Indian-born MBA graduates head for careers at home

Schools maintaining their Indian student numbers are often also those that can offer the best opportunities for jobs after graduation.

There were 17 Indian nationals in the 2018 MBA intake at Lausanne-based IMD Business School. All but two of these now have job placements with European businesses.

“I do not think seeking local work is a defining characteristic of Indian-born IMD MBA students,” says Seán Meehan, head of the school’s MBA programme, adding that all students conduct worldwide searches. Indian students “share with other classmates a passion for global business”.

When companies feel they have the right match, they are happy to deal with the necessary immigration red tape to get that person, Mr Meehan adds. “Indian students crave above all else opportunity. They want to develop, grow and take on meaningful responsibility [and] they want to have impact.”

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