Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
NYU Stern | Mr. Risky Analyst
GMAT 740, GPA 2.4
Harvard | Mr. Fitness Startup
GMAT 750, GPA 3.20
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Tepper | Ms. Project Manager Muffy
GMAT 500, GPA 2.89
USC Marshall | Mr. Colombian Healthcare
GMAT 720, GPA 3.25
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Not Your Dad’s CPA
GMAT 730 (target score), GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Consultant
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Harvard | Mr. Doctor Going VC
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Yale | Ms. Classical Singer
GRE 317, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Old Product Manager
GMAT 660 - retaking, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. FAANG PM
GMAT 740, GPA 2.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare Marketing
GMAT 740, GPA 3.05
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Apple Network Architect
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Tuck | Mr. Sustainability PM
GMAT 760, GPA 66%
Kellogg | Mr. High Aspirations
GRE 317, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Investor Relations
GMAT 780, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Dreamer
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Finance Manager
GMAT 660, GPA 2.6
Harvard | Ms. Retail Enthusiast
GRE 320, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthcare Finance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.91
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Data Analytics Guy
GRE 318, GPA 3.49
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Product Development Engineer
GMAT Requirement Waived, GPA 3.8

What Employers Want From MBA Graduates

Why You Should Plan for Five Careers in a Lifetime

On an episode of Inside Quest, a show that investigates how people achieved success, host Tom Bilyeu asked author Simon Sinek on his view of Millennials in the workplace of today. Sinek, a motivational speaker and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, says one of the greatest problems with Millenials in the workplace is their expectation of “instant gratification.”

Instant gratification, according to Entrepreneur, is “the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment.” Sinek says Millenials seek instant gratification by jumping from company to company without the patience to stick at one and advance up the ladder.

Helen Barrett, Work & Careers editor at Financial Times, recently wrote an op-ed piece discussing why it’s necessary for today’s business education graduates to plan for five careers in a lifetime.

“Thanks to automation and the forces of globalization, working life is impermanent and unpredictable, and will only become more so,” Barrett writes. “That is daunting, but it is also liberating. We are increasingly willing to take control.”

The increasing influence of automation in many industries has forced many to seek a well-paying job. “If they are lucky, they can expect to sprint from their mid-twenties before hitting a career peak in their forties,” Barrett says. “If they are unlucky, they will be pushed out by automation.” Alternatively, graduates may also decide to start a business or develop a sideline and take a slower route in their career. Doing both, Barrett says, is probably the safest option.

For Barrett, she spent a decade in advertising only to switch to journalism in her mid-thirties for half the pay. Switching careers meant starting over at the bottom of the ladder. It took her four years to catch up.

Barrett also recommends books such as Dorie Clark’s Entrepreneurial You, a hands-on guide to building a portfolio of revenue streams, both traditional and online, for those looking to strategically shape their career future.

“It makes sense to seek protection by reinventing ourselves before someone else decides we are dispensable,” Barrett writes. “I started over once, and would be prepared to do it again. In this world, planning for multiple careers is the only rational response.”

Sources: Financial Times, Inside Quest, Entrepreneur

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