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Top 10 function experiences and function preferences of candidates in our network

Through the partnerships MBA Focus maintains with leading graduate business schools and professional associations, we are able to capture data on more than 85,000 MBA students and alumni around the world. As candidates register and complete their career profiles, the listed demographics, experiences, preferences, and qualifications in our database give us the opportunity to explore the growing pool of diverse MBA talent that exists in our network. Along with the top 10 function experiences and top 10 function preferences of these candidates, here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary to give a high level overview of last year’s function related data:

While the industry data is dominated by Consulting, Finance and Technology, the function preference and experience data offers much more diversity. In general, the most popular function preferences of both student populations are Management, Consulting, and Marketing.

Consulting and Finance related functions do appear, but they are mixed among Marketing, Management, Business Development, and Strategic Planning, as well as Sales, which only appears in the student populations, and Entrepreneurship, which only appears in the alumni population. Consulting and Business Development rank 1st and 2nd, respectively, for both function experience and function preference in alumni’s top 10. Business Development, Strategic Planning, Project Management and Marketing – Brand/Project Management make up, in one combination or another, the top 3 function experience and function preferences for both student populations, showing a break away from the Consulting function, which still remains most popular for alumni.

Management appears the most in the function preference rankings for both student populations, represented 4 times in each of the top 10 lists below. And overall data shows Management as the number experience of the candidates in our network.

In a very general sense, it seems that especially for the student populations, their functional experiences have not caught up with the function preferences of their dream jobs.

Here are the top 10 function experiences and function preferences of the students in our network during the 2013-2014 academic year:

Graduating Students - Function Experiences:

  • 1. Project Management: 21.5%
  • 2. Business Development: 18.3%
  • 3. Strategic Planning: 14.8%
  • 4. Consulting, External: 13.3%
  • 5. Management, Other: 11.8%
  • 6. Consulting: 11.5%
  • 7. Finance, Other: 11.4%
  • 8. Analyst/Research: 11.1%
  • 9. Brand/Product Management: 10.6%
  • 10. Sales: 10.5%

Graduating Students - Function Preferences:

  • 1. Business Development: 32.1%
  • 2. Strategic Planning: 27.6%
  • 3. Brand / Product Management: 22.1%
  • 4. Consulting, External: 21.8%
  • 5. Management, Other: 21.1%
  • 6. General Manager: 20.2%
  • 7. Project Management: 18.9%
  • 8. Rotational / Development Program: 18.6%
  • 9. Consulting: 17.7%
  • 10. Corporate Finance: 17.6%

First-Year Students - Function Experiences:

  • 1. Project Management: 18.2%
  • 2. Business Development: 15.6%
  • 3. Strategic Planning: 13.8%
  • 4. Consulting: 13.2%
  • 5. Finance, Other: 11.6%
  • 6. Management, Other: 9.7%
  • 7. Analyst / Research: 9.6%
  • 8. Consulting, External: 9.1%
  • 9. Sales: 9.0%
  • 10. Brand / Product Management: 8.7%

First Year Students - Function Preferences:

  • 1. Business Development: 30.1%
  • 2. Strategic Planning: 29.0%
  • 3. Brand / Product Management: 26.8%
  • 4. Finance, Other: 23.5%
  • 5. Consulting: 23.2%
  • 6. Management, Other: 18.6%
  • 7. Rotational / Development Program: 18.6%
  • 8. Consulting, External: 18.3%
  • 9. General Manager: 17.7%
  • 10. Project Management: 16.5%

Interested in learning more about the candidates in our network, including the top ten function experiences and preferences of MBA alumni? Request access to our full 2014 Employer Demand Analysis Report!

 

 

Author

Lauren Kleban

Lauren joined MBA Focus in the summer of 2013, to help plan, produce, and implement both industry and product-related communications. Primarily responsible for copywriting, Lauren creates consistent and strategic messaging throughout marketing and sales material. By applying creative marketing concepts, she helps MBA Focus to build and maintain its brand, while promoting its exclusive network, recruitment technology, and career management tools. Lauren graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing.

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