Who recruits MBAs?

Lancaster MBA graduates are recruited by a wide variety of companies and organisations around the world, both private- and public-sector.

Some join large multinational companies, others boost the management teams of smaller organisations or enjoy accelerated promotion with their former employers. Some start up their own companies. The journey is different for everyone, transformational for all. 

For further information about Lancaster MBA graduates' careers, see our alumni profiles

Sector destinations

Applicants to MBA programmes are keen to improve their career prospects. They look to their self-development, skills acquisition and increased business acumen to give them the springboard they need to reach the next stages of their careers. The destinations of alumni illustrate some of the paths and progression that are possible. Achieving identical career outcomes cannot be guaranteed, since they are the result of background, potential and suitability matches unique to each individual and employer.

The Lancaster Full-time MBA covers a considerable amount of consultancy theory and practice that prepares students for roles in consultancy, though this is by no means the only sector they join. Representation in the IT sector decreases as those wanting to move from purely technical roles find consultancy opportunities (often still with an IT focus), and currently the energy sector is strong as a recruiter of MBAs correlating to its current strength as a sector in economic markets. 


Job functions

The larger section corresponding to the function of consultant in the chart includes alumni who have taken on the role of internal consultant within organisations. The number working in the finance sector has doubled since 2010/2011, reflecting the revival of hiring in that area. Manufacturing and engineering general managements/operations roles have seen a global increase that is reflected in MBA hiring. We have noticed an increase in alumni going directly to director level positions. Other role titles reflect promotion with increased responsibility building on knowledge gained from the MBA, enhanced decision-making ability at organisational level and confidence in leading senior teams.

Career change

From the outset of a year of full-time MBA study, students target their next employers. Most alumni find work with new employers, although some do - or have already made the decision to - return to previous employers. The number of alumni starting businesses immediately after the MBA has been increasing recently and yet more alumni place business ownership as a goal for the future. Most of these do start businesses in three to ten years.

Executive MBA students are more likely to be in current employment and sponsored by their organisations, though some are self-funded. By studying for an MBA they and/or their organisations are investing in their preparation for career progression. Most stay with their organisations after completing the EMBA, but during the programme they make excellent use of the MBA careers service for advice regarding promotions or applications for new projects.

Recent recruiters

Here are just some of the international companies that have recruited Lancaster MBA graduates over the last two years.

Accenture | Accor Group | Alcimed | Altisource | Amazon |American Bureau of Shipping | Armsa Consulting | ASUSTek Computer Inc | Beroe Inc Consulting | bit10/Exasoftpmc | CAMC | Carpedia International | Coca-Cola FEMSA | Costco | DAL Group | Deloitte | EDF Energy | Elekta | emids | Falken International Inc | Gartner | Golfstream-N | Grant Thornton | GuangZhou Securities | Hewlett-Packard | Hilti | HSBC Global Asset Management | IBM | Infosys Technologies Ltd | Jaguar Land Rover | KPMG | LG Electronics | L'Oréal | Mitsubishi Fuso | Mondelez International | Nestlé | NHS | Ohashi Tecnica UK Ltd | Pcubed | PTA Bank |  PwC | Quikr | Romande Energie | Sabena technics | Saga Global Consultants | Sarment | Skye Bank plc | Swire Coca-Cola | Taisei Corporation | Tata Consultancy Services | Tatprof | Tetra Pak | Trustwave | Unipharm | Zinnov Management Consulting | ZS Associates