Full-time MBA: the NEXT approach

a jhu carey business school student discussing her classes with two of hero mentors through the NEXT approach


Johns Hopkins Carey Business School offers full-time MBA students the opportunity to be matched with an industry professional to serve as a mentor throughout the MBA program.

Meeting with an industry mentor at key points throughout the MBA journey will help you make the most of your MBA experience, reach your full leadership potential, and grow as a professional.

At Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, we know that no one makes it to the top alone. That’s why we offer the NEXT approach to our full-time MBA students. Partner with an industry professional throughout your MBA program to uncover your unique strengths, develop your leadership style, and make the most of your MBA experience by:

  • Engaging in conversations that encourage reflection upon your personal and professional narratives and MBA experiences
  • Encouraging you to build upon your skills and understand yourself as a leader
  • Providing you with insights and critical feedback from your mentor to develop self-awareness
  • Instilling the confidence to build an executive presence and a business-leader mentality

Explore and grow

Your MBA is a time for self- and career-exploration. Gain a holistic understanding of who you are as a leader and define your areas of strength and improvement to challenge your assumptions and explore the possibilities to graduate confident in a career that inspires you.

We hand-select your industry professional to complement your industry, interests, and career aspirations. Whether you have a set career trajectory, are unsure of your next career move, or lie somewhere in between, the one-on-one meetings will help you plan for and achieve your leadership goals.

As your reflection process digs deep into your experiences, you will build resilience as you find what does and does not work in your own approach to leadership. Hone these skills to continue extracting insights, refining, and growing throughout your career.

Forge your professional narrative

In an increasingly competitive job market, you may only have a few minutes with a future employer to set yourself apart. Gaining insight from your industry mentor will help you connect your experiences in and out of the classroom to graduate with a compelling, coherent professional identity. Walk into your next interview ready to communicate your professional narrative, the value of your MBA, and what distinguishes you as a confident leader.

Structured for you

NEXT grows with you. Meet with your mentor at key points throughout your two-year MBA journey to collaboratively decide what works best for you. Graduate with a broader network, the skills to turn leadership experiences into insights, and the polished professional narrative to lead in your post-Carey career.