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Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 02:54
Been searching online for this topic for a while now with little factual information to show for it.
Does anyone out there know the prospects for people who want to switch to the energy industry.

I am hoping to move into clean-tech and this move is one of the main reasons behind my pursuit of an MBA. I have plenty of sales, marketing, and some managerial experience. I am hoping that this, combined with a MBA from an elite European of US school, will give me good chances at a clean-tech company or at a consulting company with a focus on clean-tech. However, I have no experience in this industry and it seems that many of the traditional energy companies prefer MBA who are already familiar with the industry (especially some engineering background).

Can anyone tell me what the prospects (especially my prospects) are within this industry? And if a internship within the industry will help my odds of employment after?

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Prospects in an emerging industry are mostly about the effort that you make in business school to position yourself. Since very few clean tech companies recruit at top MBA programs, most of the effort to find a job will be up to you. I had a few friends in business school who wanted to pursue non-traditional careers or live in areas where recruitment was not active (on-campus) so they became active in industry/professional clubs, starting to make contacts as a graduate student in companies they were interested in (people like to speak to students), and even did two consulting studies for companies in their target industry. By such efforts, all were able to secure jobs by the time they graduated. One thing they also did was to target alumni from day one -- and keep in touch with them throughout the course of their education.

If this is your goal, then you should go for it. Just go in with an open mind and know that you have to invest a lot of energy developing your own career opportunities.

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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 03:58
Prospects in an emerging industry are mostly about the effort that you make in business school to position yourself. Since very few clean tech companies recruit at top MBA programs, most of the effort to find a job will be up to you. I had a few friends in business school who wanted to pursue non-traditional careers or live in areas where recruitment was not active (on-campus) so they became active in industry/professional clubs, starting to make contacts as a graduate student in companies they were interested in (people like to speak to students), and even did two consulting studies for companies in their target industry. By such efforts, all were able to secure jobs by the time they graduated. One thing they also did was to target alumni from day one -- and keep in touch with them throughout the course of their education.

If this is your goal, then you should go for it. Just go in with an open mind and know that you have to invest a lot of energy developing your own career opportunities.

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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 05:29
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Prospects in an emerging industry are mostly about the effort that you make in business school to position yourself. Since very few clean tech companies recruit at top MBA programs, most of the effort to find a job will be up to you. I had a few friends in business school who wanted to pursue non-traditional careers or live in areas where recruitment was not active (on-campus) so they became active in industry/professional clubs, starting to make contacts as a graduate student in companies they were interested in (people like to speak to students), and even did two consulting studies for companies in their target industry. By such efforts, all were able to secure jobs by the time they graduated. One thing they also did was to target alumni from day one -- and keep in touch with them throughout the course of their education.

If this is your goal, then you should go for it. Just go in with an open mind and know that you have to invest a lot of energy developing your own career opportunities.


Hi Kim,

Thank you for the advice. What kind of consulting projects did your friends do? Was it like a summer internship or more like the consulting projects done at IMD? Also, do you think there is any way to contact alumni of a school before you join to find out more about the prospective networking opportunities in the energy industry at my school of choice? or some other way I can contact professionals already in the industry to find out which school will give me the best opportunities?

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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2013, 02:58
Hey Chris,
I am so happy that you are also looking for Cleantech. Welcome to the club buddy 8-)
The best way to get in touch with Alumns is through admissions office and the respective clubs( ex: Energy club, Cleantech club).
Drop them an email and wait patiently :| for them to reply. The best schools will reply with contacts. Then you can ask for a skype meeting.
Also search for websites and you will get a lot of them.

Hey man, when are you applying? I am applying for 2014 start class. Mostly US schools. I am looking for Consulting in Cleantech, mainly Green Energy.
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 03 May 2013, 21:02
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Hey Chris,
I am so happy that you are also looking for Cleantech. Welcome to the club buddy 8-)
The best way to get in touch with Alumns is through admissions office and the respective clubs( ex: Energy club, Cleantech club).
Drop them an email and wait patiently :| for them to reply. The best schools will reply with contacts. Then you can ask for a skype meeting.
Also search for websites and you will get a lot of them.

Hey man, when are you applying? I am applying for 2014 start class. Mostly US schools. I am looking for Consulting in Cleantech, mainly Green Energy.


Hey Halemani,

Thanks for your message and your advice. I was applying for last/this year (to start fall 2013) and also mostly sought US schools, and am keeping my options open for various cleantech opportunities, including consulting. In the end, though I got offers from a few US schools I decided on a European school - IESE School of Business in Barcelona.
My application process did yeild some useful info on US schools though. Aside from the obvious clean-tech champions like Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford, there are other programs that have growing importance like Rice, Georgetown and George Washington. The first in energy finance, the second two in clean-tech consulting and policy (they also both offered me scholarships if financial obligations is a consideration of yours).
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 03 May 2013, 22:51
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Hey Halemani,

Thanks for your message and your advice. I was applying for last/this year (to start fall 2013) and also mostly sought US schools, and am keeping my options open for various cleantech opportunities, including consulting. In the end, though I got offers from a few US schools I decided on a European school - IESE School of Business in Barcelona.
My application process did yeild some useful info on US schools though. Aside from the obvious clean-tech champions like Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford, there are other programs that have growing importance like Rice, Georgetown and George Washington. The first in energy finance, the second two in clean-tech consulting and policy (they also both offered me scholarships if financial obligations is a consideration of yours).


Hey Chris,
Congratulations! Good that you got into IESE. Yes I need financing for my MBA. Converting rupees to dollars takes a hit on my shallow pocket :) I did not know that George W school has cleantech!
Anyway, I will keep in touch with you for some help. Hope I can trouble you with my troubles :)
So, why did you choose IESE and not Georgetown?!!
Also, what do you say about Boston School of Mgmt's Cleantech minor course?
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 03:31
I'm employed in Energy sector and am also looking for programs specializing in Energy/ Cleantech.

You may add Haas to the list for clean tech. It is a solid program with good recruitment in clean energy. Texas Austin is another one to look out for Energy.
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 17:57
Hey kunzi,
Thanks for Hass. But people here in forum are saying McCombs is not that great in Cleantech even though it has a CT elective! I have not verified it though.
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 20:43
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Hey kunzi,
Thanks for Hass. But people here in forum are saying McCombs is not that great in Cleantech even though it has a CT elective! I have not verified it though.


That's true indeed and that's what I've mentioned: Haas for CT and UT for Energy. But we are talking relative here. UT has got some great options for CT too, but they are fewer as compared to Haas.

Halemani dude, i deserve kudos here i guess. Thanks doesn't work in GMAT Club :wink:
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Re: Post MBA options in energy [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 21:34
Agreeeed...;)
Also, check out my Forum page on CT: renewables-cleantech-green-energy-151609.html
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