Nottingham Trent University

Telephone UK: 0800 032 1180 Intl: +44 (0)115 941 8419

Who hires MBA graduates?

Who hires MBA graduates?

As well as having exceptional teaching staff and unrivalled global business links, NTU has carefully designed its MBA offering to maximise employability – it’s why 100% of our full-time MBA graduates find graduate-level employment within six months of completing their course.

But these aren’t the only factors that matter when choosing a course: hiring trends are also important.

By taking the time to understand recruitment trends in your chosen industry, you can confidently choose the right programme to ensure your experience stays relevant in an ever-evolving business world.

The latest graduate data

Each November, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) carries out an international poll of employers to monitor trends in hiring outcomes for business school graduates.

Of the 350 employers who responded to the most recent instalment, 19% are in consulting, 16% in the financial sector and 12% in technology. A further 27% are listed as being in product and service industries, while manufacturing (10%) and healthcare (7%) are also represented.

More than three quarters of these employers (78 percent) said they planned to hire recent MBA graduates in 2019 – that compares with 52 percent for graduates of non-business Master’s courses and just 29 percent for Master of Finance graduates.

And, while large businesses accounted for a more sizeable share of the MBA hiring (94% said they’d recruit, compared with 50% of smaller companies), almost half of the small business respondents said they planned to increase the magnitude of their MBA hiring in 2019.

Which sectors need MBA graduates?

The content of an MBA curriculum is relevant to a wide range of sectors, which is perhaps why each Online MBA intake at NTU is so varied in terms of professional background and career ambition.

According to GMAC’s report, employers in the healthcare and manufacturing industries value MBA graduates the most. Just over half (54%) of these businesses rated the value of a graduate business education as “very high”, with technology following closely behind at 51%. There are also plenty of opportunities seen in consulting (43% answered “very high”), the public sector (40%) and finance (39%).

“NTU’s Online MBA has already improved my career prospects and will only continue to do so,” says Online MBA student, Dean Wood.

“It has helped me develop business knowledge and skills that are transferable across all industries and sectors, which means that I don’t have to remain forever in my current industry and can look for challenges elsewhere. It means that I am now far more employable.”

Most students on our Online MBA aim to work in certain sectors rather than specific businesses, and their ambitions are further supported by the option to ‘specialise’. There’s a choice of the core Online MBA, Online MBA with Data Analytics and the Online MBA Fast Track.

International employment prospects

Our Online MBA students come from all over world – and GMAC’s data suggests the employment prospects for graduates are equally global.

Employers in the United States are particularly interested in MBA graduates, with 81 percent saying they would hire in 2019, but there are also opportunities in developing economies.

Asked how they rate the value of a graduate business education, 90 percent of companies in developing economies answered ‘above average’ or ‘very high’ – compared with 86 percent in the US and 87 percent in the rest of the world.

On our Online MBA, global employability is bolstered further by the inclusion of a Global Marketing Management module, and the fact that you’ll be studying alongside business minds from around the world.

Start your journey today

To find out more about our Online MBA courses, complete our online form or call the admissions office on 0800 032 1180 (UK) or +44 (0)115 941 8419 (International).