Quick, grab a savvy individual on the job hunt or who’s looking to get ahead, and ask them what’s the most important factor behind landing the right gig. You might get a few answers that include things like: qualifications, experience or education. Still, one answer is going to ring true above all the rest: networking.
In most employment fields, but particularly in the fast paced world of business, it’s all about who you know. So you owe it to yourself to make the best connections, and to find the right people who are going to help you get where you need to be. GraduatePrograms.com agrees, which is why they surveyed 10,000 former and current business school students to identify which schools have the strongest networks.
Schools were graded based on which locations had the strongest faculty, peer, and alumni networks for opportunities and connections that proved valuable throughout enrollment and after graduation. Institutions were ranked on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest score. Scores were averaged then ranked as follows. These are the top 25:
It’s true that you have to work hard to get ahead. But it definitely makes it easier to make a few good connections along the way.