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Global Connections: Distinctive Career Fair Introduces MBAs to Global Employers

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One year ago, Allison Maas was preparing to graduate from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business with an Executive MBA degree. She signed up for the school’s Global Career Conference and Expo after hearing that General Electric would be there. Armed with her resume, she approached the GE table and introduced herself.

This year, Maas sits on the other side of the table, having landed a position in GE’s aviation business. As she speaks to students, she can clearly place herself in their shoes, having experienced the same nervous jitters as the students seeking post-MBA jobs and internships. She said, “I can feel the nerves of all the students.”

On November 22, Georgetown McDonough and ESADE Business School hosted their third annual Global Career Conference and Expo, the only in-person career fair that connects employers to MBA candidates from top schools who are U.S. students seeking global opportunities or international students seeking U.S. employment.

A total of 230 students from 18 business schools registered for the event, where they met with 26 employers.

The Global Career Search

Georgetown McDonough and ESADE created this conference in response to international student requests for greater visibility in the job and internship search process. While other schools hold virtual events, it was important to the two schools to create a live event to foster the connections between students and employers. In addition to the expo, many organizations conducted on-site interviews and information sessions.

“Because there are additional challenges in the job search process for students seeking opportunities outside of their home countries, we created this conference as a way to connect MBA students from top programs with international and multinational organizations,” said Doreen Amorosa, associate dean and managing director of the MBA Career Center at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “This program is one of the reasons our international students have had great success in the job search process in recent years.”

Among the Georgetown McDonough’s Full-time MBA class of 2013, 76 percent of international students received a job offer before graduation – a 27 percent increase over international students in the class of 2011. They had an average starting salary of $103,695, $2,000 higher than their American counterparts and a 15 percent increase from two years ago.

Diverse Participants

Students from MBA programs around the country and across the globe attended the event, representing Georgetown McDonough, ESADE, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Indiana University, New York University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

Abikumar Jbijith, an MBA student from ESADE studying abroad at Cornell, felt that the face-to-face interaction with recruiters was worth the trip. “You should come here,” he said. “Especially if you are close by. It’s a great way to meet recruiters and network with other students.”

Sam Chen, a marketing student from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, attended the event to get an early start on his post-graduation plans. Chen said, “I am looking for a marketing job, to expand my horizons and find different opportunities in other fields.” Chen looks to be aggressive and active at career expos to successfully achieve his career goals.

Students also appreciated the variety of employers at the event, including those with nonprofit or social impact missions. Tom Yiling Lu, a second-year Yale School of Management student, came to the event looking for finance roles at nonprofit organizations.

“It has benefitted me a lot to learn about the organizations and the social impacts they are trying to deliver, which is really meaningful and has made this a worthwhile trip to make,” he said.

The companies represented at the career fair included: Abroad China, Alfa Fellowship Program, Amazon, Asian Development Bank, Athena Global Investors, Catholic Relief Services, CEB, Clinovations, Emzingo, General Electric, Global Health Corps, IBM, IDEX Accelerator, Inter-American Development Bank, International Organization Careers Office- U.S. Department of State, Laureate Education Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Liquidity Services, Organo Gold International, Peace Corps, Plan International, Teach for China, The Nature Conservancy, The World Bank, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, and World Economic Forum.