Building Global Connections for Jobs Abroad: McDonough and ESADE’s Global Career Conference

On November 22, Georgetown McDonough School of Business and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, hosted their third annual Global Career Conference and Expo. This symposium is the only in-person career fair of its kind that directly connects employers to U.S. MBA candidates seeking global opportunities, as well as international students seeking employment stateside.

McDonough and ESADE joined forces to create this conference due to the growing number of international student requests for greater visibility in the job and internship search process. While some schools hold virtual events of this sort, these two schools felt as though it was imperative to create a live event that would encourage actual discourse and build real connections between students and employers. Many organizations that were present even conducted on-site interviews and information sessions.

A total of 230 students from 18 business schools registered for the event, where they met with 26 employers. The companies represented at the career fair included: Abroad China, Amazon, Athena Global Investors, General Electric, Global Health Corps, IBM, Inter-American Development Bank, International Organization Careers Office- U.S. Department of State, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Peace Corps, Teach for China, The Nature Conservancy, The World Bank, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, World Economic Forum, and several others.

“Because there are additional challenges in the job search process for students seeking opportunities outside of their home countries, we created this conference as a way to connect MBA students from top programs with international and multinational organizations,” said Doreen Amorosa, associate dean and managing director of the MBA Career Center at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “This program is one of the reasons our international students have had great success in the job search process in recent years.”

Among McDonough’s Full-time MBA class of 2013, 76-percent of international students received a job offer before graduation. That represents a 27-percent increase over international students in the class of 2011. They had an average starting salary of $103,695, $2,000 higher than their American counterparts and a 15-percent increase from two years ago.


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