Friday, June 1, 2007

Hiring SDM graduates brings added value to companies - SDM Pulse, Summer 2007

Industry Representatives invited to Recruitment Week, Nov. 6-9

By Helen M. Trimble, director of SDM Career Development

Helen M. Trimble

Fellows from MIT’s SDM program are experienced professionals representing a wide range of industries. Their experience, coupled with extraordinary academic preparation in leadership, systems thinking and managing complex systems, makes them ideal employees who can work across organizational boundaries to solve enterprise-wide challenges.

Unlike other academic programs, SDM has a flexible recruitment cycle. Our self-funded candidates can be interviewed and hired year-round simply by requesting resumes or visiting the MIT campus. It is advantageous for employers, however, to attend the major, weeklong, recruitment event held each year, since many SDM fellows can be interviewed at one time during that event. This year’s SDM Recruitment Week will be Nov. 6-9.

The best news is that there are no preconditions for companies to participate in SDM recruitment activities, and it is very economical. Career development professionals estimate that the cost of a search at key technical leadership levels, such as manager or director, is easily $40,000, or 20 percent to 30 percent of annual salary. Compare that to airfare from your city plus lodging and food costs for one to two days in Cambridge (approximately $325 per day at a first-rate hotel) and the savings are impressive.

Agus Sudjianto, SDM ’99, senior vice president and global quantitative risk management executive at Bank of America, says, “SDM recruiting events give the bank the opportunity to interact with the candidates and hire top talent. Our SDM associates bring valuable skills and perspectives to the organization, enabling them to immediately and significantly contribute to solving complex issues. I look forward to participating in this fall's SDM event on behalf of Bank of America.”

From the student perspective, Dhiman Bhattacharjee, who will graduate in September 2007, says, “Attending the SDM Recruitment Week and interviewing with a number of companies resulted in an internship with Cisco and broadened my perspective on a career path, which led to my decision to join Oracle as a senior product strategy manager.”

For more information on SDM recruitment activities and attending Recruitment Week Nov. 6-9, contact Helen Trimble at or 617.258.8256.

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