"Accenture's internship experience helps students identify skills they excel at, want to learn more of and that will make them successful in their careers," Campagnino says. "In addition, interns learn to communicate effectively with many groups of people, work effectively with teams and identify their leadership potential."
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2. Financial manager: Strong financial managers have fine-tuned communication skills, and a talent for making complex, sometimes unpopular choices about operations. New York University's Stern School of Business and the University of California—Berkeley's Haas School of Business are some of the best programs for this track.
Developing skills: School representatives say programs enhance technical skills while ripening interpersonal ones. "We spend a lot of time on soft skills," Stoltzfus says. "We have mock interviews to practice those skills; we have comedy improv training to help students improve their poise and think on their feet; we have story-telling workshops so students can find the ability to tell stories in a way that engages a listener."
1. IT manager: This occupation intersects leadership and analytical skills with technical experience. Top programs include Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and Maryland's Smith School.
Standing out: Jackie Wilbur, executive director for undergraduate and master's programs at MIT's Sloan School, says grads "can distinguish themselves by gaining a deep understanding of the company and its products, and then demonstrating a passion for both." She also advises graduates to display a love for innovation, since technological advances happen so rapidly.
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