Sunday, December 2, 2012

Recruiting & International Image

I had lunch with some prospective students earlier this week, and one of them asked a couple of questions that I couldn't answer.

The first question:
"It seems as though a lot of students are getting jobs and internships from off-campus sources than on. Is this true?"

From statistics of the Class of 2011 (2012 is soon to be published in a new website format), about 70% of fulltime offers were from campus-based sources. They include Career Fairs as part of campus recruiting. I fall under the 30% who got my internship (and potentially my full time job) off-campus from my own networking - but, as I have said before - the CoC has been very helpful with my own recruiting efforts.

For students who are looking for more traditional MBA career paths, like banking, corporate finance, consulting and some marketing positions, there is a fair amount of on-campus recruiting. Consulting is huge here - all the big firms (except BCG, although I think that has just changed) come on campus.
Similarly, firms who have structured MBA programs also tend to recruit more on-campus than those who don't. It's probably too expensive to fly around the country to hold interviews for one position where an MBA would be helpful to have, as a lot of the job postings I'm looking at are.

But we were just told recently that our class of 2013 currently is beating the class of 2012 in terms of number of people with full-time offers. No-one in our class didn't get an internship who wanted an internship, so that was also heartening news. Turns out the class of 2014 is also being very proactive with their internship searches.

The final line here is to say that, yes, our CoC facilitates a lot of on-campus recruiting efforts. They're also very helpful for off-campus recruiting initiated by the student. But, there should never be an expectation that the CoC is there to find a job for you.

The second question: 
"What is the value of Carnegie Mellon's MBA degree outside of the US?"

I spent some time chatting to people, which lead to some interesting conclusions. It turns out it's the Carnegie Mellon brand that holds the sway, not the Tepper name. Especially in China and India, Carnegie Mellon has a reputation for being highly innovative and technical.

The Economist has Tepper ranked as No. 17 internationally for B-schools.

Otherwise, I cannot answer this question. Does anyone have feedback for this?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Julianne,

    As a first year international student(from India) at Tepper, I can say that what you have mentioned about the international image of Tepper is correct. It's the brand of Carnegie Mellon that holds the sway. It's considered a top technical university popular for its Computer Science programs. But recent rise in most of the MBA rankings for Tepper is sure to increase the brand awareness of Tepper.

    On another note, BCG has started to make its presence felt on campus. And this year, a student from the graduating class has secured a full time offer from BCG.


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