In the past, Global Executive MBA students at Hult International Business School have launched new careers with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Amazon—thanks to a 19,000-strong alumni network and world-leading career development advice, they are set up for lifelong professional development.
Ranked among the top-25 International Business Schools in the world outside of the US by Bloomberg in 2017, Hult has the infrastructure in place to guarantee life-long success for its students. “Through learning at Hult, EMBA students are given a springboard onto an international platform,” says Peter Hill, senior director of career development at the school.
Alongside Peter a wave of Executive MBA career coaches operate all over the globe—at each of Hult’s international campuses in London, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, and Shanghai—on-hand to offer advice on career development and interview strategy, guiding students from enrolment to post-graduation employment.
This is a process that begins long before students walk through the doors at Hult.
Before the program candidates can enrol on the pre-arrival career development program that offers long-term career planning tips, information on employment trends, and industry insights.
Once they arrive, Peter explains that the program immerses students in the real business world as teams address business challenges and help companies solve real-time issues.
In the past, students have worked on coursework projects with companies like Disney, Intel, and Unilever. “The corporate projects help connect students with the corporate world and this in itself creates possible opportunities with certain companies,” Peter adds.
“We develop future business leaders,” he continues. “They come to us having hit a ceiling and, through the coursework projects as part of the career development scheme, we help identify what the barriers have been, how to unlock them, and how to take their career to the next step.”
Taking place over four-day weekends every or every-other-month, the Global EMBA is intrinsically linked to career development—99% of Hult International Business School graduates change country, industry, or function.
As well as the core business knowledge taught on accounting, financial management, and international marketing modules, a leadership development program runs continuously throughout both years of the Global EMBA.
This trains students to lead through innovation, in a global marketplace, whilst developing personal and professional leadership traits to succeed in the post-graduate business world.
One such student, Stephane Akame Zeh, spent 16 years with oil and gas service company, Schlumberger, before he embarked on the program.
“I was the director of operations for West Africa,” he recalls. “I left because of the oil crisis—they merged the four or five regions in Africa down to just two.”
Faced with a choice between taking a lower position, or augmenting his skillset with an Executive MBA, Stephane chose the latter. He chose Hult International Business School, he explains, because of the flexibility the course offered around full-time work, as well as the expert career development support.
“After 16 years in the same industry I knew I would need something more to climb the ladder and change career,” he says.
Career development was at the top of his agenda. “Even though most schools say the same thing, in my conversations with Hult I had the impression they were much better in this regard,” Stephane explains.
50% of what he was looking for happened instantaneously in the classroom, he says. Surrounded by people from all over the world, with different career profiles across a plethora of industries, students of the Global EMBA learn and develop their understanding of the global practices occurring in a wide range of markets—they also continue this learning process after graduating, having the option of one elective per year, for life, at any of Hult’s international campuses.
Due to finish his degree in March, Stephane has already interviewed with the CEO of the business unit of GE for a director of project management position in Germany—he is also due to partake in a small corporate project with PwC in April.
He says none of that would be made possible without the career development advice at Hult International Business School.
“They give you a short, medium, and long-term plan. An external consultant would cost a lot of money, but as part of career development at Hult, you are helped every step of the way.”