The Education section of the New York Times this morning had an article about the emergence of social entrepreneurship in the MBA community; I certainly recommend reading it if this is a topic of interest to you.
In the article, author Nazanin Lankarani discusses the results of a recent survey (pdf) of applicants as to why they are pursuing an MBA. The results were astonishing – almost 30% of the respondents cited “starting own business” as a prime aspiration, a statistic that is up approximately 25% from the last survey in 2006. The author also points out another interesting statistic – the prime aspiration “improving career prospects” has dropped significantly from the last survey (66.2 percent in 2009, 73 percent in 2006). This made me think about two things on my Wednesday morning coffee break. First, what are the prime aspirations for current UST MBA students? And second, what are my applicant’s prime aspirations for obtaining an MBA?