Education is undergoing a technological face lift as schools focus on personalized, tailored curricula and online and hybrid teaching, according to Jiang. "There's a promise of technology finally being able to create a big difference in education," he says.
But whereas Kazakoff of Testive says education is a low-paying field, Jiang says there can be "serious money" in creating and marketing educational tools. "If you work at a startup in education technology, you'll get paid probably as much as you do at another startup working in a completely other field," he says. "You're going to make much less than you'd make if you went to Wall Street, but that's a trade that a lot of people are willing to make."
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Ryal Tayloe, an M.B.A. student at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and president of the Education Club, prefers to look at an education sector job as a win-win situation, where he will be able to make a difference and earn a competitive salary.
"Business school is such an introspective process, where you are trying to figure out where to go, how to craft your career, [and] how to set out a path. A path toward education is really appealing to me, because I may be able to make a living and also make a difference," he says.
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