Individual, Lifelong Career Development
HHL’s Career Development team actively assists you with a well-designed mix of activities right from the beginning of your studies. Our service does not end with your HHL graduation. We continue to support our graduates with our postgraduate career service.
|Personal Development||Assessment tests|
|Individual Career Strategy||Company presentations|
Career Orientation Workshops
|Application Preparation||CV & cover letter writing|
Case study training
|Job Search||On-campus recruiting|
HHL Online Recruiting Platform
Recent Placement Statistics
HHL has a record of placing graduates with prominent firms including Accenture, BASF, Bertelsmann, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, OC&C Strategy Consultants, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, RWE, Siemens, Triumph, ZS Associates and many German medium-sized companies.
After graduating from HHL, international students have the possibility to apply for an 18 months post-study job search visa.
64,900€Average starting salary
(bonuses not included)
95%Employment rate 3
months after graduation
57%Salary increase post-MBA
83% MBA graduates working
in Germany post-MBA
Opportunities for Future Entrepreneurs
More than 250 start-ups have been founded by HHL graduates in the last 15 years making HHL one of the most entrepreneurial business schools in Germany.
Selected by the Financial Times as #1 school for Entrepreneurship two years in a row, HHL is developing its entrepreneurial activities even further, supporting all interested students in already developing their business ideas in the course of the program.
We regularly invite entrepreneurs as well as investors and other key players of the start-up scene to share their experiences with our students. Additionally, HHL wants to foster and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit by several initiatives such as Accelerate@HHL, the International Investors Day or the SpinLab – the HHL Accelerator.
Selection of HHL start-ups
Alumni Networking at HHL
At HHL, we offer more than just a degree from one of the best business schools in Europe. We work hard to foster a strong network of contacts and sustainable friendships. Beyond the campus, there is a “worldwide web” of over 2,000 dedicated alumni and sponsors, working in and representing dozens of countries, and a variety of high-value industries. They hold executive managerial positions and donate their personal time and expertise, as well as financial support to further strengthen HHL and its mission.
Our HHL alumni are recognized members of the HHL community. They foster our network and benefit from it at the same time. Moreover HHL alumni show strong commitment for HHL’s students. They e.g. take part in Alumni Talks and share their experiences in terms of career opportunities with HHL students, they take part in student mentoring programs and open up their companies doors to welcome our students and give them the chance to get insights into daily challenges and to get in touch with HR persons.
HHL students can become members of our Alumni Association right from the beginning of their studies free of charge.
HHL Success Stories
“After seeing Bertelsmann’s on-campus presentation at HHL and learning how interested they are in international profiles, I approached the company representative at the get-together afterwards to learn about internship opportunities in HR. One thing lead to another, and I ended up landing an internship in Talent Management at Bertelsmann’s corporate headquarters. This internship turned into a job offer, and now I am an Associate in Corporate Management Development, focusing on university relations and employer branding. My first day of work was actually coming to HHL to do a company presentation! Talk about full circle!”
Pamela Taylor (USA)
MBA alumna, Director Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition, Bertelsmann, Germany
“Looking back at my decision to choose HHL for postgraduate studies: if I was suppose to choose again I would repeat that decision. For a person who wants to do an MBA course in Germany, on a prestige international business school, in the highly diversified class and in a thriving but charming city such as Leipzig, HHL is the perfect choice. After finishing studies I've successfully shifted my career to the business consulting field, where I am still active.”
Pedja Popic (Serbia)
MBA alumnus, Business consulting professional adviser to the SB of Kerseyco ltd
“Having worked in commercial real estate in the US for most of my career, I was looking for options to move into a new field while continuing to live in Europe. Through connections that were established due to HHL’s strong Entrepreneurship program, and the alumni network, I am now working at trivago GmbH, a leading international travel platform.”
Jonathan Eichelberger (USA)
MBA alumnus, Strategy and Business Development, Trivago GmbH, Germany
“The MBA helped me to enhance knowledge and skills in standard business disciplines in addition to experiencing fields that were completely new to me. I particularly enjoyed entrepreneurial disciplines, not only in theory but also by testing the practical worth of new ideas we developed. The combination of this high class academic program, the international experience and the practical knowledge I had before the studies are the foundation of my professional development.”
