More companies are hiring MBAs. According to GMAC data, two-thirds of global companies across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the US have positions that are set for expansion and growth.
And 88% of the technology companies that GMAC surveyed said they planned on hiring MBA graduates in 2017. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have grown at such an unprecedented rate that it’s no surprise hiring is exploding in this sphere.
Yasmina Mallam-Hassam, careers director at HEC Paris, says that the biggest jump the school has seen in terms of MBA students’ career destinations is in tech—up to 19% of the MBA class.
She says that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are among the most attractive top recruiters at the school. “What is interesting though,” she adds, “is the number of innovative tech startups in a variety of industries, such as Deliveroo, Taboola, and PayPal, that have either come onto campus or have recruited HEC Paris MBAs.”
Tech transverses the entire business landscape. Graduates have also secured tech positions at companies such as Renault, Nissan, Schneider Electric, and Johnson & Johnson.
As these companies expand and grow, becoming ever more global, there is a requirement for internationally-savvy employees. The HEC Paris MBA is made up of 92% international students, represented by 55 nationalities. Teamwork and communication skills—the two most sought-after skills by employers according to the GMAC report—are built across borders, as students learn to meander different cultures, industries, and personalities.
This makes for a conveyor belt of globally-ready employees. Indeed, 51% of HEC Paris MBA candidates find work outside of their home country, joining the 55% of students who changed job location after graduation. “Developing markets are becoming more attractive,” Yasmina adds. “For example, the Latin American placement has grown by 2%, and Africa by 3%.”
Across the entire cohort, 93% of graduates secure work within three months of finishing their MBA at HEC Paris.
“The emergence of sustainability and digital are two of the core career trends we have seen,” Yasmina continues. “As a career center, we often get asked about areas such as fintech, healthtech, and impact careers, showing that participants want to contribute to the current challenges that are shaping the business world.”
The HEC Paris Career Center is the engine that drives the school’s MBAs towards their goals. “We work with participants from the very first days of the program to try and determine whether they have a defined career path or not,” Yasmina explains.
“We offer a rigorous curriculum with three steps—‘know yourself’, ‘know the market’, and ‘match yourself to the market’,” she adds. That enables candidates who are sitting on the fence to understand their career motivations, interests, and skills—as well as which sector and companies are attractive to them.
The Career Center develops a student’s ability to pitch themselves, network, and augment their interviewing skills. Career fairs, company presentations, and sector-based events throughout the MBA help build their market knowledge.
Yasmina admits that with the market developing and changing so rapidly, predicting future MBA career trends is complicated.
She asserts that geographically, as the region’s digital and financial infrastructure matures, HEC Paris sees Africa as a burgeoning region for MBAs.
“Additionally, on the digital side,” she adds, “the need to manage and optimize value from data will continue to grow, so this will lead to more roles in the analytics space—cybersecurity will also enter as a potential career area.
“Traditional MBA roles in finance could possibly diminish as digital continues to impose itself,” she concludes, “so we will start to see areas such as cryptocurrencies and digital banking also yielding options for MBA participants in the finance and digital space.”
I have met the most competent and diverse batch in this school. These people not only thrive on their own but also makes sure that you are doing it with them. The professors will take your had and walk you through all milestones and make sure you are not left behind. I have found their extracurriculars extremely engaging. There was always a room to have social life after academic life. The only hindrance is the location of the school, it is slightly outside city and living in city is expensive.
Internationality and diversity of opportunities
About my programme I would say it is very international and flexible: we have the opportunity to choose exactly the courses we want. But at the same time, the frame of the campus is crucial in students' life and enable us to create friendships.
Great selection of people
While HEC's MBA is highly selective, I really enjoy the type of people HEC's selects to make sure everybody gets the best out of their MBA experience and networking opportunities. Not only it's an incredibly diverse pool of people (~60 nationalities) but most importantly they make sure to let in friendly empathic and curious people.
Best in France for Grande ecole
A prestigious business school. Languages are important. It is better to have a scientific baccalaureate with excellent grades in high school and good assessments. The courses are well designed as per the latest trends and practicality of learning in stressed upon. Overall, a very good experience.
Diversity and quality of fellow students
Very international and interesting place to be and opens a lot of opportunities, however the administration is very french and facilities are subpar (gym, classrooms) meaning the academic affairs is pretty much useless and lastly we are graded on a curve which can create a toxic environment because of the competition. With that being said the pros outweighs the cons by far.
The quality of the teachers, the campus, the clubs
The school is very international indeed, we have courses with international students and share things with them within the extra academic life (in the social clubs especially). We have great career prospects if we prepare ourselves well - however, the global curriculum is still very finance-oriented, which is a pity for other interesting domains of the company world, which does not rely on finance only. The social clubs are good practice for the management and for now, are quite independent.
HEC Paris awaits you
HEC Paris is really a nice place to do a master's in business. Many classes are useful and interesting (corporate finance, financial accounting, contract law…), some are less - but the curriculum is to be reviewed in the year to come. Regarding the student life, it is incredible, with about 130 clubs, lots of great parties with even greater people. The Jouy campus offers a lot of opportunities to do sports, and you can breathe fresh air every day. HEC also helps a great deal to find an internship or a job.
A dream institute
Enrolling in the HEC MBA was by far the best decision I made for myself. The people and faculty are great, with lots of opportunities to meet people and expand your horizons. Very nice campus where I have had some good running sessions. The alumni network is superb and very helpful. It also has a good support system for entrepreneurs. Would definitely recommend it!