IESE Business School Hosts Annual MBA Career Forum
Amazon, Google and Siemens topped the list of companies participating in this year’s MBA Career Forum at Spain’s IESE Business School, which culminated Wednesday. The three-day event plays a critical role in IESE’s strong placement success – 97 percent of the most recent graduating class secured employment within three months of graduation, the school reports.
Throughout the annual event, leading global companies in a range of industries conduct approximately 1,200 interviews and presentations with IESE students. According to the school’s figures, the forum helps about 70 percent of students secure full-time post-graduation jobs. First-year students in the 19-month program also use the forum as a means to find summer internship opportunities.
Joining Amazon, Google and Siemens this year were other leading firms including Abbott, Novartis, Vodafone, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, BASF, Siemens, JP Morgan, The Boston Consulting Group, Gas Natural, Inditex, Santander, Philip Morris and Arthur D. Little. Last year, 479 companies participated, resulting in 1,078 job offers, 1,798 first-round interviews and 88 presentations made by global companies.
IESE boasts a student body heralding from more 50 countries, and their destinations upon graduation are equally diverse. Of last year’s class, 69 percent accepted an offer outside of Spain. And though IESE graduates have traditionally entered the banking and consulting firms, the industries in which they are accepting offers is also growing more diverse. Last year, more than 50 percent of job offers taken by students were in sectors such as retail and consumption (13 percent), services (19 percent), chemicals and pharmaceuticals (8 percent), technology and communication (8 percent) and energy (8 percent).
The MBA Career Forum is put on each year by IESE’s MBA Career Services Department. In addition to the forum, the Career Services Department also organizes company presentations and interviews throughout the year as well as Career Days in February and March and helps to connect students with companies that interest them for internship and job opportunities. For complete placement data for last year’s IESE graduating MBA class, click here.