IESE MBA Employment report: placements in tech sector soar by 62% since 2017

  • 94% of IESE´s MBAs Class of 2019 receive offers within three months

November 26, 2019. IESE´s newly released MBA employment report shows the continued global interest in the school´s MBA talent – and especially from tech firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. In fact, Technology continues to grow as a popular destination for MBA graduates, with a 62% increase since 2017 in MBAs choosing jobs in that sector 

Main highlights from the report:

  • 94% of IESE´s MBA class of 2019 accepted a job offer within three months of graduation, as calculated according to the MBACSE rules.
  • Technology continues to grow as an employment sector of choice for our MBAs: 26% of the class of ’19 accepted a tech sector offer, up from 20% of the class of ’18 and making for a 62% increase since 2017. E-commerce was an especially popular destination.
  • Still, despite tech’s popularity surging, consulting remains for now the most popular destination of IESE MBAs. 33% of the class took offers in that sector, at firms including McKinsey & Company.
  • Amazon, Facebook and Google were among the leading companies who recruited on our Barcelona campus over the past year, as well as Citi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Roland Berger, McKinsey & Company and many more.
  • In terms of geographic placements, the 2019 report shows that 25% of graduates accepted offers to stay and work in Spain. Europe was the most popular region to work in, with 55% of graduates accepting jobs there. Latin America (17%) and Asia (13%) trailed Europe as sought-after career destinations.

Background stats: The IESE MBA Class of 2019 counts 356 students, 32% of them women, from 50 different countries. 

The MBA as a platform for career changers

The report also helps show that studying an MBA at IESE offers a tremendous platform for people thinking of switching careers, as they have access to a dedicated careers center with expertise in many different sectors and geographies. The option to take a corporate internship (or work on your own entrepreneurship project) in the summer between the first and second year of the MBA, also enables career changers to test and get experience in their new field.

In fact, 21% of IESE´s class of 2019 have already made the “triple jump,” that means, students who after graduating changed their industry, as well as their job function and geography.

IESE MBA career changer profiles include  Ryan Fritsch, a former bomb defusal expert in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from IESE´s MBA early this year, he is now working in Belgium as the Luxembourg Country Manager at global beer behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev.

He said: “Coming to IESE with a non-traditional background and from the United States, IESE provided me the education, interview skills, and network to secure an internship, and subsequent fulltime offer, at my target company within FMCG, AB InBev. Beyond getting an offer from my target company, IESE provided me the context that enabled me to receive an offer for a position within Europe, which I gladly accepted.”

Download the full 2019 Employment Report here.