Post-Graduate Industries Among MBAs

When many business school students enroll in their respective MBA programs, they have an idea of the industry in which they wish to work after graduation. Conversely, quite a few begin their studies with several prospective industries in mind. Where do MBAs actually land post-graduation? A recent survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) found that the majority of respondents—39% of the nearly 15,000 alumni from more than 1,100 graduate business programs—were working in an industry they had not considered prior to enrolling. Meanwhile, 36% had ended up in one of the industries they had considered, and only 26% were working in the exact industry they had chosen before business school. So, whether you are adamant about entering a particular industry after graduation or you fall into the category of “not quite sure yet,” be sure to keep an open mind. The business school experience molds your expectations of the future time and time again, and you may just end up on a career path you had not considered!

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