<p>"I've seen a lot of questions on CC this year about the usefulness of an ILR education to those who are interested in business."
ILR does have stellar placement for those looking for the typical banking or consulting jobs - if memory serves me correctly, 26-27% of ILR grads who go into the work force enter either the financial industry or consulting. If you want to count HR consulting, tack on another 9%. </p>
<p>"Also, those posters wonder whether ILR grads can get into anything other than human resources management."
Explore this site for a bit: <a href="http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/admissions/careers/%5B/url%5D">http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/admissions/careers/</a>
You'll see a tremendous array of fields that graduates go into. I'm not really sure why people on here tend to mock HR jobs, it's not like graduates are going to be manning a call center taking employee complaints or anything. One of the big names in business media named HR management as a top-3 job to have, ibanking didn't even make the list. In HR, you can work 40-50 hours a week and still pull in $60-75,000 right out of ILR undergrad (as opposed to 90-110 hours a week for a $90,000 salary in ibanking). </p>
<p>Every high schooler on these boards makes a critical mistake - they think you must study X at Cornell in order to get into profession Y. My experience says otherwise. I did the career search and I was offered the same types of jobs that AEM, Econ, and whatever other major you want to throw in there was offered. Nobody is going to be at a disadvantage by studying ILR vs. something like econ in CAS - it's not how companies recruit. They care more about the Cornell part. </p>
<p>"Also, is there a way to make yourself more attractive to business schools as an ILR grad?"
I don't think business schools are really going to care that you're an ILR grad. They care about what company you worked for and how well you excelled. It's not like applying for a PhD or a master's degree in econ.</p>