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Post-MBA Career Poll Results

Thank you to the more than 300 people who participated in this poll. Please note this archived poll was conducted during 2000, when the economy was a bit different than it is now. Here are the results and our original analysis.

Question:  What career path do you plan to pursue after completing your MBA?

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Our thoughts on the post MBA career goal poll results

Venture Capital

Venture capital is a hard field to break into regardless of where you go for your MBA. As a result, we are not surprised this received the fewest number of votes.

Investment Banking

Investment banking has always been a favorite career choice for new business school graduates, particularly from schools such as Wharton, Columbia, University of Chicago, and NYU/Stern. Be well aware though that new investment bankers from the top MBA programs really do work very long hours. For some reason there seems to be a persistent myth that the I-bankers don't pull frequent all-nighters. Expect to work at least 100 hours a week if you join a large, "bulge bracket" investment bank.

Fortune 500 Companies

The traditional Fortune 500 companies may not appear to be glamorous, but they will likely continue to attract a large number of MBAs for many reasons such as their relative stability and the large scales they can bring to the projects they undertake. Business planning, corporate finance, and investor relations seem to be the three most favorite destinations inside the Fortune 500s for newly-minted b-school graduates.

Internet/Hi Tech

Although the dot com start-ups had never become that popular with MBA students, we were still nonetheless surprised that more respondents did not select Internet/Hi Tech as their post business school career choice. While we are in complete awareness of the current market unfavorability towards e-commerce companies, we still believe that there is a viable place in our global economy for dot com companies with solid business models. (If you sell a product at a negative gross profit margin, then yes, you will eventually lose your source of financing and go out of business.)


Consulting has been a very popular career choice for new business school grads for quite some time. Despite the current slowdown, there are signs that consulting is poised to begin making a major comeback within the next 1 to 2 years. If you choose to go into consulting, you can expect relatively long hours (about 60 to 70 hours per week) and heavy travel (about 4 days a week for firms without a large, local client base). Nonetheless, the experience and the learning curve this profession can provide by getting a chance to work on a lot of new, challenging projects many of which have never been previously undertaken attracts many new graduates to this field.

If you would like more information on the post-MBA career options, you may click here to see our reviews on various venture capital, consulting, and investment banking books.

We do consult our clients on MBA career opportunities and we do advise our clients on the feasibility of their future career goals. We also help them select the best business schools based on their career objectives, as well as many other factors, and offer them advice to help them achieve these goals. Email us to learn more about how we can help you.

We update our poll periodically and we will continue to archive the results of the previous polls so you can see how other business school applicants voted on those topics as well.

Do you have an idea for a poll topic or any comments on our analysis? Please email us with your thoughts.

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