‘Very much a buyer’s market’

Nathan Lang: Kellogg School of Management. After graduation I rejoined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the London office. Despite returning to my previous employer I am working in a different area, in part inspired by my time at Kellogg.

I had been a general consultant at BCG, switching between industries and functions. Part of the reason for doing an MBA was to acquire a deeper understanding of finance.

I am now part of the corporate development practice area core team and a member of BCG’s London corporate finance taskforce. Since returning last year most of my work has been serving private equity clients and their portfolio companies. I have worked on several successful transactions as well as strategy cases for the assets they own and I am using the knowledge I accumulated in my classes at business school.

Probably more valuable, however, has been the perspective and confidence that Kellogg has given me to take control of my career within BCG and choose a path I am passionate about. This, and the strong network I developed at the school and continue to stay in contact with, made my MBA worthwhile.

Beth Bremner: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: MBA friends have scattered across the world to pursue their careers – some with their former companies (reluctantly or otherwise), some with exciting start-up ventures, and others, like me, with any- one who would offer us a job.

Having an MBA has not escalated me to new heights. My job is more junior than the one I had before in finance (in fact, it is the most junior I have had at a company).

Time will tell if the MBA was worth it from a career perspective, but for now, I am happy to learn about the insurance industry and to be trained as a project manager, while learning to be a good mother to my two-week-old baby who has nullified most of my post-MBA career ambitions.

Michael Cooper: Strathclyde Business School. It has been almost a year since graduation.As the search for a job began in earnest, it became apparent it was very much a buyer’s market. Many people embark on an MBA with the objective of making the “triple jump” – changing location, sectors and job function. With a few exceptions, not many of my class have been able to do this in the current job climate.

After an extended job search with support from Strathclyde, I was delighted to be offered a job as a consulting manager within the life sciences practice of Cognizant earlier this year. And, after a few months in my role, I can now reflect on two questions prospective MBAs ask themselves: was the MBA worth the investment and has it made a difference? The short answer is “yes”.

My time at Strathclyde and its focus on strategy mean that instead of immediately addressing the challenges posed by clients, I now take the time to understand whether the challenge is correctly framed in the first place.

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