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In Job Search, Europe’s MBAs Take Roads Less Traveled

In Job Search, Europe???s MBAs Take Roads Less Traveled
Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Europe may be in an economic funk, but you wouldn’t know it from the job placement statistics being reported by top MBA programs on the continent. Big shifts in job preferences among graduates are shielding most MBAs from the worst of the doom and gloom.

The top European business schools—even those located in countries like Spain, where the unemployment rate hovers around 26 percent—are reporting high placement numbers for recent MBA grads, with starting salaries and bonuses in line with what their peers at U.S. schools are commanding. And the jobs aren’t all located outside Europe. In fact, three out of five grads are choosing to stay on the continent post-MBA. How are the schools helping their students find success on the job front? By taking a page out of the investing textbook and urging them to diversify.