Recruitment prospects for MBA graduates look increasingly rosy, according to the MBA Career Services Council, the US-based organisation which compiles data from business school careers offices. According to the MBA CSC, 70 per cent of schools have reported an increase in on-campus activity for full-time positions compared with a year ago. In addition 46 per cent of respondents reported an increase in job postings for internships, from which many graduates from two-year MBAs are frequently offered their first post-degree job.

The data was collected for the MBA CSC’s Fall 2011 survey. Recruitment increased in almost all industries according to the report, though real estate and government continue to be the weakest industries. No surprise, however, was that one sector that showed a decrease in prospective recruiters over the 2010 survey was financial services. The data is compiled largely from US business schools.

“The survey results indicate a positive trend we have continued to observe in the past few years,” says Nicole Hall, president of the MBA CSC and executive director of alumni and career services at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. “We’re seeing an increase in almost all industries and in most company types. Schools are continuing to find creative ways to assist students and companies with the job search process, and their efforts are paying off.”

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