April 13, 2021

The 50 most attractive employers for business students around the world

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  • Employer branding company Universum just released this year’s World’s Most Attractive Employers.
  • For the 12th annual ranking, Universum surveyed students from the 12 biggest economies to find out what kind of employers they would like to work for upon graduation.
  • Find out which employers business students across the globe aspire to work for. 
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Business students around the world are looking to work at innovative tech companies and automakers in addition to banking companies and consulting firms.

Employer branding company Universum just released its annual World’s Most Attractive Employers ranking. This is the 12th year that Universum surveyed students from the 12 countries with the biggest economies to find out what kind of employers they would like to work for upon graduation.

The company asked nearly 109,000 business students what companies and organizations they think are the most attractive employers. To do this, Universum asked students to name up to five of their ideal employers. Per Universum, companies must be listed and ranked among the most attractive employers in at least six of the 12 countries to be considered for this global ranking. The results were weighted based on the country’s gross domestic product.

Google was the most attractive employer for business students, as it was last year. However, this year’s ranking shows business students are also interested in working for companies outside traditional professional services and consulting firms. This includes well-known automakers like BMW Group and Toyota.

Business students also are seeking to work for employers that offer high future earnings and a friendly work environment. 

It is important to note that polling conducted by Universum took place between October and April, with the majority of polling ending in February or March. Therefore, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on these companies and students’ opinions are not clearly represented in the ranking. 

Read on to see the most attractive employers for business students in the 12 largest economies.