The question is often asked: “what do Lauder graduates do after graduation?” This is quite a difficult question to answer because before, during and after the Lauder Institute experience, students have very literally covered the world. From Argentina to Yugoslavia, the graduates and current students have come from, worked during summers in, and gone on to careers in many, many countries. Lauder graduates have lived and worked in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.
The companies with the largest number of Lauder graduates around the world include the leading consulting firms and banks (e.g. McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Citi). Lauder graduates also become entrepreneurs, work in private equity, the tech sectors and the world of non-profits. When and where this happens…depends. The largest populations of Lauder graduates outside of the United States are: Hong Kong, London, Singapore, San Paulo and Tokyo. Some students who undertake international assignments do so in a country that corresponds to their Lauder language. Yet, because they have all had cultural training and can adapt to new cultures, our graduates are also able to work in a country which does not correspond to any language they speak. The graduates working in those non-matching locations include examples such as a man from the French track who also spoke Spanish who just moved to Singapore to worked for LinkedIn, a Lithuanian man who went to Korea and worked for Samsung for three years following his graduation, a French woman who was in the German program who lived in Moscow for years running an art and then a landscaping business; a woman in the Russian program who moved to Brazil to work in the mining business; and a Brazilian woman who was in the Spanish program and is doing a rotational program for Siemans which enabled her to spend the first rotation in Germany and the second in China!
Because many Lauder graduates have had the experience of working outside of the United States prior to business school, some want to work in the United States for several years before taking international assignments. And sometimes, Lauder graduates work for many years in the United States and then have an overseas assignment. My favorite recent example of this involves a woman who was in the Chinese program who has lived in New York since 1987 when she graduated. She has worked for several companies…most of them international. She just moved to China to become the Head of Conde Nast.
Having been at Lauder since the first class graduated, the position of Director of Admissions and External Affairs has changed over the years. There were no alumni when I began here…so “external” affairs had more to do with companies than alumni. Now “external” has more to do with people I have known. One of my favorite things to do is visit with former students when I travel and, at the same time, introduce alums to each other in regions where I travel.
By Marcy Bevan, Director of Admissions and External Affairs