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According to Dipak Jain, Dean of INSEAD, executives must focus on three A’s to be successful in today’s global economy:  Anticipation, Ambiguity, and Adaptability. During a very engaging and at times humorous talk to over 100 attendees at the recent AESC European Conference in London, Jain drove home the idea that “knowledge comes from analysis, wisdom comes from synthesis.” To support this philosophy, he suggests that business schools today are moving away from a strictly analytical approach, favoring instead experiential and cross cultural learning.
Recent years have been hard on job seekers across a wide spectrum, and recent business school graduates have been no exception to this. The state of the global economy and the resulting shortage of executive job opportunities have led to countless examples of highly educated executives working in roles beneath their qualifications or experience level, or in many cases worse, with business school graduates being unable to find employment of any kind.

However, there are encouraging signs for those graduating in 2011, and indications that the job market they are emerging into will be kinder to them than it was to those who graduated in the years preceding them.

Following on from our post about whether an Ivy League degree is worth the investment, IvyExec’s Founder and CEO Elena Bajic was invited by CNBC to debate the pros and cons. See below for the top four reasons given by Elaine Bajic why Ivy League education is valuable to executives:
  1. An Ivy League degree serves as a pre-screener for executive recruiters and hiring managers
Every executive thinks about further education at least once in their career, contemplating when they should study and if it is worth the investment.

In response to CNBC's question, Is an Ivy League Diploma worth the cost of admission? Elena Bajic, founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, responded, “An Ivy League education makes a candidate stand out, even before a recruiter talks to them.” In application to executive education the same standard applies across the world, executive recruiters take note of professionals who attended the best schools and corporations often have direct hiring connections with the same insitutions.

Quckly improve your LinkedIn profile with 5 key tips from Louise Kursmark, Director of BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS), for anyone wishing to leverage the power of their LinkedIn profile:

Asian MBA (AMBA) 1st Annual Career Expo – Sept 2009

A sponsor receives an executive resume from an Asian MBA at the AMBA career expo
The exchange between the hiring companies and the MBA's was extremely positive