A. 2008 MBA Graduate Employment Highlights
It was a bit of a difficult year for graduates seeking jobs this year, particularly in the field of investment banking. Although most of the sub-prime mortgage troubles happened in the United States, many Asian operations took a wait-and-see attitude with regard to new hires. Job offers also took a bit longer to be made.

In spite of the challenging market, 75% of HKUST full-time MBA graduates found jobs within three months following completion of their studies, reflecting that there is still a healthy demand for HKUST MBA graduates in the face of economic uncertainty.

Where Employed
Of the graduates reporting employment, 56% were hired by the finance sector. The vast majority of these work in investments-related positions such as equity research, fund management, investment analysis, etc. A small number are in consumer finance and real estate financing.

12.5% of the graduates were hired into consulting companies. 12.5% joined industrial manufacturing and 12.5% joined technology companies, in planning and business development roles.

Career Changes
Nearly 60% of the employed embarked on a different career path - such as from engineering to finance (12% ), or engineering to general management (8%) , or consumer to finance (6%). A number of graduates transitioned from professional services such as accounting/audit to investment advisory roles in asset management firms (12%). Strong transferable skills and commitment contributed to their successful transition.

The average salary reported to the MBA Career Office was HK$570,688, or HK$47,557 per month. For many, this represented at least a doubling of their pre-MBA salary.

Nearly 70% are employed in Hong Kong, 15% on the Mainland and 15% in other countries (Europe, US, Japan, India).

The average Hong Kong salary of HK$596, 880 (HK$49,740 per month) is slightly higher than the class average, while the average salary for those working in Mainland China is RMB 434,113 (RMB 36,176 per month). The average annual salary of those employed in different countries outside our two main job markets was (equivalent) HK$586,700.

AAStocks International Limited


Aetos Capital LLC

AIF Capital Ltd

AIA Hong Kong

Argyle Street Management Ltd

AXA China Region Insurance Company Ltd

Arthur D. Little

Banco Santander SSA

Baxter Healthcare Ltd


British American Tobacco Hong Kong
Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank

China International Capital Corporation Ltd

China Merchants Group


Clinton Global Initiative

Credit Suisse

Cushman & Wakefield Capital Asia Ltd


Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Post World Net Business Consulting GmbH

eBay Hong Kong

Edmond De Rothschild Asset Management HK Ltd

Education First

Emerson Network


Fortis Bank Asia HK

Franklin Templeton Investments (Asia) Ltd

Fusion Consulting

Givenchy Asia Pacific (LVMH Group)

Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT)

Global Payments Inc

Global Sources

Goldman Sachs

Google China


HKUST R & D Corporation (Guangzhou) Ltd

Hongkong Sales (Knitwear) Ltd

HSBC Group

HSBC Investment

HSZ Group


ICS Trust

iTM Ventures Inc

Ivory Capital


Jones Lang LaSalle


Lehman Brothers

Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Asia) Ltd

LVMH Asia Pacific Ltd



Mercer HR Consulting

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Ltd

Methanex Asia Pacific Ltd

Microsoft HK Ltd

MIH Asia

Modern Terminals Ltd

Monitor Group

Morgan Stanley

Noble Group

Nomura Int'l (HK) Ltd

Pan Asian Mortgage Company Ltd

Pantheon Capital (Asia) Ltd

Pearson Education Asia Limited



Principal Financial Group

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

RT Sourcing Asia Ltd

Sal. Oppenheim (Hong Kong) Limited

Salzer Consulting

Shun Tak Holdings Ltd


Societe Generale

Sony Pictures Entertainment Hong Kong

Spectrum Strategy Consultants

Standard & Poor's

Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd

Swiss Reinsurance Co

Techtronic Industries

Texas Pacific Group

Turner Entertainment


Watson Wyatt

Wang & Li Asia Resources