Results demonstrate the international mobility and capability of the Oxford MBA, says Director of Career Development.
Despite a challenging economic environment and the continued uncertainty of Brexit, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford’s MBA employment rate has risen to 91%, while the average salary has increased to £71,550. ‘We have seen an upturn in well paid tech hires, but not just in the technology industry. The tech revolution is changing all areas of the job market, and we are ensuring that our students are well placed to benefit from this shift,’ explained Stuart Jagot, Director of Career Development.
One of the resources available to tech minded students is the Digital Marketing Pathway, which is provided to Oxford’s MBAs in partnership with General Assembly (GA). The pathway provides students access to GA’s online curriculum and Digital Marketing Assessments. ‘Our partnership with General Assembly has enabled us to help our students not only develop their strategic thinking about the future of marketing, but to also build the skills needed for their future careers,’ commented Andrew Stephen, L’Oreal Professor of Marketing at Oxford Saïd.
Another initiative, the Oxford Saïd Careers Academy, has been launched for the School’s 2018/19 MBA class. Accessible prior to the start of the MBA to help students’ career development planning, this online learning resource offers 4 courses of practical exercises, videos and guidance, enabling the on-campus Career sessions to be more experiential and skills focussed. The aim is to prime students for peak performance when they enter today’s rapidly evolving job market, supported by an on-campus Talent Development Programme of ‘bite-sized’ skills courses and 1-1 Coaching that complements the curriculum.
A new Consulting Development Programme of 5 modules has also been launched to further develop the consulting expertise that are critical for all careers. The programme – which is the only one of its kind in Europe – begins online before MBA students start their term, and then progresses into face to face training, treks and employer led workshops.
These programmes help to develop and prepare MBA students to work in prestigious international companies, with a significant number of students being successful in tech careers.
One such student is Daniel Peach, who worked in consulting before he moved into the technology sector with a position at IBM. Daniel’s progress at the company saw him build upon his tech credentials in analytical roles until he took a year out to study at Oxford Saïd.
With the assistance of the Career Development Centre, Daniel secured an internship position at Google, where he worked on a go to market strategy for Google Marketing Platform, a system designed for the tech giant’s largest advertising clients. ‘Oxford Saïd’s relationship with Google was extremely helpful,’ said Daniel. ‘The careers team also gave me some great preparation for the interview – particularly on behavioural aspects.’