A newly released overview of the career outcomes of the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania's recent graduating class of MBAs reflects a slowly growing trend of increased entrepreneurship and interest in the retail and manufacturing fields, according to the university.
The report shows that out of the 785 students in Wharton's class of 2016 — which includes students who graduated between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 — who responded to the survey, 50 are self-employed or are starting their own business, compared to 36 in the class of 2015.
Taking into account there are 24 more students in the 2016 class than 2015, the boost in self-employed and entrepreneurial students equates to an increase of just 1.72 percent, but Michelle Hopping, the director of employer services in Wharton's MBA Career Management department, said it's part of a longer-term rise in entrepreneurship amongst Wharton's ranks.
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