Every year the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) releases the findings from its MBA student survey, the Global Management Education Graduate Survey, which is taken by MBA students in the last few months of b-school. The survey assesses student opinions on their educational experiences, the value of their MBA degrees, and the progress and success of their job search. 5,274 current b-school students expecting to graduate in 2010 responded to the survey.
The 2010 survey revealed the following:
- Fewer 2010 graduates were offered jobs at the time of the survey than last year’s participants; nonetheless, job optimism seems to be on the rise.
- Forthcoming full-time MBA graduates with job offers received average salary increases similar to those of last year’s graduating class. Part-time and EMBA grads, on the other hand, received greater salary increases than graduates did last year.
- B-school students still attribute a high value to their business school educations. They measure value by comprehensiveness of the curriculum, relevance of the curriculum, faculty teaching methods, and the overall talent level of the students.
- The most popular fields among graduate business school students remain the same as last year: the finance/accounting field, products/services field, and consulting field.
- Unlike last year, students seeking jobs in finance or accounting had great success in their job search than those looking for jobs in technology and consulting.
- Students who participated in extracurricular activities, especially internships and leadership programs, were more likely to secure a job offer than those students who were not involved in such activities.
For more survey details, see the full report.
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