Consulting, energy and technology industries in particular have seen growth with big companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, HSBC and Bloomberg looking for fresh MBA talent.
This February saw London host the AMBA Careers Fair, the largest MBA recruitment event in Europe with over 600 MBA students from 90 different nationalities attending. Business school graduates were given the opportunity to meet with 16 multinational organisations looking to recruit MBAs for positions within their consulting, marketing, sales, technology, executive, research and finance business divisions.
Doug Gray Managing Director of TalentHawk, an international IT and Professional resourcing consultancy, believes that the global employment landscape for MBAs has never looked better.
“There has been a significant growth in MBA demand in all sectors; consulting, energy and technology in particular. Employers are driven to employ more MBAs as they typically demonstrate a higher level of business acumen,” he said.
Representatives from some of the world’s biggest companies agree with the strong employment outlook for graduates with Global Staffing Consultant for Microsoft Ioana Tanase believing “MBA hires are definitely worth the investment. The bring a lot of value, new skills and strategic thinking which drives our business to the next level,” she said.
It is the adaptable and global nature of an MBA degree and the willingness of graduates to work overseas, that are valued as some of the most critical competences for executives in today’s competitive and ever-changing market.
“We are seeing a more global approach in terms if where MBAs want to work. They are more than ever considering different locations, outside of the continent and original location,” said Ioana Tanase.
AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson agreed adding, “Employers clearly recognise the unique mix of intelligence, general management skills training and sheet dedication an MBA can bring to their organisations. MBAs do need to prepare meticulously before interviews with employers however, if they are to do themselves full justice and obtain the very best career roles, in such a highly competitive global marketplace.”