MSx students walking past the Monument to Change as it Changes

Career Support and Resources

One year in the Stanford MSx Program — to reflect, refine, and expand your skills — can transform you and your career.

The MSx Program offers more than a classroom education. It includes activities and events to help you reach your personal and career goals. Stanford GSB can help you build your career in the following ways:

  • Strengthen Your Leadership Skills: Consider classes on leadership and soft skills, volunteer in leadership roles, participate in executive coaching.
  • Broaden Your Network: Join career clubs, participate in events, meet professors, connect with classmates and alumni, get involved with centers and institutes.
  • Deepen Your Skill Set: Choose classes that align with your plans and interests, do research, explore courses outside of Stanford GSB.
  • Expose Yourself to New Perspectives: Participate fully in life on and off campus, take classes in areas new to you, engage with classmates from around the world.

Hear How to Advance Your Career from MSx Alumni

Anson Liang MSx Class of 2024
MSx Class of 2024

"My time at the GSB was transformative, providing me with the strategic insights and leadership skills necessary to take my IPOed company to the next level. Through focused learning on strategic investment and acquisitions, I gained a deep understanding of how to drive growth and value in a competitive landscape. This experience has been invaluable in shaping a more ambitious and successful trajectory for my company."

The MSx Career Education Experience

You will have dedicated support from the Career Management Center (CMC). Career advisors and coaches will help you explore new pathways to advance your career, launch a new venture, or increase your impact personally and professionally.

By stepping away from your work to immerse yourself in a vibrant, stimulating, and challenging learning environment, you will:

  • Grow in new and unexpected ways: take risks, fail, learn, and iterate to succeed.
  • Extrapolate lessons from your career and leverage those takeaways to be more effective.
  • Interlace your peers’ experiences with lessons of Stanford GSB faculty, lecturers, and world-renowned guest speakers to deepen your learning.
  • Dedicate time to learn new skills, explore new topics, and gain insights that are relevant in today’s economy.

The MSx Program provides numerous resources and guidance to help you achieve your career goals

  • Mid-Career Expertise: A mid-career team within the CMC dedicated to the unique needs of MSx students
  • Specific Curriculum: The MSx-specific Career Education Program  designed specifically for mid-career professionals
  • Career Workshops: Exclusive MSx-only workshops for  peer learning and practicing with your cohort
  • Access to the CMC: Access to the full range of CMC resources, including dozens of workshops, Career Advisors, and online tools available 24/7
  • Networking: Special networking events with MSx alumni, open only to MSx students
  • Canvas Course: Canvas course platform that brings the curriculum together, providing a private and dedicated space to address mid-career needs

Career Support for MSx Program

As your career evolves and you explore ways to advance or secure a promotion, navigating the marketplace to find the right opportunities can be intimidating. The good news: You will be deeply supported in finding your next move.

From day one, the Career Management Center is prepared to support your journey. Career advisors, leadership coaches, and academic advisors are ready to help challenge yourself and align your coursework to your career goals. And throughout your year in the MSx (Master of Science in Management) Program, you will have access to tools, workshops, opportunities, and resources to help you build clarity, confidence, and connections.

Clarity in How to Advance Your Career

Finding your next opportunity requires clarity in understanding yourself, the marketplace, and the job search process. Our career support resources will help you adapt your prior work experience to where you want to go. 

The most challenging step can be identifying what experience you bring to launch your post-Stanford GSB pivot and long-term strategic change, followed by an honest evaluation of what it takes to get there. Unlike a professional at the start of their career, you have a deeper well of experience and expertise. So what’s next?

You may arrive on campus with a crystal-clear vision about working in a new industry or company. If so, you can begin your year by analyzing the steps it will take to get there and focus on your path throughout the year.

If you are unsure about where you want to go, this is your opportunity to explore. You can spend your year evaluating options and ideas, and testing hypotheses so that when you graduate, you have the confidence to position yourself for greater impact.

Confidence in How to Position Yourself For Career Growth

You will have partners in the Career Management Center, your cohort, and the larger Stanford GSB community to help you develop your confidence and search for your next role.

No matter the stage of the career journey, you will need to know how to:

  • Interview and negotiate
  • Communicate your story
  • Articulate what you can offer
  • Network and build connections

Our students and graduates often say that the MSx Program has given them an abundance of confidence: for who they are, what they have done, and what they bring to the table. Find your confidence here.

Alumni Spotlight
MS 2019

“My executive coach gave me confidence in how I operate and helped me feel comfortable with who I am. He was never judgmental; he supported and empowered me. It was incredible for my self-esteem. He saw things in me that I couldn't see in myself at the time. It was evident that my happiness and success were my executive coach's highest priorities. He wanted me to take advantage of all of the resources that Stanford provided me.”

Connections That Last a Lifetime

Once you have gained clarity and confidence, we will help you learn how to craft a strategic network of like-minded people and reciprocal support to find your strategic career role. We can help you discover the people, organizations, and opportunities to get you where you want to go. Additionally, you will leverage your existing network to help others, and you will rely on your classmates and their connections to help you.