Increasing job opportunities was the single most cited motivation for wanting to sign up for business school and a degree in postgraduate management education, according to a GMAC survey of almost 12,000 prospective students released earlier this week.
The prospect of accelerating one’s career and securing an MBA job post-graduation has also come out as the top motivation among prospective MBA students in each of the last three editions of the QS Applicant Survey, picked out by more than 60% since 2012.
From the 2014 edition’s survey of approximately 5.5k MBA applicants attending the QS World MBA Tour in various locations around the globe, we also know that about 50% see an MBA as a means of building and developing a professional network. We also know that a little over 40% regard the qualification as an opportunity to enact a career change. Both these motivations also feed into the importance of recruitment and the post-MBA job search throughout a person’s time at business school.
Five tips from Mason School of Business alumnus
Montique Warren, a full-time MBA graduate from last year’s Mason School of Business class at the College of William and Mary, points out in this video that the act of finding your ideal MBA job doesn’t just start once the program is nearing its conclusion. Instead, he explains that it’s an ongoing process from at least the program’s beginning, and sometimes even before you step onto campus.
As a first-year student, Warren received an award for his positive contribution to the school’s MBA community and, since graduation, he’s worked for the Mason School of Business’ career management center – so, he’s certainly well-placed to talk us through recruitment in the context of a business school environment, as well as the approach that students might want to consider taking to land the perfect MBA job once they graduate…