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Help with Academic disciplines [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2005, 15:31
Hello

I am an aspiring applicant and planning on applying for b-school for either Fall 2006 or 2007. While I am preparing for my Gmat, I wanted to work on a group of schools that may interest me.

I was going through the Wall Street Journal;s guide to top B-schools and came across a portion of rankings in different adacemic disciplines. What I need some help with is what kind of career path would these academic disciplines lead to. Some of them are quite obvious while I wasn't sure of a few. I will list all below and make the ones I need some help in bold.

Accounting - accounting based jobs
General Management
Entrepreneurship - If you want to start your own
E-Commerce-dot com business management
Finance - investment banking, etc
Information Technology - IT related management
International Business
Operations Management
Marketing-marketing products and services
Quantitative Analysis
Strategy

Again, thanks in advance for your input.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2005, 17:21
Keep in mind that although you can pursue courses in one of those areas, your career path might be very different. With that in mind, I've just mentioned the "classic" areas that an MBA grad might go into.

General Management -- GE's rotational program -- general manager's cover a little bit of marketing, a little bit finance, etc. The eventual goal is to get profit and loss responiblity. In my mind, the ultimate general management position is that of brand manager -- but those who pursuse that route tend to have marketing backgrounds. Most of the top ten schools are general management schools in that you are not required to major in one field.

International Business -- same as general management just on an international scale -- typically joined with another business focus like marketing or finance

Operations Management -- process flows and statistical analysis -- you're most likely going to go work for a manufacturer and focus on production.

Quantitative Analysis -- specialized finance. Could go to anything from insurance companies and analyzing risk to hedge funds.

Strategy -- Consulting... that's about it.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2005, 18:18
Thanks a lot for your input. I also see a lot of MBA graduates going into the Management Consulting career. Could you please tell me more about what responsibilities that career would have?
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2005, 17:36
Wow big question. This link can answer it much better than I: http://www.mckinsey.com/aboutus/careers ... /index.asp
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