The Myth of the Job-Hopping MBA

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Are MBAs inveterate job-hoppers? They certainly have that reputation—so much that Dean Robert Bruner of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business was moved to give the graduating class a finger-wagging commencement speech on May 18. In it he noted the oft-repeated claim that MBAs tend to stay with their first post-MBA employer about 18 months before moving on to greener (as in dollars) pastures.

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