Jane is an international MBA student at a top 5 ranked graduate business program. She worked in investment banking at the VP level, and holds a CFA certification. Jane felt the MBA would position her to advance her career in finance on the international stage. She got married the same year she applied to MBA programs in the United States. Knowing she wanted to start a family and continue her banking career, Jane rejected the idea that an MBA and motherhood could not happen simultaneously. Although some trusted confidantes advised her to hold off on having a baby until after school or in year 2 of her MBA, Jane realized that it made sense to start her family during her 1st year of business school. Jane acknowledges that her choice is not the recommended path but she cites wanting to be finished with initial care of her baby before she completed her MBA as a decisive factor.
She was 5 months pregnant when she started business school and moved to the United States with her husband.
Since Jane was a senior level banker prior to business school, traditional Associate-level recruiting options did not take up a lot of her time. She opted out of a summer internship, choosing instead to spend time with her young child and focus on strategizing for her next career move post-MBA.
When discussing why she decided to share her story anonymously, Jane told us this:
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