By Jeffrey Owens, ADvent Group RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The ACCESS MBA One-To-One tour – MBA Exclusive – is coming to São Paulo and to Rio de Janeiro, March 9th and 11th. As the recruitment sector and financial markets become increasingly globalized, interest in Management Studies is at an all-time high. And the MBA degree is still the best key to fighting the crisis! 74 percent of companies are planning to hire MBA graduates in 2013 MBA EXCLUSIVE: The ACCESS MBA One-to-One Tour is coming to the Golden Tulip Ipanema hotel in Rio de Janeiro on March 11th, photo by ADvent Group. MBA Graduates Will Earn More in 2013! Getting an MBA will give you the best possible chance to access top-level jobs and increase your salary. According to a 2012 GMAC survey of 229 companies, eighty percent of employees in senior positions would not have earned their position without an MBA. Furthermore, the survey found that 93 percent of graduates of the top hundred programs found a permanent contract even before receiving their degree. But there is even better news: Companies are planning to recruit more MBA graduates in 2013 than in 2012 – 74 percent compared with 58 percent! An average salary of US$117,000 per year According to the latest Financial Times survey, the average salary of recent graduates of the top hundred worldwide MBA programs is US$117,000. One third of companies that recruit MBA graduates are planning to increase their entry salaries in 2013, whilst 65 percent will maintain the salaries offered in 2012 (source: Graduate Management Admissions Council). Though an MBA costs between €20,000 and €40,000, Business Week says that graduates of the best European business schools see a major return on investment in less than five years. Leading graduates to international careers in management or enabling them to change the direction of their career in numerous ways, the MBA is without a doubt the anti-crisis diploma. “Today an MBA is essential for obtaining the highest managerial positions, but the degree also enables graduates to take a significant turn in their career without having previous experience in finance, strategy, consulting or business, for example,” says Christophe Coutat, General Director of the ACCESS MBA. Studying in Brazil or abroad? The globalization of the past ten years has opened the MBA market to European as well as U.S. business schools. This is largely due to the diversity of the student body of European schools. As much as 95 percent of foreign students make up the MBA student population at schools like IE Business School, which has the eighth best worldwide MBA program according to the Financial Times. The ACCESS MBA One-to-One Tour is an opportunity to meet admissions representatives to top MBA programs, photo by ADvent Group. Cultural diversity is not only a sign of quality education; it also creates wider networking opportunities after degree completion. Another major advantage to international programs is the possibility of finding jobs in different countries. MBA study can be done in several locations, as is the case of Hult Business School which, in addition to the United States, has opened campuses in London, Dubai, Shanghai and locally in São Paulo. Thanks to these global MBA programs, you can benefit from an enriching experience on another continent and have a greater chance of finding the job of your dreams and quickly reimbursing your studies. Manchester Business School for example offers students a practical program that introduces them to the countries’ job market via internships and partnerships with local businesses which is an advantage if your plan is to migrate to the UK. A school like IMD in Switzerland on the other hand offers a top ranked global MBA to its students, and helps them build entrepreneurial skills through personalized coaching along with connections to global business through work study trips to countries like China as part of their full time one year degree. If you want to stay in Brazil you can still consider a world class MBA via a distance learning program like the one presented by European University whose campus is in both Spain and Switzerland. This online MBA can be completed at home but still gives you access to the international staff of professors and quality curriculum you would have in the full time program. Finally if you are considering a full time investment in your life, think about location. Where would you like to live for a year or two? The Lisbon MBA in Portugal could be a great option for Brazilian students. The quality of life and beauty of a city like Lisbon, the cultural comfort of living in a Portuguese speaking country, along with a world renowned MBA in direct partnership and professor exchange with the MIT in Boston’s Sloan School of Management offers you the best of all worlds. One-to-One meetings: the first step to admission The Access MBA Tour is an original and efficient way to find the right MBA. Created nine years ago, the renowned MBA Tour travels to fifty cities every year with a hundred international business schools. Access MBA gives selected candidates the chance to meet individually with Admissions Directors of top-tier MBA programs. Access MBA is based on a simple and original concept: twenty minutes to convince recruiters of your suitability for admission as well as to determine which MBA program is the best for you. Being held for the fifth time in São Paulo and for the third time in Rio de Janeiro, representatives of Full Time, Part Time or Distance Learning programs will be present at the One-to-One event on March 9th and March 11th. “It is a unique experience and so much better than a traditional fair where you often feel a bit lost. Here we are guided, accompanied and individually oriented at each step. The individual meetings enabled me to think in more detail about what I want and now I know where I wish to apply,” explains Jose, who participated in last year’s event in Rio. How can you take advantage of Access MBA’s exclusive services? All you have to do is register online on www.accessmba.com and bring your CV/resume to the event. Practical Information: São Paulo Saturday, March 9th 9:30 AM to 4PM Tivoli Sao Paulo – Mofarreij Rio de Janeiro Monday, March 11th 5PM to 9:30 PM Golden Tulip Ipanema Mandatory registration on www.accessmba.com Places for the One-to-One meetings are limited, and registration is free of charge. Each event participant has access to: • Personalized meetings with admissions directors from the best worldwide MBA programs • Orientation sessions, practice GMAT tests and thematic conferences • Newspapers, coffee and helpful event assistance • An MBA Reach Account (worth US$35) which includes practice GMAT test and unlimited access to MBA search tools • A specialized guide of 150 pages containing articles, school profiles and rankings Special offer for The Rio Times’s readers: Bring a qualified colleague or friend to the event and receive a one-hour personalized coaching sessions after the event! * This is a paid Advertorial for Access MBA Tour. 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