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Whether you want to enhance your career, qualify for a new position or launch an entrepreneurial venture, we are here to help. Through our Executive Careers Program, you assess your situation, define your goals, identify steps to close gaps and develop milestones for your development plan. Choose from a menu of career services ranging from personalized coaching, to classroom workshops or online resources available at your fingertips and on your own schedule. 

Workshops and Seminars

Take advantage of career workshops and seminars specifically designed for mid-career professionals. These workshops are themed around real career scenarios and career goals to help you reach your highest potential. These workshops are highly interactive and designed to drill down on topics which include:

  • Re-evaluating your career goals
  • Confirming realistic career objectives
  • Planning a career marketing campaign
  • Creating a new position at your current organization
  • Proposing an initiative to reduce costs or increase revenues
  • Communicating small wins and establishing internal systems
  • Writing an executive resume
  • Activating your job search campaign
  • Measuring progress towards your objectives
  • Identifying your entrepreneurial best fit option
  • Finding the right business or franchise to buy
  • Planning your start-up business
  • Weighing the risks and rewards of a consulting business
The self-paced, online career management training program is available for individual use at any time during your education at the Merage School. These modules cover some of the basic job search topics not necessarily focused on during the in-class workshops.
Professional development seminars delivered by industry experts are offered throughout the year. Previous topics include Emotional Intelligence, Developing an Executive Blueprint, Working with Executive Search Firms, and Personal Branding and Image Management.

Professional Development

Personalized Career Coaching

Throughout your time in the MBA for Executives program you will partner with International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and organizational development advisor, Theresa Tavarez, PhD, PCC.

Exclusive to UCI's MBA for Executives, you will benefit from unlimited access to Theresa throughout the program and your career. During the program, Theresa will support you on creating a comprehensive leadership development plan, career vision and path, and assess your strategies and approaches for advancing your career to the next level.

With Theresa as your executive partner you will:

  • Develop yourself as a leader - your leadership competencies and leadership presence
  • Build a strategic plan for your career
  • Refine your personal brand
  • Ready yourself for digital leadership including conflict resolution, influence and leading team, culture change and more
  • Expand your perspective in quarterly executive series events featuring speakers on topics like Talent Management and Acquisition, Check Your Attitude and more
  • Benefit from a sounding board for organizational development challenges throughout your career

Executive Connections

The Executive Connections program pairs current EMBA students with Merage School executive alumni and successful leaders in our business community. Our mission is to develop and sustain collaborative relationships that offer real-world experiences, information, encouragement, advice and access to networks that offer personal and professional growth. The program is conducted over a 6-month period with a 1-3 hour a month commitment.

Online Resources

The Merage School Career Center receives job postings at all experience levels including upper management and executive-level positions that are available to you while in the program and throughout your career. We also encourage you, as a potential employer, to post open positions on the Merage School Job Board. The Career Center also maintains an online research library that contains corporate contacts databases, career research sites, job boards, recorded video modules and more.

Additionally, all Merage School students and alumni have access to the online Alumni Directory. Our Alumni Network of over 11,000 alumni is a powerful resource for networking and connecting with alums locally or worldwide. The database can be searched by region, industry, job function or company.