Post-graduation Career Opportunities
INSEAD Career Development Centre
Post-graduation Career Opportunities
You can find a list of companies recruiting at INSEAD in the latest Employment Statistics, which is also available online. The majority of these companies are regular recruiters on campus or companies at which INSEAD Career Development Centre have established relationships.
Salary and benefits packages vary widely across industries, companies and regions. Please refer to our latest Employment Statistics for detailed salary information of the last two graduating classes.
You will find detailed insight into our graduates’ career, function and location changes in our latest Employment Statistics. Naturally, some career changes can be made more easily than others and are influenced by previous professional experiences, knowledge of the market, languages, etc. For those who are interested in making a career switch to banking specifically, it is recommended that you secure a summer internship with a financial institution or investment bank. For other sector or functional moves, graduates need to identify these career goals early on and work in conjunction with Career Development staff to prepare for these transitions.
Some recruiters see an intrinsic value in hiring international graduates and are used to securing work permits for employees. For other recruiters, it depends on whether the skills you have are in demand in that specific geography (language abilities, experience in certain markets, etc.) to justify the extra burden of obtaining working papers. The delay in obtaining a work visa can vary considerably, and is impacted by both the applicant’s own nationality and the country in which the applicant wishes to work. There are some countries for which working papers may be more easily obtained for INSEAD graduates. You will have an opportunity to receive more information on work permits when on campus.
What are my chances of working in Asia if I am based on the Europe campus? What are my chances of finding a job in Europe/U.S. if I am based on the Asia campus?
Your chances of finding a job have more to do with your skills, experience and potential than your campus location. The Career Development team is well integrated across both locations and provides the same tools, coaching, and resources, irrespective of whether you are studying in Fontainebleau or Singapore. Career Development strongly recommends that you start networking in your target region early on and choose your campus for the peak recruiting season accordingly. On-campus recruiting is not generally impacted by location, as all companies recruiting from INSEAD must include students from both campuses in their recruitment campaign. Of course there may be exceptions where recruiters in the different regions have separate processes but they can also use the video and telephone conference facilities located on both campuses, to conduct interviews with students, regardless of location. Being based in the region where you ultimately want to work does obviously increase opportunities for networking, which can translate into a higher likelihood of securing the job you want.
How and when do financial institutions and investment banks recruit from INSEAD? What should I do if I am graduating in July?
Most financial institutions, including investment banks, recruit on campus twice a year. Some may come only once and conduct both full-time and summer internship recruitment at the same time. Whatever the case, the two classes are considered. In case a financial institution recruits through summer internships only, the July MBAmay be given the option to do his/her internship after graduation. We strongly advise students interested in investment banking careers, from both classes, to attend the investment banking training workshops offered in the first few weeks upon arrival on campus.
The delay in obtaining a visa can vary considerably, and is impacted by both the applicant’s
own nationality and the country in which the applicant wishes to work. There are some countries for which working papers may be more easily obtained for INSEAD graduates. You will have an opportunity to receive more information on work permits when on campus.
Companies recruiting at INSEAD prefer that you wait and go through the process when on-campus. By that time, you will have more information through company presentations, speaking with alumni who work at these companies or in the industry, and through your classmates who may be able to give you additional insights.
Our career opportunities are identical across both intakes. Whether you join in September or January, you will begin working with the Career Development team early on to prepare for the next step in your career. Those interested in a career in investment banking are strongly encouraged to consider the January intake, as investment banks hire full-time positions primarily through their summer associate programmes.
Opportunities for the two intakes are comparable, with one notable exception - major investment banks currently recruit primarily for their summer associate programme as an entry point for full-time positions. This is more conducive to the January intake which offers the opportunity for a summer internship.
The internship period at INSEAD is only 6 weeks. Are companies interested in hiring someone for 6 weeks? How easy is it to find a summer internship position?
Recruiters who are interested in hiring INSEAD MBAs follow this timeline and arrange special projects to accommodate our students’ schedule. INSEAD has a number of companies recruiting on campus for summer internships, additionally, a significant number of internship opportunities are listed on our job posting platform. For the full list of all companies that hired for summer internships in the last two classes please refer to the Employment Statistics. However, it is important to note that working permits/visas can be an impediment to securing an internship with a company, given the short duration of the internship.
I am a company-sponsored student but would be interested in participating in an internship at another company? Is that possible?
INSEAD does not restrict students in their choice of company for their summer internship. However, Career Development would recommend that you speak first with your sponsoring company to discuss this option.
INSEAD Career Development Centre
We regret that Career Development staff is unable to meet with candidates before the start of the programme. However, once on campus, MBA Career Development Centre offers a wide range of training and several opportunities for counselling sessions.
Once you are admitted, you will have immediate access to the CV formats used at INSEAD and are encouraged to begin thinking about your résumé prior to coming on campus. During your first few months on campus, there are specific workshops to help you prepare and update your CVs; after these events, you may also receive one-on-one counselling sessions with Career Development staff to enhance your CV further.
Yes, but we recommend you discuss this first with your sponsoring company.
The INSEAD Alumni network currently consists of more than 43.000 INSEAD Alumni - including MBA and Executive degree Alumni, living and working in over 160 countries. For more information, visit our MBA Alumni pages.
Attending one of our events is a good way to meet and network with MBA Alumni. In addition, we suggest tapping into your own networks (LinkedIn, Facebook etc.). You can also contact our National Alumni Association network.