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Australian MBAs Earning the Highest Salaries!

Written by Ifeatu Nnaobi | MBA Australia | Friday 30th November 2012 02:00:00 GMT

Post-MBA salaries of up to US$155,000 easily outrank those of Harvard and London Business School!

You can now add attractive salaries and a great standard of living to reasons to head to Australia

You can now add attractive salaries and a great standard of living to reasons to head to Australia

Once upon a time we may have thought of Australia as the far away land of sun, surf and barbeques, but last month the Economist ranked it as the place with highest post-MBA salaries too! 
 
MBAs from Curtin Business School in Western Australia earned on average US$155,000 after graduating this year. This is significantly higher than graduates from top schools such as Harvard (US$121,785), Tuck (US$115,143), Darden (US$104,478), Stanford (US$127,189) and IMD (USD$145,264). 
 
Curtin was ranked 46th in the world by The Economist, and is well located for mining firms in the region looking for management talent, which probably explains the incredible salary premium! 
 
MBA grads of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in Sydney, Australia's top-ranked school according to the Financial Times, earned on average AU$123,073 (US$128,365) after graduating in 2011.  This amounted to a 63 per cent hike on average pre-MBA pay. AGSM, which was ranked 41st in the world by the FT this year, has a particular strength in management consulting: 46 per cent of grads enetered the industry in 2011. A further 23 per cent went into financial services.
 
Overall, these figures weren’t too surprising considering that the economies of Europe and the US are still struggling while Australia is doing very well. Mining and energy are enjoying an export-led boom, thanks to demand from Australia's Asia-Pacific neighbour China. So is the business of exporting its surplus food and livestock to the Middle East and Asia. It all has a knock-on effect on other industries such as finance and consulting.
 
If you are worried that Australia might run out of natural resources, fear not - there's a lot more milage in them yet. The country has an abundance of coal, alumina, lead, nickel, copper, gold, silver, iron ore, and the list goes on. It also has a sophisticated financial services industry, with the largest stock exchange in the South Pacific, and a stable political system. 
 
Furthermore, unlike the UK which has introduced immigration measures that make it more difficult for students to gain employment after studying, Australia has a more welcoming approach. Under the proposed post-study work visa scheme to be introduced in 2013, graduates who have completed a Masters by research or a Doctoral degree will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa for three or four years respectively, while graduates who have completed a Bachelors degree or Masters by coursework degree will be eligible for a two year post-study work visa. 
 
Over at AGSM. the class of 2011's employment statistics showed that 64.5 per cent of them got jobs in Australia while 13 per cent of them headed to Asia. It also showed that 88 per cent of the class were employed within three months of graduating. You can see AGSM's 2011 careers report here for more details.
 
The school's active career services also regularly organize events where students can meet with top executives. The Meet the CEO series has been running since 2003 and has featured the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Nicholas Moore of Macquarie Bank, Geoff Dixon of Qantas, Gail Kelly now with Westpac and many others.
 
If you still need more convincing, then check out the fabulous work-life balance down under. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Australians typically work 35 hours a week over five days with four weeks annual leave plus 10 statutory holidays. There are vast amounts of space for leisurely activitities with only 3.5 per cent of the world’s population on a single continent. 
 
And, if you feel like stretching your legs, you could easily hop to one of the neighbouring vibrant Asian economies. AGSM has plenty of active alumni in Asia and they also have a campus in Hong Kong
 
Read more stories about student, alumni and programmes at Australian Graduate School of Management, here
 

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Friday 30th November 2012, 12.57 (UTC)

Sian Morley-Smith

Is 4 weeks annual leave good? I've heard from friends down under that 20 days is normal, which isn't very much by UK standards...having said that, in Australia you don't need to go very far for a dream beach holiday so no need to include travel time!


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