2. Many students were already in financial services, but now want to pursue a specialty. (A student who might have worked in commercial banking may now be interested in private equity. Or one who worked as a financial broker wants to pursue investment management.)
3. Some students were involved in unrelated careers, but want finance to help polish or round out their backgrounds.
4. Some had strong backgrounds in math and engineering and are inevitably attracted to the quantitative challenges of finance--without regard to financial upheaval around them.
5. Some want invaluable experience in finance in the first stages of a career. They want finance as a foundation before moving into other careers 5-10 years later (in, for example, real estate, entrepreneurship, or technology).
6. Those already in finance might have decided that the best time to return to school is when opportunities are scarce and the market is down.
The 81 said they would likely pursue careers across a wide range of opportunities: investment banking, commercial banking, real estate, corporate finance, venture capital, private equity, sales & trading, private wealth management, and asset management.
The number also doesn't account for those who while in business school decide they want to pursue finance after starting with a different interest.