MBA Career Services Council: Alumni to the rescue
MBA News Barbara Bierach / 06-18-2012
A majority of schools around the world reported an increase in on-campus recruiting for full-time positions year on year. The latest Spring 2012 Recruiting Trends Survey conducted by the MBA Career Services Council reports that most schools are seeing growth, with only 11 per cent noting a decline in on-campus recruiting activity.
51 per cent of respondents report an increase in on-campus recruiting for full-time jobs, 69 per cent an increase in full-time job postings. Interestingly, when asked how employers hire, 58 per cent of schools saw an increase in alumni-initiated hiring – the biggest increase. “This seems to be a direct result of efforts on the part of career services offices to increase alumni engagement through referrals and networking events,” reckons the MBA Career Services Council, an association of career management offices in business schools and companies who hire MBA students.
The increases are occurring across most sectors, with consulting and technology showing the largest growth. This data is in line with the results of the latest QS Jobs and Salaries Trends Report from TopMBA.com: Consultancy organizations across the globe say they have increased the number of MBA jobs available. The report found that despite economic difficulties in many countries, in 2011 there was a 28 per cent increase in MBA demand among global consultancy businesses. This increase has been forecasted to increase further still, by 17 per cent this year. The same goes for employer demand for MBAs in the IT sector: up 25 per cent in 2011 - with the prediction that the demand will increase 10 to 20 per cent in 2012.