KPMG International has conducted its third annual survey of business students studying at some of the world’s leading universities in 23 different countries.
KPMG International has conducted its third annual survey of business students studying at some of the world’s leading universities in 23 different countries. Ninety-three per cent of the students, all on the verge of entering the workforce, said that they were concerned about the impact of ongoing geopolitical risk and instability on their careers. Despite this finding, respondents maintained a global outlook, with 89 per cent saying they would be prepared to move regularly to a different country for the right job opportunity. Eighty per cent also said that they expected to work in three to six countries during their career.
This year’s survey also revealed that 70 per cent of students would consider working for the same company for their entire career, with 20 per cent even saying it was likely or indeed very likely.
The students also showed they have a focus on the future. In fact, 64 per cent already have a clear idea of what profession they want to work in. Finance (37 per cent) and professional services (27 per cent) were two industries that the students indicated as most desirable to them.
Pierre Portelli, tax and HR partner at KPMG in Malta, remarked: “It is heartening to see that our sector appeals to, and is likely to attract, new graduates who want to work with us. We are always on the lookout for talented people who are passionate about what they do. Our recruitment efforts extend beyond our shores and today we have employees of many different nationalities.
“The survey results indicate that new graduates are open to venture outside their home countries where they see bright prospects for their careers. We naturally welcome prospective employees with such ambitions.”
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