Human resources managers seeking staff with drive and initiative have found graduates of the university often meet their needs. Irene Ho, human resources director for international consulting group KPMG, knows what she wants in fresh graduates. 'They must be able to communicate. They must be open and enthusiastic. We are not looking for textbook students. We want those that can show initiative as well as achieve academically,' she said. According to studies compiled by the HKUST accounting school, more than 95 per cent of its students obtain employment shortly after graduation, often with leading accountancy and consulting firms. Last year, nearly half of the graduating students were employed by the 'big six' accountancy agencies, while the remaining graduates were split between local accounting firms and the private sector. So far this year, more than 40 per cent of graduates have started working with the 'big six'. Ms Ho said many of the university's graduates had the skills to do well in the job market.