Employment Opportunities after graduating from SDA Bocconi’s International Master in Business(IMB) program

SDA Bocconi is the leading School of Management in Italy, currently ranked third Business School in Europe by Financial Times and is among the few elite business schools worldwide to have the triple crown accreditation - AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.
The International Master in Business (IMB) program is a specialized master program offered at SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai. The program comprises of two 11-month modules, which includes a four-month semester at the Bocconi Milan campus. Upon graduation the IMB candidates are awarded a Master diploma by SDA Bocconi, Italy and become a part of the global Bocconi Alumni Community.
In this article we will look closely at what were the employment opportunities presented to the batch of IMB 2018-20.
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What was/is the admissions process for IMB?
Candidates must submit their application before the application deadlines with one or more of the accepted entrance test scores (CAT, NMAT, GMAT, GRE or the Bocconi Test), post their application submission their profiles are evaluated holistically, and high caliber students are invited for the personal interview round. The profile-based selection process allows students to showcase their overall candidature beyond just the test scores i.eextra-curriculars,soft skills, leadership potential & community work.
What was Batch profile of IMB 2018-20?
The total batch size was 116 students, with a 1:1 gender ratio. An average age of 24 years, the batch had a distinctive mix of students coming from 19 different Indian States & Union territories. With corporates demanding a more diverse workforce, SDA Bocconi Asia Center presented a great proposition to potential recruiters.
What was the average work experience of IMB 2018-20 batch before joining the program?
The average work experience of the students before joining the program was 1.3 Years. With freshers representing 35% of the batch & 24% of the batch had more than 24 months of work experience. Students had worked for companies like Deloitte, SocieteGenerale Global Solution Centre, KPMG Global Services, Vistara Health & Technology Solutions, Ernst & Young, Consure Medical, Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Accenture Solutions, Cognizant, Kronos Inc, Bharat kanakia, Wipro Technologies, Nokia, Citrix R&D, ITC Grand Chola, MuSigma Business Solutions, Bank of America Continuum India, Teach For India, Tata Motors Finance, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, IBM, Amazon, Ericsson, Berger Paints, Tata Elxsi, UrbanClap, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among others before joining the program.
What isthe highest and average salary offer to the IMB Batch 2018-20?
SDA Bocconi Asia Center has seen a steady increase in the placement figures since its inception in 2012. Even with challenges of Covid being felt across all top institutions, the IMB students rose to the challenge & performed well in their placement season. With the highest salary at 19.8Lpa and the average at 11.8Lpa for the IMB Batch of 2018-20. Please note these figures are not inclusive of international offers.
What is the sector wise representation of the participating companies?
E-Commerce /Retail /Digital Marketing companies led the pack with 25% representation among the recruiters. Consulting(14%), IT / TLC (13%), FMCG / FMCD (11%), Pharma / Healthcare(8%), HR Consulting(7%),Analytics/ Artificial Intelligence/Emerging Technologies(6%), BFSI/ Investment Banking (6%) were some of the other highlights.
What were the roles offered to IMB Students?
Few roles have been listed below according to the functions:
  1. Sales and Marketing – Management Trainee, B2B Sales,  Assistant Category Manager, Area Sales Manager, Associate Engagement Partner, Assistant Brand Manager, Revenue Strategist etc.
  2. Operations: Management Trainee- Commercial and Procurement, Operations Manager, Demand Planning Executive, Project Manager, Principal Analyst etc.
  3. Finance – Management Trainee, Manager Treasury Control, Equity Research Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst etc.
  4. Consulting – Consultant, Associate Consultant, Project Manager, Analyst, Resource Manager etc.
  5. HR – Consultant, Future Business Innovator, Associate Consultant
What are the companies which participated in the placement process at SDA Bocconi Asia Center?
The class of 2020 received offers from industries such as FMCG/FMCD, BFSI, IT/ITES/Telecom, Management Consulting, Manufacturing, Luxury and Retail in functions across Sales & Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources, Analytics, Strategy and Consulting. Over the last five years a number of firms have partnered with SDA Bocconi Asia Center towards their talent requirements and have now made it an annual practice to hire IMB Students.The following companies have either offered jobs or interviewed our students for various opportunities: ABInBev, Bausch + Lomb, BIBA Apparels, BigBasket, BrowserStack, Deloitte USI R&I, Ernst & Young (PI), ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, Nomura, Nykaa, TataCliq, ZS Associates etc.
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Few important links for your reference:
  1. Source of the Placement Statistics for IMB Batch 2018-20: Click here
  2. The latest and previous year placement/internship reports can be found here.
  3. To start your application for SDA Bocconi’s IMB program :Click here
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About the author:
Suganthan Asokan is a BTech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. With over five years of experience of working with renowned companies such as Accenture, the Times of India Group, he is now working as an Assistant Marketing Manager at SDA Bocconi Asia Center. 
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