Career development

MBA Career Development

Closely aligned with the Aston Edge, we run a comprehensive career management programme of activities designed to help you maximise your employability, coordinated by our dedicated MBA careers consultant. We work with you to: 

  • Deepen your understanding of the job market across the globe and in the UK 
  • Refine your interview technique 
  • Build strategic networks 
  • Take control of your own professional development

The skills you will develop on the Aston 
MBA are relevant not just to your next move, but to the whole of your career. 

When you leave us, you will have a far greater appreciation of your own strengths, abilities and capacities – and the confidence to communicate these to potential employers or to start your own business.

MBA Paul Schoonenberg

MBA Careers Consultant

Paul Schoonenberg draws on 15 years’ experience across the corporate and financial markets in his role as MBA Careers Consultant at Aston Business School. He has international experience across resourcing projects for clients in multiple industry sectors and has worked across the UK, Europe and Asia. A French and German speaker and MBA graduate himself, he provides bespoke and practical advice to a wide range of student groups, with a specialism towards experienced MBA students.

He is Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBACSEA), representing leading Business School careers services and employers of postgraduate talent. 

MBA Career Management Programme

A range of topics are covered in a planned programme of weekly workshops to ensure MBA students are well supported and prepared for making strategic career plans. These include:

  • Self-analysis and decision making
  • Proactive job search techniques
  • Making winning applications
  • Preparing for assessment centres
  • Practice psychometric testing
  • Interview preparation
  • Practice interviews with a wide range of visiting managers from industry
  • Visiting consultants are invited in to deliver sessions, for example on networking skills, negotiation skills, interview techniques and to run workshops focusing on different occupational areas. 

Individual appointments can be made with the MBA Careers Adviser and MBA participants can discuss any aspect of their career planning, job hunting strategy and career development.

A wide range of speakers visit the MBA Programme each term, sharing their expertise in a variety of industry sectors and functional areas. These include:

  • Business and management consultants 
  • Banking and finance professionals
  • Marketing professionals
  • HR Directors

Our extensive range of online resources includes access to specialist MBA vacancy websites, careers information websites and career planning tools such as Career Leader and QS Global Workplace. We can also link you to executive recruitment agencies and provide advice on career evaluation and  change. One-to-one appointments with our careers consultant can be set up remotely if you are not studying with us on campus.

This is a very important assessed part of your MBA where you can put your MBA learning into practice and gain valuable experience. 

You will have the opportunity to apply for one of our employer-sponsored consultancy projects or you can opt for a topic of your own choice. 

Our previous MBA participants have undertaken projects for companies such as IBM, BT, Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank, the NHS and Mace Group as well as small enterprises and new businesses.

Learn more

Whilst investment banking and management consultancy have long been regarded as typical MBA careers, the list of companies who now hire MBA graduates is extensive. Some large national and multinational companies have specific MBA recruitment programmes e.g. GE, Philips, Johnson and Johnson, BT; many other companies will recruit MBA graduates into “experienced or lateral hire” vacancies.

Jobs that our recent MBA Graduates have gone into include:

  • International Marketing Manager with a manufacturing company
  • Product manager with a healthcare manufacturer
  • Senior Consultant in strategic finance with a consultancy
  • Financial Accountant with a bank
  • Head of Strategy and Planning with an electronics manufacturer
  • Business Process Consultant with an IT company
  • Chief Financial Officer with a steel manufacturer
  • Enterprise Risk Manager with a provider of financial services
  • Marketing Consultant with an advertising agency
  • Senior IT Associate with a pharmaceutical manufacturer
  • Head of International Marketing with a cosmetics company
  • Area Sales Manager with a leisure company
  • Project Manager with the NHS

Here are some of the companies who have recruited MBAs from Aston Business School:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Accenture
  • KPMG
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
  • Ferrari
  • Rolls Royce
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Diamond Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Michelin
  • NG Vayasa Bank
  • Npower
  • Avon Cosmetics
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Nike
  • LG Electronics
  • Phyto Health Corporation
  • Emirates Financial Services
  • Wipro Technologies
  • General Electric International
  • Hyundai Motor Corporation
  • BP
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Mars
  • Kanebo
  • Bangkok Bank
  • Towers Perrin
  • IMS Consulting
  • Veolia
  • Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank
  • Teradata
  • CRU Stategies
  • Eli Lilley
  • First City Monument Bank
View a recording of a webinar with Paul Schoonenberg to learn more about the full range of careers support available.

You might be interested in:

MBA student & alumni profiles
Aston Edge
MBA Mentoring

Ask a question: