After six years’ management consulting in Africa and her native Brazil, Julia Mares Guia relocated to Boston, USA, to pursue a one-year master in marketing at Hult International Business School. Now, she’s marketing manager for Uber in Brazil.
“At Hult, I found the exact program I was looking for,” she says. “Hult offers a great atmosphere for all international students. And the faculty are always willing to help and support students in any way they can.”
Hult is a diverse school with a global footprint. It has five international campuses - in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai - and a rotation center in New York. At any given campus, at least 90% of students are international. Over 130 nationalities were represented across last year’s graduate classes.
Julia is the latest of an increasing number of millennials from emerging economies who’ve looked to gain global exposure and fast-track their careers in business at Hult.
“Hult offered a lot of multicultural events so students could learn more about other cultures and expand their world knowledge,” Julia explains. “I met people from all over the world and made friends for life.”
Julia joined the 99% of Hult grads who change either country, industry or job role after graduation. Gonzalo Dominguez, an Argentine Master in International Business student, did the same. After graduating in 2015, he landed an auditing job at ‘Big Four’ accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY) in Peru.
“Hult teaches you how to network and create a personal brand,” Gonzalo explains. “I did, and I got the job at EY. My master’s was part of the leverage.”
Why did he choose Hult for his business masters? “The cultural diversity immediately caught my attention,” he says. “I knew that was what I needed to transform into a networking machine, not only technically but in dealing with different people to expand my cultural knowledge.
“And it did. It was the right decision,” he continues. “I think nowadays that millennials want that diversity. It’s part of the globalization we’re living and experiencing every day.
“I grew as a person after Hult. After you finish, you end up with a network that webs around the world. I think that’s something pretty special and unique.”
While Hult places students into jobs in a variety of industries worldwide, 10% of its graduates pursue business ideas of their own.
Indian entrepreneur, Arjita Alka Sethi, studied a Master of Social Entrepreneurship at Hult’s San Francisco campus, 40 miles north of Silicon Valley. She founded her own socially-impactful edtech startup while at the school.
Its first-of-its-kind product: a personalized, intelligent learning game which teaches reading and writing skills to children under seven years old.
“I was looking for a business school that could help me develop an innovative, scalable model of education capable of reaching millions,” says Arjita. “That’s when I found Hult.”
Arjita won the startup weekend by Google for Entrepreneurs and was a Hult Prize finalist during her time at the school. She raised $20,000 for her business venture on the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. And she’s since co-founded an organization promoting social entrepreneurship in India.
For Hult’s VP of career development Katharine Boshkoff, the success of the school’s international students comes as no surprise.
“Hult draws in so many bright go-getters from emerging markets because we’re a different kind of business school,” she says.
“These students don’t just want the status quo. They want to make truly global connections and work globally. And that’s what we do. We’re experts in helping international students find international jobs.”