Jenny Tolan isn't taking the conventional route with her new master's in business administration degree.
The 31-year-old Columbia Business School graduate isn't going to work on Wall Street or at a consulting firm. In fact, Tolan didn't even apply.
She sought a role in the technology sector and nailed down a position at one of the world's most well-known companies in Silicon Valley. She starts later this summer.
Tolan, who holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University in addition to her MBA, didn't have a background in technology. She was heavily involved in the social services sector for seven years, working for organizations such as Teach for America and the Peace Corps.
"Everything I care about seems to be moving fastest in tech. So, I started applying to tech companies. Then I got a summer internship and got the job," Tolan said. "I am thrilled with it. I feel like I will be able to get a huge amount of interesting business and corporate experience, but with a lifestyle that far exceeds life on Wall Street."