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MBA career promises: Behind the fancy job stats (school-reported salary averages are not guarantees)
Fortune ^ | 09/13/2011 | Anne VanderMey

Posted on 09/14/2011 6:34:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Professional schools have had better years. Facing a brutal job market, underemployed graduates have begun to speak up, some even suing their former institutions, claiming they were duped into acquiring massive debt loads based on the promise of a secure, six-figure-salary job.

That promise is particularly critical at business schools, where graduates expect a quick financial payoff as well as an education. At these programs, the standards for reporting employment statistics, in true B-school fashion, are rigorous and involve accountants (a system some law schools are considering). But even those career statistics can have their flaws. Prospective students take heed: The six-figure school-reported numbers are not a guarantee of a sweet paycheck come graduation day.

The current system has its roots in 1994, when the MBA Career Services Council (CSC), the professional association for MBA career services professionals and recruiters, started developing a set of reporting standards to allow for uniform career reporting across the top schools.

"We all sat around in a room and we hashed it out," says Jackie Wilbur, career services director at MIT's Sloan School of Business who was co-chair of the MBA Career Services Council's standards committee at the time. Those standards were officially adopted by the CSC in 1999. In 2006, it established a set of agreed upon procedures to allow for auditing. The result was uniform set of extensive, enforceable rules.

In many ways, B-schools have led the charge in employment reporting standards, Wilbur says. She expects other types of programs will likely follow suit and double down on reporting standards.

"Given the rising cost of education, every piece of the equation of educational offering is going to have to go more and more this way," Wilbur says -- including undergrad programs. "Parents are going to demand better information about return on investment."

(Excerpt) Read more at management.fortune.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: mba; salary

1 posted on 09/14/2011 6:34:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I started my MBA last year and dropped it after a couple classes. I would rather spend that $$$ on starting a business.

Besides, my PMP is worth far more to employers than an MBA.


2 posted on 09/14/2011 6:39:29 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Parents are going to demand better information about return on investment.”

Let’s hope that starts to happen....


3 posted on 09/14/2011 6:44:00 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: TSgt

I hire my MBAs if I want one. :)


4 posted on 09/14/2011 6:44:20 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ConservativeDude

RE: Let’s hope that starts to happen....

Yes, Not only for MBA programs, but for ALL college degrees.


5 posted on 09/14/2011 6:50:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: driftdiver

Do you see value in one getting their MBA?

At what cost?


6 posted on 09/14/2011 7:00:54 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: TSgt

I went back to school at 40 to earn an mba. I hope it proves valuable.


7 posted on 09/14/2011 7:10:10 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: SeekAndFind

precisely correct


8 posted on 09/14/2011 7:55:15 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SeekAndFind

MBA is the new “must have” credential even for some unrated jobs. Market is flooded with them, and flooded eith schools giving them.

Save money. Open source MBA: personalMBA.com . No credential but bet you learn more.


9 posted on 09/14/2011 8:08:04 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In my party of the country, a petroleum engineer with an MBA is worth his weight in gold.


10 posted on 09/14/2011 9:00:19 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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