MBA graduates may find things are looking up on the job front in 2012.
According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), 74 percent of businesses plan to hire MBAs this year. That is up from 58 percent in 2011.
The finding forms part of GMAC's 2011 Year-End Poll of Employers which surveys companies who have previously hired graduates or are associated with graduate management programmes.
The poll also asked to share thoughts about hiring international talent. Respondents often cited barriers such as visas and costs, and language or cultural difficulties.
However, companies that were willing to hire internationally, particularly in Europe, associated the wide raning skills, language, mobility and flexibility of international candidates.
GMAC is the owner of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) exam. The GMAT is an important part of the admissions process for more than 5200 graduate management programmes around the world.
All Otago MBA applicants must sit the GMAT to gain a place on the full-time programme.