About 85 percent of last year’s MBA graduating class accepted full-time employment within 90 days of graduation, an increase over the 83 percent level reported for the previous year. The average starting salary for those graduates was $78,856, above the previous year’s average of $75,163.
Although starting salaries haven’t recovered to pre-recession levels, the figures still demonstrate “steady improvement from the lows experienced in 2009 when the recession was setting in,” said Gil C. Yancey, executive director of GWSB’s F. David Fowler Career Center. The average salary is also 48 percent higher than the average earned by the students before they had MBAs, he said.
Toni Della-Ratta, the center’s associate director for graduate career management services, said that the School’s MBAs were “very competitive” in a lackluster job market. The nationwide unemployment rate is about 8.6 percent.
The center runs programs such as mock interview sessions to help students sharpen their skills as they look for jobs.
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