Wharton | Mr. Big Four To IB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00

What A Post-COVID-19 MBA Looks Like

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Courtesy photo

Advice From The Stanford GSB Class of 2009

The graduating class of 2020 is reminiscent of another class that graduated during a time of uncertainty: the class of 2009.

11 years ago, MBA grads entered the job market as a global recession was well underway. Fast forward to 2020 and the job market looks strikingly similar with the global economy projected to shrink 5.2% this year alone.

In a blog piece by non-disclosure, an online magazine written by and for the Stanford GSB community, GSB ’09 grads discuss insights and learnings they’ve picked up as they graduated during times of uncertainty.

“PERFECT” IS LIMITING

Many MBAs graduate with high hopes of landing a dream job or securing a coveted position.

This was the case for Laura Jones, now Director of Product Marketing at Uber.

Jones, who graduated GSB in ’09, had high hopes of working at her dream company, IDEO.

Ultimately, that didn’t happen.

But Jones says she sees it more as a blessing that things didn’t align the way she planned them.

It’s something, she says, taught her the idea that “perfect” can oftentimes be limiting.

“I learned principle-based decision making provides me structure for evaluating opportunities, and the types of environments I like,” she tells non-disclosure. “I stopped romanticizing one specific path which is now a gift.”

POWER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Back in 2009, grads entered an uncertain world. And for many, what kept them going was the desire to pursue entrepreneurship.

“The recession didn’t change anything at all for me, which I almost feel bad or selfish saying but it’s the honest truth,” Dana Mauriello, COO of Mighty, tells non-disclosure. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and nothing would sway me and I feel so lucky that I wasn’t impacted like those in consulting or finance in my class.”

Mauriello says that uncertain times often bring about the best opportunities.

“For classmates who are losing opportunities: there are opportunities elsewhere that are growing,” she tells non-disclosure. “I can’t imagine GSBers not being able to find something, and remembering that a plan B can also be great.”

Sources: non-disclosure, The World Bank