Europe Regains Attractiveness to IESE MBA Graduates

Employment Report sees 91% in jobs within three months of graduation

13/12/2016 Barcelona

MBA Career Forum | IESE Business School

IESE MBA Employment Report 2016

Over the past year, it has been a pleasure to observe IESE MBA graduates setting out on an increasingly broad range of career paths. Positive trends from previous years have continued: 91% of our students accepted a job offer within three months of graduation, and demand for IESE MBAs remained high among consulting and finance firms. But new trends have also emerged that reflect how well our graduates are prepared to thrive in today's changing world. Get inspired! Subscribe to IESE's YouTube Channel:
World-class recruiters come to IESE looking for MBA talent / Photo: Edu Ferrer

Europe has regained its attractiveness for IESE MBA graduates, with 61 percent landing a job on the continent, according to IESE´s MBA Career Placement Report for its 2016 graduating class.

After the lows of the Euro crisis, this move back towards Europe is further indication of the renewed sense of optimism and opportunity in the region for high quality talent. The report also reveals that 91 percent of IESE´s MBAs found a job within three months of graduating, reflecting the high demand among recruiters for IESE MBAs around the world.

Looking more closely at the geographical breakdown of job placements, the report shows Europe was the most attractive region, with Spain attracting just under a quarter of all graduates. Some 18 percent chose to work in Asia – nearly half of those in Japan.

By analyzing the types of jobs IESE’s MBAs are landing, the report also shows a change in the interests of MBA students who are frequently choosing to pursue their careers in less traditional sectors.

Placements within the corporate sector have increased this year, while consulting and financial services have gone down slightly. This is largely due to the increasing diversification of placements within the corporate sector, including non-traditional areas such as education, public administration, and media and publishing. The most in-demand jobs within the corporate sector this year are: consumer goods and retail, e-commerce and hi-tech.

Recruiting IESE graduates this year were Adidas, Alibaba, Amazon, American Express, A.T.Kearney, Bain & Co., Carrefour, Google, Mango, McKinsey, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, The Kraft Heinz Company and Uber, among others.

Career Forums

IESE MBA Career Forums continue to bring together international companies seeking to attract IESE talent. The next Career Forum of this academic year will be held at IESE Barcelona on March 7-8, 2017.

In addition to these events solely for IESE students, the school has also been working alongside its European business school counterparts to offer career events in key locations both for recruiters and MBA graduates.

IESE and schools such as LBS and INSEAD have joined forces to organize events spread across the globe – helping recruiters with time and budget constraints to get easier access to international talent. Among them these are the Latin America Career Fair in Barcelona and the Asia Career Fair in London.

Download IESE’s MBA Employment Report 2016 here