Denis Ranke (Germany)
MBA alumnus, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Marketplaces Germany, eBay GmbH, Germany
“I have been accepted by 3 of the best business schools in Germany and I have chosen HHL due to its professors, due to its worldwide prestige in Entrepreneurship and Strategy and finally due to the city. The program was very well structured and allowed me to live a full international experience. Moreover, another reason why I chose HHL for my MBA studies was the possibility to do an internship, as for me doing an internship was of great importance. Firstly, it allowed me to interact with a company of my choice before taking a long term decision about joining them and second, it helped me build a strong bridge to a future career on the German job market.
I did my internship with Continental, in Hannover, in the Brand and Business Management Department of the EMEA tire business and it lasted for six months. After that, my manager gave me the possibility to continue for another three months and develop my master thesis project within her unit. One week after my thesis and my MBA were completed, I was starting my new position as a Corporate Real Estate Manager for Continental AG. The HHL MBA internship proved to deliver my desired outcome and the key ingredient was access to a vast network that HHL has built in Germany and abroad.”
Sebastian Domnariu (Romania)
MBA Alumnus, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Continental, Germany
MBA Ambassador Program: Ask our alumni
Pursuing an MBA at HHL is an exceptional opportunity to fast-track your career. But don't take our word for it! Contact the following alumni to find out all about their experience at HHL and how they were able to launch their successful careers after graduating.
Jin Li (China)
Chain Manager at Huawei
"The MBA program was a great opportunity to switch careers and I am very happy to work in the Supply Chain Management sector. I realized that a good job is not related to the salary, level or any other tangible standards. It should be a place where your personality and ability can be combined well, where you feel cheerful and can keep yourself learning and growing. I am grateful for HHL’s support to make this career progress."
Thilo Wallenstein (Germany)
Analyst at AlixPartners
"With finishing the MBA program, I decided to adjust my career path a bit and moved into consulting. I am currently working for AlixPartners, a global leader for turnaround, restructuring and transformational projects, focusing my work on operations improvement."
Tais Cristina da Costa (Brasil)
“I chose HHL mostly because of the international diversity of the class and the flexibility of the MBA program. I believe HHL provides students with an ideal mix of theory, practice and networking. I am very delighted by how smooth the processes run and by how supportive the university is to the international students. Living in Leipzig has been a very pleasant experience as well, because the city is very welcoming. The warmth of HHL’s staff and students is also shared by the city’s inhabitants!”
Sayantan Chattopadhyay (India)
Expert Business Analysis at IDT Biologika
"I am working as a Business Analysis Expert with IDT Biologika GmbH, a biotechnology company located at Sachsen-Anhalt. My responsibilities among others include valuation, such as M&A, licensing, business expansion, outsourcing etc., annual budgets and management reporting. Increasing efficiency of internal processes related to finance & accounts is also an important part of my work. In whole the work is challenging, at the same time satisfying, both in terms of technical requirement and also in terms of building and maintaining interpersonal relationship and communication."
Suryaprakash Venkateswaran (India)
Lead Consultant at Capgemini
"I am working as a Lead Consultant in Financial services industry in the area of digitalization. I help my clients bridge the gap between business and technology."
Orlando Carrillo Encarnacion (Peru)
Manager Operational Excellence at zooplus AG
"After I finished my MBA I have spent time working as an internal consultant for renowned digital firms in the Fintech and Online Retailing sector where I´m still currently active. The learnings and insights I took from HHL have also allowed me to further develop my own entrepreneurial initiatives in the digital world."
Angel Baca (Mexico)
Head of Programmatic Advertising & Yield Mgmt at ebay
"After my MBA at HHL, I moved to Frankfurt and started working in the banking sector. Due to the quality and good reputation of the MBA program at HHL, I was able to interview with various companies. First, I did an MBA internship at Commerzbank in the area of merger & acquisitions for the Commerzbank Group. Afterwards, I moved to a German asset management company and after four years I switched to my current job as consultant advising large banks on a myriad of topics related to financial services."
Jie (Teri) Yan (China)
Sales Manager at Steigenberger Hotel Group
"I am sales manager for China market at Deutsche Hospitality."