MBA students not finding idealism in job market

April 22, 2008

A new report from the Aspen Institute Centre for Business Education finds a growing number of US business students are looking at companies which strive to make a difference, but finding recruiters aren't nearly as interested in social and environmental issues. 50% of students felt recruiters placed emphasis on a candidate's personal integrity, while just 7% thought their understanding of social and political issues mattered to recruiters. 83% of students said they expected to be asked on occasion to do something in business that went against their values, but only 45% said they would voice their objections. Women in MBA programs were more likely to care about having a positive impact than their male counterparts, and one-third of students indicated that a company's environmental record would influence where they would apply for jobs.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)