What opportunities after a business school?

21 Oct 2019


Graduates of a business school have no difficulties to enter the job market, as shown by employment rate surveys made public. At IPAG, the rate of young graduates finding a job within 6 months after graduating is 99%. Depending on the degree (Grande École Programme, BTS, Bachelor, BBA, MBA), the chosen specialisation and their profile, these students who enter the workplace work in various sectors. Check out a brief overview of job opportunities and jobs held by young people – or not so young – alumni of major business schools…


Sales job


All companies, regardless of their field, need salespeople to sell their products and grow. Often, functions of sector manager, sales manager or business developer are occupied by graduate students from leading business schools. With the rise of e-commerce, young professionals who have followed a training focused on digital during their curriculum are now getting key positions faster. In addition, for those who are considering a career as a manager in international business, many specific courses available soon after the baccalaureate deliver a 3-year degree (Bachelor of International Trade) or 5-year Master degree (International Management specialisation of the Grande École Programme).


Marketing and communication jobs


Many marketing professions are within the reach of young workers who are just emerging from their higher education: product manager, head of studies, marketing and communication project manager, digital brand manager, etc. These professions are constantly evolving since the advent of digital. Nowadays, the major management schools meet the needs of companies by offering their students specific specialisations for each of their programme. At IPAG, young graduates can specialise in communication and digital marketing.


Finance, accounting, and management trades


Whether in the financial sector, in the fields of accounting or management, the jobs are as many as diverse: financial auditor, risk manager, management controller, acquisition advisor, salesman, portfolio manager, trader, accountant, auditor, asset manager… Career prospects are good and these positions can be in private companies, in an administration, a bank or an audit firm. To train professionals in these areas, know that some schools of business and management offer customisable courses to their students. This is the case at IPAG, during the Master cycle there is a wide range of major and minor in management sciences, accounting, and finance to match the career goal of each. The combination of these different lessons allows the student to acquire the essential skills that apply to these jobs.


Opportunities in Human Resources field


The human resources departments are today halfway between management, law and strategy. HR services not only look after recruitment or pay but also take care of employee training, social relations, respect for diversity in the company, etc. That's why companies today rely on graduates from a management school to hold the positions of HR manager (then HR director), campus manager, head of international mobility, director of internal communication, diversity manager or even chief happiness manager. In 3 years (for the Bachelor in Accounting and HR Management) or in 5 years (for those who have chosen the specialisation in HR Management of the Grande École Programme), students of IPAG can prepare for a great career in this field.


International management jobs


If the programmes offered by the top management or business schools prepare you all, or almost, to become a manager, some allow you to specialise in international management. At IPAG, the specialisation in international management (100% in English) of the Grande École Programme is the best route to consider a career as a top international manager. Business development manager, commercial strategy manager, international brand manager, export manager... are as many positions you can access after quality studies in a business school in France or abroad.




More and more students have the ambition to become company buyer, founder, or company manager. These jobs can not be improvised, which is why young people who have the entrepreneurship spirit can enter in specific programmes that train specialists in entrepreneurial management at 360-degree (see specialisation “Entrepreneurship” of the IPAG Grande École Programme). Beyond these courses, the presence of a dynamic incubator within a business school is a real asset for students who have a business project to develop.


To conclude: this list, which is obviously not exhaustive, could be achieved by hundreds of other jobs in hundreds of other sectors. Given the diversity of what alumni of business schools work nowadays, let us remember one thing: business schools in fact prepare for all jobs a company can offer, or almost.