These webpages capture the employment data for the Cambridge MBA class of 2019/20 – our most recently graduated class.
Our recruiters represent a range of leading firms including Amazon, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.
These results confirm the variety of options available to Cambridge MBAs after their studies, and also the established appeal of the versatile Cambridge Master of Business Administration graduates to a wide range of international employers.
We have provided pre-employment data to illustrate the transformative career pathways our students often take.
employed three months out
received job offers after 3 months
countries: post-MBA locations
switched at least country, function or industry
switched all three
average base salary*
*average package salary: £92,784
Companies employing the most Cambridge MBAs
McKinsey & Company
Boston Consulting Group
Thoughts from Margaret O’Neill, Head of CJBS Careers
In one of the most difficult and challenging years the world has seen, we are proud of the tenacity, resilience and determination of our MBA 2019 class, who navigated tumultuous times to achieve their post MBA roles. Eighty-five percent of the class received at least one job offer within three months of graduation, with 83% accepting an offer and 18 successfully working for themselves in their own company straight out of the MBA. Our MBA 2019 graduating class are now working in 22 countries around the globe, with 47% of the class switching to a different location. Ninty-six percent of those seeking jobs switched at least country, function or sector, with 73% switching industry and 84% switching function. Thirty percent managed the triple-jump – switching industry, function and location – down from 43% last year and reflecting the more risk-averse economy the MBA 2019 class entered on graduation.
The unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 saw a cautious recruitment landscape and our students had to adapt quickly to constant change and uncertainty. Our top employers this year were Amazon, McKinsey and BCG, but over 80 organisations recruited from the class. Seventeen percent of job-seekers moved into consulting roles – 84% of whom came from a non-consulting background. Whilst McKinsey and BCG were among our top employers, the consulting sector generally was in ‘wait and see’ mode for most of the year. We are already seeing a bounce back in consulting recruitment this year. The finance sector recruited 30% of our job seekers, whilst the majority – 49% – entered roles in industry. As in previous years technology roles dominated, but there was also a healthy uptake in the healthcare, biotech, and FMCG sectors, reflecting the increased importance of these sectors in the past year.
Now more than ever the world is looking for agile, empathic, collaborative leaders, able to manage complex disruptive change. Our demanding, innovative and experiential MBA allowed our students to develop the toolkit they needed to navigate disruption and manage their careers successfully. We are excited to see the impact they will have in the world and the changes they will bring.
We compile our employment statistics in adherence to MBA CSEA reporting standards. The key data in this report reflects information received from 90% of the class. The ’employed three months out’ figure refers to those students who were seeking employment and excludes sponsored students who returned to their previous job, as well as students who started a business.