreditation, and career transition counseling.

Currently she is dean of the College of Business and Management at United States University and a career consultant at San Francisco State University.

Gibson has considerable corporate experience, including positions as vice president, information and advice marketing for the Charles Schwab Corporation, and vice president, The Investment Center, Security Pacific Bank.


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