The Year of the Snake is ideal for goal setting and strategic planning—an opportune moment to hone your skills and create a career plan. MBA and master’s graduates can increase their chances of landing a job with Asia-Pacific companies with thoughtful decision-making, careful planning, and some tactical maneuvers. At a session hosted by the MBA Career Services Council during the recent NAAMBA Global Career Forum in Hong Kong, employers and career services professionals shared similar advice for graduate business school students—particularly those from outside the region—about successfully navigating the Asia-Pacific job market. (BTW: These tactics apply to candidates looking to land a job anywhere in the world.) (more…)
A glance at the boards of most Fortune 500 or S&P 500 companies will reveal plenty of MBAs working behind the scenes. Earning a management degree is a US corporate rite of passage and the MBA is, for many firms, a stepping stone to executive-level positions.
Companies in other parts of the world are following suit, witness the CEO of Japanese online retailer Rakuten (Harvard Business School), the chairman of Indian IT services giant Infosys (IIM-Ahmadabad) and the executive VP for Innovation at L’Oreal (INSEAD), to name a few with advanced business degrees.
Typically MBAs, with their broad management training combined with several years of work experience, are placed in generalist, analyst and strategy positions in large firms. Some companies have customized recruiting schemes to attract business school grads with an annual intake of MBAs who are placed on a rotational program to experience different commercial aspects of the business.
Job prospects for b-school grads are much improved this year, but the challenges of job hunting in a recovering economy can still be daunting. This year’s grads and employers gave us some insight on the most effective strategies for landing a great job as you finish your graduate program…or later on.
First, we should tell you that b-school alumni overwhelmingly agree that getting a graduate degree was their key to success in securing their current jobs. (Really—we asked .)
Beyond that, here are a few key job search strategies to keep in mind: