Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.
This profile on Better Weekdays, a Graduate of the Chicago Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2011 by Chris Motley, Better Weekdays helps top-tier MBA graduates pinpoint goals and pursue career growth.
We’ve all heard and seen the same scenario repeated throughout history: an ambitious top-tier MBA student graduates with full honors, or even at the top of his class, armed with two years’ worth of business theory and knowledge and a handful of contacts, only to find himself at the bottom rung of the corporate ladder in a job that offers little to zero individual fulfillment.
A graduate degree, no matter how coveted, expensive, or prestigious, does not necessarily guarantee career satisfaction. In fact, statistics show that over 60 percent of MBA graduates leave their first jobs within the first three years as a result of career dissatisfaction.
Better Weekdays, a startup based in Chicago, IL, was formed to address this disparity by helping postgraduates pinpoint goals and pursue career growth.
Through the Better Weekdays platform, users can connect with alumni networks through the LinkedIn integration feature and take an extensive assessment that captures personal values, interests, personality, skills, and development style. Better Weekdays then combines users’ alumni network connections with their individual assessment results to suggest relevant career and networking opportunities to support professional growth.
Founded in 2011 by Chris Motley, who has years of management-level business experience and an MBA from Northwestern under his belt, Better Weekdays was built from Motley’s own belief that career growth is achieved through establishing connections with the right people.
“Always being around the most relevant people escalated my career,” Motley recalls. “That is the core of what Better Weekdays is about.”
Currently, the contingency placement and online recruiting space generates about $8.5 billion annually in revenues. Better Weekdays plans to charge companies a 10 percent placement fee for each hire brought on through its service. Businesses with exclusive MBA hire programs already in place can opt to pay a subscription fee, which is adjusted accordingly with the company’s needs.
As the job recruiting process continues to migrate to the online realm, Better Weekdays is poised to lead the trend with its unique, personalized product offering.
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