Thursday, May 31, 2012

Changing job market for MBAs

Worthwhile Financial Times piece on how the job market for full-time MBAs has changed over the last couple of years.  A few of the more interesting trends:
  • Gaming companies such as Zynga and Electronic Arts are starting to recruit MBAs
  • The hot skills: communications (as always) and analytics
  • Hiring and salaries are up a little bit from a year ago
  • Finance and consulting down; "consumer goods, pharmaceutical, media, technology and industrial companies" up; social media also hot
  • Students are more likely than ever to be directing their own job searches: "Even at Harvard, the master at on-campus recruiting, almost 50 per cent of students now find a job via a different route."
Hiring of Jenkins MBAs at NC State is tracking close to last year.  Employers include American Airlines, Caterpillar, Chevron, Cisco Systems, Lenovo, Novartis, Red Hat, Siemens, Simmons, and Wells Fargo, among others. 


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