Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Chess Professional
GRE 317, GPA 8.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6

Retailing Legend’s Advice To MBAs

“Now, most companies don’t last that long, and you’re not going to get a gold watch.”

The fact that many entrepreneurial ventures fail should not deter MBAs from attempting startups, Baker says. “You do it for a couple of years and it doesn’t work out. You’ve got your MBA. You can get a job. You’re not a failure . . . at age 26.”

No matter where a business student’s career interests lie, internships are vital, Baker says. “All students should do internships,” he says. “You might find something that you really love and you might be offered a job. You might do something and find out you really don’t like it – that’s good, too.”


Constant, rapid change in nearly all business fields means business students should plan on taking advantage of mid-career education programs delivered by B-schools, Baker advises. “You’ve got to be willing to learn and keep learning. If you want to stay on top in a lot of these fields, you’ve gotta continue to be educated in them.”

In 2002, Baker and his wife Patty established the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at Wharton, and endowed it permanently as a the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center in 2010. Despite the fact that fewer than 3% of Wharton MBAs have been going into retail, Baker remains a believer in the value of a career in that sector.

“People don’t always starve in retail,” Baker says. “You put all the Waltons together, they’re a hell of a lot richer than Bill Gates.”


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