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MBA Students Advised to Start Their Job Search Early



By Chris Hassan
Posted August 13, 2012 06:57 PM

MBA students should start thinking about their career options early.
MBA students should start thinking about their career options early.
Many students turn to business school, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs they offer, to increase the number and type of career opportunities available to them. This much is apparent based on the results of the Graduate Management Admission Council’s recent MBA.com Prospective Students Survey, which showed that between 2011 and 2012, a large number of individuals set their sights on graduate management education due to such factors as better job prospects and higher salaries.

After some time, however, these students may find they are faced with too many career options, including jobs and internships across industries, and, as a result, miss out on the ones they should be focusing on.

To avoid this unfortunate scenario, Bloomberg BusinessWeek suggests MBA degree seekers devise a plan for life after business school early on. In fact, students can start as far back as the MBA admissions process, when they are typically asked to share their goals through personal essays. Those who do not have a good sense as to how they wish to apply their MBA to their career may be more likely to fail. With so much competition over jobs in the business sector, no one wants to be the person who got off to a late start.

"People who use the MBA to find themselves are at a disadvantage," Michael Malone, managing director of the Career Management Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, told BusinessWeek.

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