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W. P. Carey School recognized for impressive job placement

October 06, 2010

Everyone knows we’re in an incredibly difficult job market right now. However, if you have a recent degree from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, you’re probably doing very well.

The school is announcing it already has an 89-percent job-placement rate for its full-time MBA students who just graduated this May. To put this into perspective, if other schools report the same rates as last year, this would put the W. P. Carey School of Business among the best three placement rates for the top 30 business schools in the country. Other impressive statistics also back up the value of a W. P. Carey School degree.

“We’ve been repeatedly recognized, especially over the past year, with various honors and rankings based on our ability to place our graduates into good jobs, despite the economic turmoil,” said W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “Many of the best-known companies in the world make a point of coming here to recruit students because we have a large volume of hard-working, qualified candidates. In fact, we had 1,300 recruiters and job postings come to the school last year during the height of the recession.”

Arizona State University recently was ranked No. 5 in the nation for recruiter preference. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal survey of top corporate recruiters whose companies hired 43,000 new graduates overall last year.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek also named the W. P. Carey School of Business among the top 20 business schools in the country for “Return on Investment” this year. It found undergraduate students graduating from the W. P. Carey School average an impressive $6.54 in starting salary for every dollar spent on annual tuition.

“We realize that job placement and career counseling have become important parts of the educational experience at universities that really want to see their graduates succeed beyond school,” said Amy Hillman, executive dean of the Carey School. “That’s why, in addition to the university’s main resources, the W. P. Carey School of Business has separate, dedicated graduate and undergraduate business career centers to help our students. We also host numerous career and recruitment events throughout the year, and we even offer career assistance for alums, as well as career Webinars for remote access.”

A couple of weeks ago, the school hosted a career fair in the area of supply chain management, one of its most popular fields for recruiters. The school already has almost a 100-percent job-placement rate for full-time W. P. Carey MBA supply chain students who graduated in May. The career fair for current undergraduates was originally open to only 30 companies, but demand from recruiters pushed it higher. Among the many businesses involved were huge names like Bank of America, Frito-Lay, General Mills, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, Starbucks Coffee Company, Target and US Airways.

Another career event, held just last week, hosted senior IT leaders from major companies, including Intel, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Edward Jones. The annual SPARK event is an opportunity for W. P. Carey School of Business students to have networking “speed dates” with C-level officers during which they can talk about potential career opportunities in the IT field.

“Many people already know we’re one of the best business schools in the country, with both graduate and undergraduate programs ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,” says Mittelstaedt. “However, it’s also good for them to understand that we’re truly educating students in a practical way that results in careers and contribution to society and our economy.”