Ross MBA Employment Outcomes, Alumni Network, and Life in Ann Arbor

Here at Menlo Coaching, we appreciate the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for its commitment to teamwork and real-world experience.

Menlo Coaching’s Founding Partner, David White interviewed Soojin Kwon, the Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Student Experience at Ross to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be both an applicant and a student at this prestigious MBA program.

In this final part of the interview, David and Soojin discuss Ross’ recruiting portfolio, the extensive University of Michigan alumni network, and life in Ann Arbor.

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Ross MBA Employment Reports and Career Possibilities

Like most top MBA programs, Ross continually puts out impressive Employment Data. Ross Business School specializes in a few career paths that might be especially appealing to some MBAs. 

Additionally, about two thirds of Ross’ graduates are located in places other than the Midwest, including international markets. For students who don’t like the idea of staying near Ann Arbor, it’s important to note that Ross’ biggest post MBA markets are San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Chicago. And while there are a lot of marketing jobs in Minneapolis and Chicago, Ann Arbor is less than half an hour from an international airport making it easy for recruiters to get to and for students to fly out of in order to visit different companies.

Apropos of this, Ross offers a number of recruitment treks so that students can meet recruiters on their home turf. Through partnerships with professional student clubs and the career development office, Ross offers a tech trek, real estate trek, marketing trek, emerging market trek, and healthcare trek. Most of these occur in late October, during the professional development week between Ross’ first two terms. 

For those students interested in smaller companies or paths that don’t have the full-support of on-campus recruiting, MBAs find themselves conducting what Ross refers to as self-directed or off-campus searches. These are facilitated by the alumni network and a professional student club that is focused on their particular area of interest. Even when the school is less able to help in a structured way, Ross’ excellent alumni and club networks share resources that help individual searches feel less arduous.

Career Office Resources for Ross MBAs

To propel these career outcomes, Ross’ career office has a number of great resources. Two stand out as more or less unique to the campus.

This is all in addition to student clubs, alumni visits, conferences, workshops, and speaker series. 

The implicit bias against Ross is that, because of its location in Ann Arbor, and its focus on tech and consulting, applicants often think they won’t be able to get jobs in the industries or regions they want. Given Ross’ wide-ranging network, this particular critique is more of a myth. As they say on campus: “Go Blue, Go Anywhere.”

Michigan Ross Alumni Network

The Ross Business School, as a part of the University of Michigan, is part of a huge alumni network. If you’ve heard someone say “Go Blue” or seen the Michigan M, you’re probably aware of the far-reaching cultural footprint that the university has. Ross MBA students will be able to take advantage of that extensive network

Ninety percent of Ross MBA students come from outside of Michigan and, because Ann Arbor is a smaller town than many of the bigger-city applicants might be used to, it forges a powerful, close-knit bond. Without expansive networks of friends and family that many MBAs find in larger cities, the relative isolation of Ann Arbor helps students become hyper-focused on their relationships with one another and cement the bonds that the alumni network provides. 

There is a genuine willingness to support one another. Students leverage their alumni network to find internships and full-time jobs. All one has to do is say “Go Blue” at the bottom of an email and it opens up a deep well of passion and camaraderie that connects students and alumni.  

Life in Ann Arbor

Perhaps one of the reasons the companionship is so strong among the UMich community could be due to the shared-experience of calling Ann Arbor home for a time. With MBA students coming from New York, San Francisco, Boston, LA, Tokyo, and London, the vast majority all seem to have a deep passion for this small Michigan town. There are plenty of fun things to do in Ann Arbor.

In short, Ann Arbor has all the perks of a walkable, livable small town with friendly people, and the advantage of a nearby big city with all the amenities and events that implies.

(See more from this interview: Michigan Ross MBA Admissions, Part 1, Michigan Ross MBA Admissions, Part 2, and The Ross MBA Curriculum)