Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31

Post-MBA: Choosing The Right Career Path

Post-MBA: Choosing the Right Career Path

An MBA can open doors to a number of careers.

But how exactly do you know which path to take?

Sameer Kamat, of MBA Crystal Ball, recently discussed how students can select the right career after an MBA.

DO SOME INTROSPECTION

Kamat says introspection is the first critical step in deciding your career path post-MBA.

He recommends students to think deeply with honest reflection about their goals.

“Which industry and function do your educational background, skillset, and personality fit the best? It’s a good idea to mull these questions before and even while you are doing your MBA, as you will be alert to the industries and functions that may or may not be suitable,” Kamat writes.

After asking yourself these questions, Kamat recommends that students take a self-assessment on their strengths and weaknesses.

“Try to remove the weaknesses and develop your strength further,” Kamat writes. “Don’t feel overwhelmed by the job search to come. Remember and relish the achievement you have made already, such as having been able to get into a good b-school and do well in your MBA program.”

PREP YOURSELF WITH QUESTIONS

Kamat outlines a number of questions that students should ask themselves to prepare for the career search including:

  • “When do companies come to my campus for recruitment?”
  • “Which are these companies/industries?”
  • “Which of them should I prefer, given my skills and interests?”
  • “How can I improve my resume?”
  • “Do I know how to prepare for an interview?”

Experts recommend students to know their target industry and understand the ins and outs of that industry.

“Start by setting some parameters to guide your research, then do your homework,” Nonie Mackie, of Fortuna Admissions, writes for P&Q. “This can include researching specific industries and roles and identifying new trends and opportunities that excite you.”

In terms of what types of parameters to set, Mackie says, it can be helpful to ask yourself a few questions.

“Is your goal to work in a particular industry (i.e. retail, hospitality, energy), where you may pass through a variety of functions over the course of your career? Or is it to develop an area of deep expertise and specialization (i.e. finance, marketing or human resources)? Not only will this groundwork make your application stronger (by articulating a credible and compelling career vision), it will give you a solid understanding of what it’s going to take to land your post-MBA job,” Mackie writes.

Want more tips on selecting the right career? Click here.

Sources: MBA Crystal Ball, Poets & Quants