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Nearly half of business school students want jobs where they can work remotely – FE News

  • 49% want hybrid work (on-site and remote) in any role
  • On-site work is the least preferred option for students (24%)
  • A quarter (26%) would not work for an employer that does not offer remote work

Majority of business school students about to enter the job market want positions offering part-time or full-time remote work, new research from Highered, the business’s online careers platform, reveals. ‘EFMD.

Surveyed by 1,041 business school students globally, nearly a third (27%) want full remote work. While 26% said they wouldn’t work for an employer that didn’t offer remote work, more than half (53%) said they would. 21% said they didn’t know at this point.

“Having studied remotely for much of the Covid pandemic, students are looking to continue this way of working in their careers,” said Amber Wigmore Alvarez, director of talent at Highered. “It’s an undeniable trend and it’s the future of recruiting business school graduates,” she adds.

Respondents were asked about the perceived benefits of working remotely, with the top three reasons being “flexibility to live where I want” (35%), “flexibility with family commitments” (16%) and “flexibility of work on my own schedule. ‘ (15%).

In contrast, the top perceived disadvantages of fully remote and hybrid/partially remote working were “lack of work-life balance” (21%), “pressure to work outside normal hours” ( 16%) and “isolation/loneliness” (14%).

“Self-motivation” (35%) was seen by respondents as the most important personal tribute to remote and hybrid/partially remote working. Next come “flexibility and adaptability” (14%), “discipline” (13%) and “time management” (10%).

More than half of respondents believe business schools equip them with enough skills to lead remote teams (52%), although almost a third (28%) believe this is not the case.

“The majority of respondents (45%) felt there were enough fully remote and hybrid/partially remote jobs in their fields of work. From our observations with the employers we work with, the majority of corporate recruiters are adapting to hybrid or even fully remote working methods,” comments Amber Wigmore Alvarez.

When asked what they would like to see business schools do to help them prepare for remote work, the top responses were “access to short workshops, courses, or training on business skills” ( 64%), “the integration of vocational skills into degree programs”. (64%), “internship opportunities” (60%) and “availability of consultancy projects” (54%).

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