Despite the volatile business context, 97 percent of IESE graduates secured jobs within three months of graduation this year. The school's continued placement success is due largely to the school's long-running MBA Career Forum, which takes place Oct. 24-26 this year. The event will bring together around 500 MBA students and recruiters from 50 leading firms to explore employment opportunities around the world.
Throughout the 3-day forum, roughly 1,200 interviews and company presentations will take place. About 70 percent of IESE's students find jobs through the MBA Career Forum, which this year will include an even greater diversity of industries. This marks a shift from the recent past, when there has been heavier participation from banking and consultancy. Recruiters will represent pharmaceutical companies such as Abbott, Novartis and Syngenta; technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Vodafone, Samsung Electronics and Medtronic) and manufacturing (Celsa Group, BASF and Siemens).
From consulting, firms such as McKinsey & Company, Ernst & Young, Booz & Company, Delta Partners, A.T.Kearney, The Boston Consulting Group, Value Partners, Arthur D. Little, Bain & Company, KPMG, Everis and Accenture will be on campus recruiting IESE students. And from finance, the event will welcome recruiters from Citi, Banco Sabadell, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, Banco Santander, J.P. Morgan, BBVA Group, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch among others.
The MBA Career Forum also offers the chance for IESE students - who have highly international backgrounds and career goals - to secure summer internships that frequently lead to permanent positions following graduation.