As Jobs Dry Up, MBAs Seek Alternative Paths

A growing number of people planning to work in the nonprofit sector are turning to B-schools, like Saïd, to improve professional skills

Claire Williams isn't your typical MBA student. The 27-year-old from Berkeley, Calif., holds a postgraduate degree in anthropology from Stanford University and will publish her first book next year on how Generation Y deals with career choices. On top of that, she has spent the past three years running her own nonprofit organization in Western Africa, all while commuting from her home base in Buenos Aires. "I didn't think I would fit into the business school environment," she laughs.

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