One of the motivating factors for many students looking to pursue a Full-Time MBA is the expectation and hope that it will be the catalyst for a significant shift in career trajectory.
Whether that’s staying in the same field and advancing to more senior roles, or more drastic moves like a complete change of industry, function, location – or all three!
If you’re taking a year to commit to Imperial’s Full-Time MBA, then you’re 100% focused on launching into the next phase of your career development; be that as an entrepreneur, industry specialist, or global leader. So it’s essential you’re able to make the most out of every opportunity as an MBA student.
That’s where Careers comes in.
Weaved into the fabric of the Full-Time MBA programme, the Careers support provided to MBA students is pivotal in helping you prepare for the future and successfully meet your aspirations. Your Careers support covers a number of areas, with each student assigned a personal Career Consultant from day one who offers coaching and advice throughout the year, tailored to your individual career needs.
Full-Time MBA 2020-21 student Aoife Considine found this individual level of support to be invaluable:
The best part of the Full-Time MBA Careers offering is the one-to-one Careers Consultant that you’re given. It’s directly because of this that I secured my dream role post-MBA, and the preparation that was done with me beforehand was pivotal in me securing that role.
A core aspect of the programme which helps you to design and implement an effective career strategy is the Personal Leadership Journey. This unique module is embedded into the year-long programme, and gives you an insight into your leadership style, strengths and areas for improvement through a range of activities including reflective exercises and one-to-one meetings. This aspect of the programme was important to Sean Whittaker, Full-Time MBA 2020-21:
It was important to me to study on a programme that prioritised leadership development and the development of soft skills, as well as the technical skills required to lead an organisation.
These areas of individual focus and self-improvement are accompanied by group-orientated workshops and networking opportunities, which help build on existing skillsets and work on areas such as personal branding, public speaking, interview/assessment centre performance and salary negotiation. All of this takes place among a cohort of talented like-minded individuals, with networking events providing further opportunities to meet with high-profile alumni and potential future employers. Morgan Mixon, Full-Time MBA 2020-21, has taken full advantage of these workshops during her time on the programme:
Careers workshops allow you to dive into the nitty-gritty so that you can put your best foot forward in your job search. From salary negotiation, to building my personal brand, I’ve always walked away with something practical to take forward.
No matter what industry or position our students aspire to, the Full-Time MBA programme has been designed to provide the full spectrum of resources, support, and opportunities required for them to succeed and leave the programme ready to maximise their leadership potential.
Find out more about past students’ success and how Careers support impacts them post-MBA in our most recent employment report: