We all know that some aspiring MBAs look to their time in business school as a platform through which they can execute a career change. Recognizing that these “career switchers” can benefit from as much exposure as possible to their desired new industry, NYU Stern offers its Industry Mentoring Initiative (IMI). IMI provides students who are committed to changing their career path with a chance to immerse themselves in their new targeted industry. Specifically, Stern partners with major corporations in New York City whose employees agree to mentor Stern students who wish to make a career shift. Students thereby gain access to industry-specific mock interviews, networking opportunities and Q&A sessions with their mentors. In 2011–2012, four IMI tracks were offered: Consulting, Investment Banking, Marketing, and Media & Entertainment. All first-year students can apply to participate in the IMI, and each year, approximately 8–15 students are selected for each career track.
So, if you are looking to make a career switch, you may want to look to Stern and immerse yourself in IMI!