Startups are getting increased attention from MBAs and they’re apparently returning the love, according to a new survey. Business schools report that the largest increase in MBA recruiting activity this past year came not from large or mid-sized companies but from firms that were less than a year old.
The survey, based on responses from 84 business schools, was published July 22 by the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, an association of business school career management offices and companies who hire MBA students. The findings show that both on-campus recruiting opportunities and full-time job postings have increased for most schools worldwide in the past year.
But nowhere was that increase greater than in start-up companies. Some 57% of the business schools responding to the survey said that companies in business for 12 months or less had increased their full-time recruiting of MBAs, compared to 41% of large companies with 500 or more employees (see table below).