Beyond the Numbers: Interview with Tuck’s Director of Professional Services

Here at Tuck, we recently launched our employment data for the class of 2022 that set new records for average total remuneration. The median starting base salary for the class increased to $175,000, up from $150,000 a year earlier, and the median signing bonus held steady at $30,000 with 93 percent of the class receiving a signing bonus.

Demand for our Tuck MBA graduates is consistently high. Ninety-eight percent of the most recent class, for example, received a job offer within three months of graduation, and 96 percent accepted offers within the same time period.

For an inside look beyond the numbers and to learn more about how Tuck continues to set records for workplace success, I sat down with Stephen Pidgeon T’07, CEO of Career Services at Tuck and author of How to get a consulting job Y Case Interviews for Beginners.

What strikes you about the industry breakdown for the class of 2022?

First of all, I will say that the employment mix is ​​really driven by our students and what they want to do after Tuck. It’s always interesting to see what mix we end up with year after year; We generally see a good balance of industries and this year is no exception.

For the T’22, we saw an increase in interest in consulting roles and that data is consistent with what we saw in employment results for the class. I think consulting in general is always an attractive industry for MBAs, especially right after graduation: For one thing, you see that high starting salary. Second, you can really immerse yourself in many different industries while learning and absorbing as much as you can. I talk to a lot of students who really want to continue to explore and build on the foundation and leadership skills they developed at Tuck. Lastly, consulting firms are very busy right now. In uncertain times they are often busier and we keep hearing from them that they are eager to hire MBA talent.

In general, when I look at the industries our graduates are in, I see a healthy mix that reflects the interests and passions of students.

What was one of the main takeaways from this year’s employment report?

Our team collects data on students’ target employers and industries before they even set foot on campus, and we continue to map their career aspirations and journey throughout their two years at Tuck. When we looked at the data for the class of 2022 and compared it to their post-Tuck industries and companies, we found that our graduates are largely achieving what they set out to do. This theory is also validated by the sheer number of accepted offers we see.

What is it about Tuck’s approach that helps students get the jobs they seek most?

I think we can put our hands on our hearts and say that we have the most resourced professional services team among our peers. Our career advisors have experience in the industries our students are seeking to enter, and many of us as Tuck alumni have already been through the process. We meet one-on-one with the students as many times as they like and get to know them personally. We know what they want, what they don’t want, where they come from, and how best to help them tell their story. When I’m with a student, because I know them personally, I’m not giving feedback at arms length, I’m giving honest feedback.

The heart of Tuck is really its full-time two-year MBA program. What that means in terms of Career Services is that if you come knocking on my door, I’m not going to be meeting with a college student or executive MBA student. Our focus is you, day after day.

What kind of resources does Career Services offer?

Our work with students begins before they even set foot on campus. Those early conversations focus on career exploration and what they want to get out of their experience with Tuck. We love talking to students about their skills and passions and then assigning them to MBA jobs. Once you know what you want to do, the rest is all about helping you get there. That means having your resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter sparkling. It means preparing for your interviews and the story you’re going to tell, which is one of my favorites. It means exploring networking options and how to approach networking in a fun and stress-free way. Finally, once the interview is done and you have your offer, we work with you on the negotiation to make sure you receive the best offer possible. So really, our work is from start to finish, and even extends beyond Hannover.

In addition to Career Services, there are countless other resources at Tuck that support students’ career aspirations: our renowned network of loyal alumni, our centersand even teachers, for example.

In general, students join Tuck with a wide range of industries and specific goals. At Tuck, we get to know our students personally and help them chart a path to the career they desire.

Find out more about the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Stephen Pidgeon T’07, CEO of Tuck Career Services, joined Tuck in 2010 from McKinsey in London, where he focused on healthcare consultancy with a functional specialty in organizational design. He is a best-selling author. How to get a consulting job Y Case Interviews for Beginners. Prior to attending Tuck, Stephen directed and produced several television series and one feature film.

Amy Mitson is director of admissions, recruitment and marketing at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth and has been with Tuck since 2000. Amy serves on the admissions committee and leads recruitment and diversity-focused initiatives. Her student services and admissions experiences helped her become familiar with Tuck’s operations, history, vibrant campus, and alumni community. Amy’s favorite aspect of Tuck is the people; working with current and potential members of the Tuck community is a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

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