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Pursuing a career in Europe with your new MBA

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Pursuing a career in Europe with your new MBA

Posted by Vlerick Business School
on Feb 13, 2018
in MBA, Career

Think of a degree from a leading business school in Europe as a launching pad that will beam you up to new professional heights faster than you can say “Scotty”. Whether you enter a new industry or continue exploring the sector in which you work, rest assured that an MBA sets you up for a career with a wide range of international employers across the continent.

That’s because an MBA opens doors to positions in every sector and industry in Europe. Yes, really. Your enrolment can kick off a long international career as many business school graduates end up taking jobs outside of their home country.  And why wouldn’t you? Many new graduates have joined some of Europe’s top consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company and AT Kearney. Other graduates have taken roles in companies in the financial industry, as well as in leading tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon in places like Luxembourg, Dublin and London.

MBA graduates are also highly sought after by international players dominating the healthcare and energy fields, taking up strategic roles at companies such as Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and GE.

International partners

One of the best things about having an MBA is that companies will typically seek you out, rather than the other way round. That’s because the career services advisers of any leading business school tend to have a two-fold mission: to help employers see the potential of their graduates and to help students distinguish themselves from their peers.

Most business schools offering MBA programmes – such as Vlerick Business School in the European capital of Brussels – consequently partner with companies and organisations to organise recruitment fairs. These fairs connect employers from across industries with students for an intense day of face-to-face power networking, interviewing and recruiting.  The best thing about the employers at these fairs? They are all interested in hiring you. 

Global contacts 

Career advisers will also help you map a strategy and professional development plan, so you can hit the job market running after graduation. Pursuing a full-time MBA at a top business school, in short, ensures that you will venture on to the job market with a broad network of valuable international contacts, while also being able to draw on alumni connections.

Between the range of formal and informal networking opportunities offered during and long after you’ve completed your MBA, you’ll be able to rub shoulders with top employers and learn about upcoming and unpublicised openings no-one else has.

High placement rates

Your job hunt, in all honesty, is unlikely to last long. Because business schools are today seen as a valuable source of talent by employers across Europe, most institutions boast excellent placement figures. A majority of graduates secure employment within six months. These high placement rates show that business schools walk the walk and talk the talk when it comes to boosting to careers. That’s because they are striving to prove just how highly an MBA degree from a top school is valued by leading firms and organisations across the continent, from Budapest to Brussels. 

Completing an MBA in Europe also means earning top dollars, er, euros because most graduates report significantly higher salaries compared to their pre-MBA earnings. Graduates from Vlerick Business School, for instance, report making a $101,000 weighted average salary after graduation, making its full-time MBA programme an unbeatable return on investment if you want to pursue a career in Europe.

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