B-School Chart of the Week: Job Searching Overseas

Finding international job opportunities may be more challenging than finding domestic ones, but business school offers candidates a clear-cut advantage. MBA students can recruit with top global firms on campus or try their hand at an “off-grounds” search by identifying positions on their own and leveraging their business school’s brand. The MBA credential can be very helpful in opening doors (particularly if the school enjoys a strong reputation in a desired region), and both international classmates and alumni around the world are part of the school’s greater network, facilitating connections and opportunities.

Although a relatively small percentage of total graduates take jobs abroad (at the higher end, 20.4% in Wharton’s Class of 2013), plenty of opportunity exists, and many top-ranked schools have been expanding their footprints globally. For example, Wharton placed 8.3% of its 2013 graduates in Asia and 6.0% in Europe. South/Central America was the most popular international job destination for Chicago Booth MBAs, accounting for 7.4% of its Class of 2013. Applicants with an eye on working overseas should be sure to investigate their target school’s employment reports, find out which global firms recruit on campus and get a feel for how well-known the school’s brand is around the world.


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