Have you ever wondered whether there is a correlation between age and Return on Investment (ROI) of MBA programmes? According to the FT, if your main motivation to pursue an MBA is money, then the earlier you enroll in a programme, the better.
Financial Times data from the 2015 Global MBA rankings suggests that
The rankings are based on a survey of the MBA class of 2011 and analyses their career progress and salaries.
Pay increase of younger graduates in the three years after graduation outperforms that of their older counterparts in both percentage terms and absolute terms.
The data indicated that participants aged 24 or under had a salary increase by nearly 145% on their pre-MBA salary. In contrast, The participants over 31 years had a pay increase of 70%.
In general, the aforementioned pattern occurs in all industry sectors and countries.
On average three out of four respondents to the FT survey were aged between 25 and 30 when they started their MBA, while 21 per cent were 31 or above and the remaining 4 per cent were 24 or younger. The older the participants were, the more likely they were to enrol in one-year European MBA programmes as opposed to two-year US-type MBA programmes. On average, 75 per cent of those aged 26 or under attended two-year programmes in comparison to only 43 per cent of those aged 31 or above.
Regardless of the age, 95% of MBA grads report that they had achieved their goal– get a bigger paycheck or be a better manager.