Where the hot jobs are for graduates

Finance, consulting and consumer products remain the three most popular industries for business school graduates, with six-figure starting salaries typical for prime candidates. . . . Also reshaping the landscape is an economy-wide demand for graduates versed in big data and able to communicate their significance to senior management. “Big data is sexy,” said Rob Hines, executive director of the Career Development Centre at York University’s Schulich School of Business, in The Globe and Mail March 12. “It is so in demand that this year’s graduates [from Schulich’s master of science in business analytics] were placed before they finished first year [of the two-year program].” Read full story.

Musical careers launched in the key of B-school
For the Toronto-based, Latinesque singer Amanda Martinez, getting her international MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business was part of a circuitous, lifelong path that led her to music full-time, reported The Globe and Mail March 13. Read full story.

From solitary to solidarity
Nineteen-year-old Ashley Smith, an inmate at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont., died from ligatures she tied around throat while guards watched. A recent coroner’s inquest came back with a rare verdict of homicide that was seen as an indictment of Canada’s federal penitentiary system. But while it seemed it would be a transformative case for the system, not a lot has been done since. . . . “There are a lot of questions in our culture about truth, and it’s a lot more sticky sometimes than we’re led to believe,” said playwright and York University PhD student Melanie Bennett in the Waterloo Chronicle March 12. “We ask a lot of questions and look at our own biases, and question other people’s biases while pointing out contradictions in the story.” Read full story.

What MBA grads can expect in their first paycheques
Entry-level salaries for MBA graduates vary widely by industry and even within sectors, reported The Globe and Mail March 12. Here are some examples ssing data collected from Rotman School of Management (Class of 2012), Ivey Business School (2013), Schulich School of Business (2013) and Sauder School of Business (2013). Read full story.