Employers looking for the best MBA talent met with students of Lagos Business School today to discuss career choices and interview for job openings during the eleventh MBA career fair at the School.
The career fair is a recruitment and networking event that presents a platform for specially selected corporate organisations to interact with the MBA students. The fair is an annual event for employers seeking competent managers with strong values. Over 70 different organisations have participated in the career fairs over the years with a good number attending more than once, and students recruited in previous years forming part of the recruitment team for their organisations at subsequent fairs.
The eleventh edition attracted 22 companies who interacted with the MBA students scheduled to conclude their programme in July, and first-year candidates proceeding on summer internships.
Welcoming employers to the School, Dean of LBS, Dr Enase Okonedo, said the MBA programme has been carefully structured to provide a solid foundation in general management for the young professional who aspires to a career in management.
“Our MBA students represent a generation of young Nigerians eager and equipped to contribute to building great organisations as our MBA programme is geared towards successfully grooming competent and qualified managers with the right attitudes and ethical values critical for sustainable business success in emerging markets,” she said.
LBS MBA Director, Dr Nubi Achebo joined the dean of the School in welcoming all participants to the fair. In his address, he highlighted the renewed preference for quality local talent and the importance of social media in talent acquisition.
Achebo said, “Over the years, we have built a strong brand and reputation for producing managers who will add immense value to organisations”. He encouraged the representatives of the participating companies to interact with the best and brightest future managers.
Mr John-Paul Ugbe, Employer Brand Manager for Unilever, described the day as successful. Having attended the career fair in 2012, he observed an improvement in the comportment and quality of interactions with the students as they asked more developmental questions showing the depth of their professional maturity.
Other employers at the fair were Airtel Networks Limited, BASF West Africa Limited, Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, Cormart Nigeria Limited, FBN Capital Limited, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, IBM West Africa and KPMG.
Also in attendance were Lexcel Group, Oando Marketing Plc, Procter & Gamble Nigeria, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Schneider Electric Nigeria, Simba Group, The Candel Company Limited, Total Nigeria Plc, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Standard Chartered Bank and Swift Networks.
The fair came to an end on a high note as the MBA students were impressed about this year’s fair; bringing employers from a wide range of industry sectors. The companies who participated today also expressed satisfaction with the quality of MBA students interviewed.