Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 21, 2011
People often decide to pursue full-time MBA programs to change careers. But many of them are actually already burned out before they get to business school. Recently, Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum member yellosno began a discussion about post-MBA career opportunities for those who have a family and don’t want to spend every moment of their lives at work.
This forum member happens to have a background in accounting and is looking for finance-related jobs that will give him at least enough time to socialize once a week and occasionally have dinners at home with his wife. Others chimed in with similar desires. And there was even some interesting advice about MBA career paths that could make yellosno’s wishes come true.
MBAs have long been considered workaholics looking for the biggest payday. But these days, especially with the influx of Millennials into b-school, things are changing. Business school administrators have long said that more of today’s MBAs want to find jobs that pay well but are also meaningful or give them the chance to make a difference. Since they realize all work and no play can make for a dull life and a bad marriage, many of them are seeking flexible schedules or at least better work-life balance.
Any suggestions for yellosno about post-MBA careers with better work-life balance? Share your thoughts at the “MBA career path w/ decent balance?” discussion thread.
—by Francesca Di Meglio
Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place in the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.