The CIMBA survey shows that an MBA still represents an added value for finding work and advancing one’s career.

How does attending a Master’s degree in Business Administration affect your ability to find a job and advance your career? CIMBA has carried out a survey of course participants from 2010 to the present, both part-time and full-time, highlighting that an MBA is still a significant springboard.

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For example, 98% of full-time MBA students find a job within six months of the end of their training, while 90% of part-time graduates benefit from a career step within two years of completing their Master’s degree.

“These figures – commented Cristina Turchet, associate director of Cimba – show how the study programme and the international context to which our students are exposed represent a true agent of change in people, both in their abilities and in their expectations, and at the same time offer important opportunities for career advancement. These are often the result of a new ability on the part of the manager to select and seize opportunities, choosing the work contexts that are most suited to his or her characteristics.

As far as the positions occupied by students at the end of the MBA course are concerned, the survey shows a 24% marketing/sales area, followed by general management and operations/logistics. In addition, 17% play a role in finance/accounting, while consulting, IT, lean/six sigma appear to a lesser extent.

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Another advantage of the MS in alternation, to be able to justify a more important professional experience than a simple training course. “The alternation allows the student to be in contact from the beginning with the work environment he wishes to access,” comments Jérôme Gallo of the Burgundy School of Business group. “This formula is more appropriate for those who are stressed by the prospect of staying between 6 and 8 months exclusively on school benches. The immediate professional perspective of what we learn in class is another asset. Alternating periods in companies and periods in training centres brings a much more convincing one than the only internship, however long it may be.

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This system also has the advantage of putting academic knowledge into practice. “For each training course, work-linked training is an interesting device, since it makes it possible to better combine the acquisition of knowledge and the acquisition of skills with practice,” comments Walter Baets of Kedge BS. What we learn in class applies the next day in the company. This class/practice interaction is a real pedagogical tool”. Yes, but in which case to opt for alternation? “It’s a popular route,” admits Walter Baets. “But you choose to alternate if you have the opportunity and the courage to do so.