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ERIC Number: ED555866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Alumni Perspectives Survey. 2015 Survey Report
Schoenfeld, Gregg
Graduate Management Admission Council
Graduate business school students worldwide typically are motivated to pursue management education to achieve three objectives: to advance their careers, to increase their earning potential, and to develop their business knowledge, skills, and abilities. Once they graduate, these business school alumni discover many paths to fulfilling careers, but no matter the path, their careers tend to follow a consistent upward trajectory. They say personal effort, hard work, a graduate management education, and professional connections and networks contribute most to their success. Career success also is influenced by entrepreneurial behavior in the workplace, namely the level of innovativeness, proactivity, and risk-taking behavior that alumni bring to their jobs. The findings in the "2015 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report" offer a current snapshot of more than 12,000 business school alumni from the classes of 1959 through 2014 in their journeys from business school to careers. These alumni represent more than 230 graduate business programs at 71 universities in 16 locations that partnered with GMAC in this study. The data analyzed in this report highlight employment statistics and offer alumni feedback about their career progression and the value of their graduate management education. The Alumni Perspectives Survey, conducted in October and November 2014 by the Graduate Management Admission Council, provides business school professionals with data that can inform strategies for retaining and developing deeper levels of engagement with alumni and for conducting targeted outreach to prospective students. Survey topics featured in this report include: (1) Career status and progression, from entry and mid-level professionals to the c-suite, including the self-employed entrepreneur; (2) A global look at alumni compensation by work location and analysis of salaries in relation to gross domestic product and purchasing-power-parity per capita (GDP PPP); (3) The attributes of career success and a first look at the entrepreneurial orientation of alumni as defined by their innovative, proactive, and risk-taking behavior in the workplace; (4) Alumni employment data, including current job status, industry, job function, job level, work location, and organizational scope and size; and (5) The value of a graduate management education and measures of alumni engagement. [Additional contributions to the publication of this report were provided by: Rebecca Estrada Worthington, Paula Bruggeman, Michelle Sparkman Renz, Devina Caruthers, Tacoma Williams, Matthew Hazenbush, and Robert Alig.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)