Move Ahead Without Losing Momentum

Students StudyingCareer opportunities abound for those Wake Forest MBA students and graduates looking to make a move. Whether you are still earning your MBA or joining the ranks of our alumni, the Center for Market Readiness & Employment is here to ensure that you make the most of your education and accelerate your career momentum.

As a student, you will receive one-on-one career coaching and mentorship through our MR&E Center with benefits that continue long after graduation. The MR&E team offers:

  • Guidance through our extensive alumni network
  • Assessment of your career options & refinement of career goals
  • Connection with corporate contacts
  • Assistance in developing practical and soft skills to accelerate lifelong career advancement

Executive in Residence Program

Students in ClassThe Executive In Residence program provides students unique access to experts in specific fields, offering opportunities to network with leaders across a range of industries. The program provides a deeper understanding of business practices and leadership development to enhance career growth.

Executive in Residence Participants:

  • Jim Johnston, former Chairman and CEO of R.J. Reynolds
  • T.J. Eberle, former CEO of NouvEON/hiSoft, Wake Forest MBA ‘98
  • Jean Davis, former Sr. Executive VP Operations Technology & eCommerce, Wachovia
  • Jim Donald, former CEO, Starbucks and current CEO, Extended Stay Hotels

Career Advancement Opportunities

Earning your MBA can elevate your career and prepare you for leadership and senior management roles in organizations that rely on purpose-driven leadership backed by strategic, data-driven decision-making. Per the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the median starting salary for MBA graduates working at U.S. companies reached an all-time high in 2019.3

Graduate Outcomes

According to a global survey by the GMAC:

  • 2 out of 3 MBA graduates say they earned more promotions than their peers without an MBA.4
  • 87% of graduate business school alumni gained skills that advanced their career.5

A Good Time to Be in Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for management occupations is the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.6

Employment of management occupations is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through most of this decade, which will result in about 706,900 new jobs.

Where Our Students Work

The results speak for themselves. Our students consistently make significant career strides during the two years of their MBA program and beyond. They routinely advance in their organizations and land jobs in Financial Services, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Consulting, Health Care and Technology at top companies such as Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Duke Energy, Grant Thornton, Cardinal Health, and Hanes Industries, just to name a few.

Professional Industries & Class Distribution

Professional Functions and Class Distribution

Organizations represented among our students in recent years include: