Highlights from Higher Ed: Science Spies and the Traveling MBA Student

RJ Nichol
Apr 29, 2019

Arts and social services jobs more popular among recent grads

The online jobs site Indeed recently reported that college graduates are less drawn to business and financial jobs than they were just four years ago. Now recent grads are finding jobs in the fields of arts, media and social services more attractive, as well as those in the fields of education, law and health care support. Overall, the National Association of College and Employers reported that graduates are receiving fewer job offers now than they have in the past. Employers eager to fill roles in finance and business may need to enhance recruiting initiatives and take a fresh look at their corporate culture in order to attract high-caliber candidates. For their part, college programs may need to integrate more job training into curricula and find new ways of aligning their academic offerings with employers’ hiring priorities.

Source: Education Dive

MBA students spend a lot traveling for pleasure

In 2018, MBA students spent just over $20,000 on travel during their two years of school. And that number doesn’t include business-related travel. The most popular times for these students to travel are before their program starts, during school breaks, and the summers between semesters and after graduation. There are also quite a few long weekend trips. These group trips can be for as many as 250 students and can cost up to $4,000 per person. Quite a few of the trips are “hosted” by international students who take their classmates back to their home countries. Popular locations include Japan, Columbia, Israel, Morocco and Puerto Rico. Companies like WeTravel – an online travel platform specifically for MBA students – and those founded by schools of business like Modo Travel, Bschool Travel and GoVive also help MBA students plan their group trips.

Source: Poets & Quants

Spies in science

Declining international student enrollment is still a concern for admissions officials in the United States, and ongoing government concerns about academic espionage and national security indicate the trend may continue. From the White House to Congress to various government agencies, there has been a growing concern during the past 18 months about the open academic environment in this country and the potential for it to be exploited by other countries, particularly China. In 2017, for example, the White House began discussing restrictions on visas for international students who were pursuing STEM degrees. In 2018, lawmakers unsuccessfully proposed barring Department of Defense funding for researchers who participate in recruiting foreign talent. Since 1985, U.S. government policy has asserted that research should be unrestricted “to the maximum extent possible.”

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Instagram introductions

For today’s high school graduates, Instagram is the way to meet people – before even arriving for freshman orientation. Class-specific Instagram accounts — with names like @penn2023 and @AUclassof2023 — are the forums where incoming freshmen are meeting their roommates, asking questions, making friends and learning about their new schools. By contrast, most of today’s high schoolers and incoming freshmen don’t use Facebook. For admissions counselors, becoming Instagram savvy is a great way to interact with students before they arrive on campus in the fall.

Source: The Atlantic

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