Jeremy Gutsche of Trend Hunter was recently featured in a piece for the Financial Post Magazine on the return MBA students get on their education. The article, titled 'The Big Payback,' largely discussed the valuable connections MBA students make both pre- and post-grad.
In the Financial Post Magazine piece, Gutsche says that classmate Greg Ponesse was one of Trend Hunter's first writers: "When I was trying to keep new content popping up on the site, Greg wrote a couple of hundred articles and was one of the top contributors. He was there to say, 'Not only am I interested in your goal and what you are doing, but I'll help you out in my spare time.' There is this tendency to look out for each other on a professional level. You have all these trusted businesspeople from different backgrounds, and just by having dinner with one of them every couple of weeks I got a different perspective."
In the excerpt below, Jeremy Gutsche also discusses the value of group projects in business school. You can read the full Financial Post Magazine piece at the link on the left.
1. MBA Connections - Creating and utilizing a network of diverse professionals with different backgrounds provides access to new perspectives and opportunities for collaboration.
2. Collaborative and Experiential Learning - Providing students with opportunities to work in teams on real-world projects fosters the development of creative problem-solving skills.
3. Career Development - Focusing on skill-building and practical experience can lead to increased job prospects and higher pay for MBA graduates.
1. Higher Education - Education institutions can create more dynamic and experiential learning opportunities to produce well-rounded graduates with a strong network of professional contacts.
2. Professional Development - Professional development organizations can emphasize the importance of networking, collaboration, and experiential learning to provide their members with new perspectives and opportunities for growth.
3. Recruiting - Companies can invest in recruiting MBA graduates with a focus on building dynamic teams that can work together to solve complex business problems.