Not too long ago I did an exercise in a small business class where students talked with each other about companies that had a negative image. A friend of mine mentioned that Goldman Sachs had a bad reputation and another classmate responded, "Really, you think so? I think they're one of the best banks on Wall Street."
The situation summed up the divide I see among business school students. One group is driven entirely by success and the other deeply believes that businesses have a social responsibility.
That divide pretty closely correlates with who is following the Occupy Wall Street protests, and who is ignoring or unaware of them. I have classmates in both camps, and they face different career paths. One group strives for banking and corporate careers, whereas the second pursues non-profits and start-ups. There is little room in between.
Coming from a small rural community and a working lower class family, for a long time I have dreamed of being successful without losing where I came from or regretting how I got there.
The problem is that there are very few options to accomplish both of these goals.