Ivy Leaguers planning short stints at banks, consulting firms

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Many of the best and brightest are still headed to Wall Street and taking jobs in consulting. They just don’t plan on staying there very long.

On the surface, Harvard’s annual senior survey doesn’t say anything all that illuminating when it comes to the career paths of Ivy Leaguers. Roughly 16% of graduates have accepted jobs in finance, up from 15% last year. Another 15% have taken jobs at consulting firms, down from 16% last year. Nothing earthshattering. Then you glance down at the “where you hope to be in 10 years” chart.

Just 5.7% of graduating seniors plan to be working in finance in 2024, meaning two-thirds of young bankers won’t even put a decade of work in before ditching the industry for something else.

Even more eye-opening, 0.68% of graduates hope to be working in consulting in 10 years. To put that in simpler terms, just one out of every 22 new consultants plans to remain in the industry for at least a decade.  No other category comes even close to the disparity seen in finance and consulting. Nearly two-thirds of Harvard grads who took a job in technology plan to stay for the long haul, for example.

To be fair though, investment bankers and consultants have often used their first career stop as a stepping-stone to something else. But you would figure more than just a handful would look to make a career out of it. Banking and consulting recruiters be warned: life is going to get awful busy in the coming years. You’ll have plenty of holes to fill.

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