What are some popular career paths for an MBA graduate?


If you are thinking of becoming an MBA graduate, it may be worth knowing what career options will be available to you upon completion of the course. Here is a run-down of some of the most popular roles available to you.

Executive level positions
If your main incentive for interest in obtaining an MBA is to gain the necessary skills for executive level positions then titles such as chief executive officer, chief operations officer and chief financial officer will be appealing. These roles sit at the top of the employee hierarchy and although an MBA isn’t necessarily a core requirement to obtain the role, it is a qualification that is likely to stand you in good stead. When applying for well-paid, high-profile positions such as these you need to demonstrate a certain level of skills and academic achievement – and holding an MBA does that.

Management consultant
This is a top choice for those in possession of an MBA. As a management consultant, your job is to aid organizations to improve their performance via the analysis of their problems and come up with solutions for development. A company will employ outside consultants when they require someone who specialises in training and expertise; they also like to get an objective opinion.

Investment banker
Almost 50% of 2010 MBA graduates from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management ended up in financial services and over 25% of those graduates found employment in investment banking and trading. The umbrella term of investment banking can involve many different services, such as: financial advising, asset management and selling and trading securities.

Business analyst
The role of a business analyst varies and functions differently from workplace to workplace. In some cases, their primary job is to investigate the organisation and design layout of a business, non-profit organisation or government department. Elsewhere, a business analyst may be developing strategies for integrating information technology into existing business models. However, across the board, an analyst must be able to identify business needs and develop appropriate solutions to tackle them.

Human resources director
HR is the department of a business that oversees the organization’s work force. A human resources director would head up a firm’s HR department, a big task when you consider that some corporations have thousands of employees. Many MBA programmes offer extensive focus on the necessary skills needed for a career in HR.

Marketing manager
25% of MBA grads from UBC’s Sauder School of Business class of 2010 gained jobs in the marketing industry. This role constitutes identifying a consumer’s pattern of behaviour, finding what products or services might interest them, and then creating a sales strategy around a product. The aim is to bring in customers to a brand, and retain that custom. A marketing manager’s job is to oversee the research and planning and transform an idea into reality.


If you strive for a career like those listed here, take that step towards success by exploring the possibility of an MBA today.