Joe Carter, who is midway through his M.B.A. at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., says the GMAC survey seems to match up with what his school tells him and his peers. But he notes that Marymount also stands to gain from reporting optimistic employment statistics.
"Of course, I'm in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area where the recession hasn't hit as hard," he says. "But I haven't heard anyone worry about getting a job, even though it is a lower-tiered school."
Rommin Adl, executive vice president of the international business strategy consulting firm BTS, says he and his colleagues agree with the GMAC survey findings.
"Hiring M.B.A.'s from top business schools is essential to our success. And 2012 is no exception," says Adl, who is based in Stamford, Conn. "We plan to hire even more M.B.A. graduates this year than last year. In fact, we've already begun hiring for the mid-year and expect to extend additional offers throughout 2012."
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