Industry Preferences for the MBA Class of 2013

They may not have even wrapped up their first year yet, but most members of the MBA Class of 2013 have already selected an industry preference as part of their career profile process, says the comprehensive recruiting network that is MBA Focus.

So, what types of employment are tomorrow’s MBA’s interested in? While there are few surprises among the industries that make up the top ten, there is some movement when compared to this year’s graduating class as well as alumni.

  1. Financial
  2. Consulting
  3. Consumer Products
  4. Tech
  5. Energy/Utilities
  6. Healthcare
  7. Entertainment

Three industries round out the top 10 for the Class of 2013””with some notable differences from the classes that have gone before them. Advertising lands at #8 for these first-year students””but is 10th for MBA alumni, MBA Focus reports, noting that Media is the 9th most preferred industry for the class of 2013””but is 11th for this year’s graduating class, and 13th for alumni. And Nonprofits slide in at #10 for next year’s graduating class, but come in at #15 for both 2nd-years and alumni.

Also, Real Estate falls within the top 10 for the two more senior populations, but is 12th for the current first-year students, the survey reveals.

Many top-ranked MBA programs require students to select an industry preference, which helps channel employers to the best and brightest future leaders and streamlines career services such as resume coaching and mock interview practice, MBA Focus notes.

Are you wondering where such industries as telecom, environmental services or manufacturing fall in this list? For a complete breakdown for the class of 2013 MBA industry preferences, check out the original post on the MBA Focus blog.

(word cloud courtesy of MBA Focus)

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