The bottom line is that Ross isn’t compatible with my top two post-MBA career choices, which I narrowed down to entrepreneurship and finance.
For entrepreneurship, I’ve had candid discussions with current students focusing on entrepreneurship and the consensus was location, location, location – San Fran, Boston, or New York. San Fran is great for both pure tech-related startups as well as startups that require you to physically create something, say, Iron Man, since I just saw the movie. Boston is leading medical startups as well as strong physical creations and tech. New York is definitely up and coming but seems to be purely focused on technology startups, for now.
For finance, I spoke with investment banking recruiters from five of the top banks and they have all told me that they have decreased recruiting efforts at Ross simply due to the fact that Michigan is a little far to get to and they have to concentrate their budgets elsewhere.
Don’t get me wrong – Ross is a fantastic school and I’m sure I’ll get some death threats after this post, but I did notice that companies like Amazon, the consulting firms, and other customer product firms were huge recruiters at Ross. I just think that in this economy, banks have to pull back recruiting efforts and there are just a ton of great schools in the Northeast or West Coast to choose from without extensive travelling by recruiting teams. For entrepreneurship, the talent that you want to hire is probably going to be located in a big city like San Fran, Boston, or New York. I’m sure you can do something great at Ann Arbor too, but statistically, it is just better to be in a big city.