Career management

Whether you are just starting your career or in the midst of a career change, it is never too late to achieve your dream and change your life for the better.

In the Career Management section, you'll find information and resources to help guide you through any stage in your career path. 

First 90 Days

You have 90 days to prove that you are a valuable asset and a great investment to the company. In the first 30 days, you want to develop relationships, build credibility, and set goals. In the first 60 days, you want to have already identified key priorities, taken on special projects, and adjusted to the culture. By the time you hit your 90 day anniversary, you want to assess your progress, complete several projects, and continue to plan ahead. 
Reflect on what have you done so far to prepare yourself for this position, what expectations you have had to embrace in this new role, and consider what will make you successful moving forward. Have an agenda, plan to learn, and balance making things happen with being observant and reflective. Engage proactively with your supervisor and colleagues. To really have a breakthrough moment, you will have to negotiate and establish realistic expectations, reach consensus, and secure sufficient resources while staying prepared to work independently or under close supervision. 

Top 10 things to do:

  1. Research organization, department, and people. 
  2. Keep a journal to track observations, lessons learned, goals. 
  3. Invite a different co-worker to lunch each month. 
  4. Attend at least 2 company-sponsored social events. 
  5. Help plan a work or social event. 
  6. Join an affinity group or work committee. 
  7. Write at least 3 hand-written "Thank-You" notes to colleagues. 
  8. Seek feedback from supervisor or a colleague. 
  9. Contribute an excellent idea that is implemented. 
  10. Add what you determine is your top priority in your first 90 days that may not be listed above. 

We want to stay in touch and hear from you as often as your schedule will allow. We are here every step of the way as you adjust to your new job, while applying all of the great things you learned at the Carey Business School. 

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Life after Carey for international students

Staying in the U.S.: OPT/H-1B

Connect with OIS @ Carey  for support in determining your eligibility and procedure. They issue documents required for students to obtain their visa, and help them to maintain their status once they have arrived in the United States. They also help with travel, employment authorizations, change of status, and cross-cultural awareness as well as financial concerns, health matters, housing, and other issues that may arise during a student’s stay. View the basic OPT timeline to understand the timing of the application process. 

Both GoinGlobal and My Visa Jobs are great online resources for exploring work opportunities and building networks for international students who wish to stay in the U.S. or return to their countries. If you are a current student or alumni interested in gaining access to GoinGlobal, please visit the Johns Hopkins University Career Planning website and click on the GoinGlobal link under "Hopkins Exclusive Resources". 

For more information on working in the U.S., visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services page, where you can learn about  OPT and H-1B.  

Returning home

You have accomplished your mission of receiving your higher education in the U.S. and now are preparing for your return home. You expect to be happy to return to your familiar surroundings and the people you have known so well. Things can be more complicated than that. You face the challenge of looking for a new job, and you find things and people have changed since you left, or they have not changed while you expect they should. This is what is referred to as “reverse culture shock”. Being aware of this can help ease the transition by focusing on the good of returning home, rather than dwelling on the bad. Returning home after a long time away can be hard, but with time and patience you will readjust. 

 The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Career Development Office is still here to support you in your career advancement after you return home via Skype appointments, which you can schedule in Handshake

Consider the following questions: 

  • How have you changed since your first day in the U.S.? 
  • Name 3 values you have observed in Western business culture. 
  • Write down 3 ways your U.S. education has changed you. 
  • What can you offer employers in your home country? 

Check out the International Student Guide on returning home via for more information about adjusting when you return home.

Stay Connected

There are many reasons why you want to stay connected to other Carey graduates. As your career progresses, others are also moving forward. You may want to work in a company that your fellow alumni are working at now, or you are looking to build a team that your former classmate wants to be part of. You may simply want to brainstorm some ideas or compare notes with others who are connected to Carey. You will also continue to have access to Handshake when you need help with your next career move. 

You have the opportunity to stay connected with others by joining Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association and Carey Business School Alumni Network. You can be part of the Hopkins community through regional chapters across the country and around the world. You may also keep up with news and discussions or even and post your insights through on Carey’s LinkedIn Page

Join our virtual community through, where you can connect with over 1,100 Johns Hopkins alumni. Review the Networking section within the Career Navigator for strategies and samples of appropriate outreach. 

Mid-career management strategies

As an experienced professional, your career development needs are very different from those of new professionals. You have been successful in the job search and are likely to have many accomplishments to share with others. You may be well established in your field and have a solid professional network in place.  You know yourself and are confident about your value proposition.  

Congratulations! You’re off to a great start. However, in today’s highly competitive job market, it is more important than ever to be proactive about managing your career, regardless of your age or stage in life. Change is the norm in organizations and even the best and most competitive employees find themselves in career transition at one time or another. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that working professionals can expect to make two or three career changes and as many as ten job changes over the course of their working lives. So how can you best prepare for career transitions and effectively manage your career? 

Consider the following strategies: 

  • Be intentional. 
  • Invest in yourself. 
  • Manage your professional brand. 
  • Know when it’s time to make a career transition and find the courage within you. 
  • Plan financially for life and career transitions.