Through my work with environmentally-focused graduate students at the The Stuart School of Business at IIT, I’ve noticed the emergence of a different kind of MBA candidate. Today’s students share a mindset that values creative thinking, purposeful living and championing causes using a professional approach.
Jane recently completed her law degree and passed the bar in July, but is more enamored with the degree she is pursuing in Environmental Management and Sustainability. She plans to start a consulting company that supports the greening of buildings or start a renewable energy company that converts waste to alternative heat sources.
Doug has been an equity trader for almost 20 years, and now he wants to use his agricultural agronomics background and his new studies of sustainable enterprise into shaping and forming environmental policy.
Are these students unique individuals or have the values of sustainability taken root beneath the cultural soil?
I’d love to hear from you. For those of you who are responsible for hiring new talent for your EHS and sustainability programs, what are some of the characteristics of today’s young professionals? Are values playing a bigger role in who enters the field today?