The Midwest is the best — at least when it comes to cracking the job market in consumer packaged goods. Eight of the top nine business schools for sending newly graduated MBAs into the CPG industry in 2016 are based in the region, from public stalwarts like the University of Minnesota to the private halls of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Leading them all: Wisconsin School of Business, which sent 27% of its Class of 2016 to the likes of General Mills and PepsiCo.
Midwestern business schools’ emphasis on consumer packaged goods as a viable MBA career path is not exactly a surprise when you think of all the CPG firms based in the Midwest. Major employers of MBAs abound. Procter & Gamble’s home is Cincinnati, Ohio. Ecolab is in St. Paul, Minnesota. Target is minutes away in Minneapolis. Kraft Heinz has a major presence in Chicago, and Kraft Foods is based in Northfield, Illinois. And so on.
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