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Imperial MBA graduates realise career aims with their enhanced innovative and entrepreneurial skillsets.

One of the primary reasons to undertake an MBA is to advance your career and set yourself apart. The Imperial Full-Time MBA helps ensure our graduates achieve their career goals from day one. Whether our MBAs are looking to secure a promotion, change sector or set up a new business, our Career and Professional Development Service helps them realise their leadership potential and take the next step in their career.

“The Career and Professional Development Service really helped me to create an action plan and strategy for tackling my career objectives after the MBA,” says Andrea Solana, a 2014 Full-Time MBA graduate. “If I ever had questions or was looking for resources, they were able and available to help me.”

It’s a sentiment that is replicated across the 2014 cohort and borne out by the School’s most recent data about 2014 Full-Time MBA graduates. 91% were employed within three months of graduating.

Throughout their time at the Business School, MBA students undertake a Personal Leadership Journey which equips them with the skills necessary to stand out in the post-MBA job market. The School’s Career and Professional Development team help students identify their areas for growth or building of new skills and enable each student to take charge of their development path, ensuring that each of our graduates are shaped into visionary business leaders.

For Maria Ximena Guzman, a current Full-Time MBA student, the advantages of the Personal Leadership Journey cemented her decision to study with Imperial College Business School. “The Personal Leadership Journey was one of the reasons I decided to come to Imperial College Business School,” she explains. “Because we are a small cohort I had the opportunity to really develop a personal relationship with my career coach, making the most out of my time and all the resources available.

During their time at the Business School, MBAs are also encouraged to approach business problems through a fusion of intelligent business and technology, cultivating their entrepreneurial mindset and ability to think innovatively. The formation of these skills has obvious advantages for those students who graduate into start-up companies but, as the business world adapts to capitalise on technological advances, also offers those that pursue careers within large corporates significant advantages over their peers.

Mark Davies, Employer Relations Manager at Imperial College Business School observes, “One notable recent trend is for large consultancies to set up specialist ‘Digital’ arms in order to meet the demand from clients to transform their traditional business models for the modern digital age. These are often staffed, operated and marketed in a very different way to other parts of their organisation. This creates a ‘jeans and t-shirt’ start-up culture, as opposed to the strategy consulting ‘suit and tie’.”

Just as Imperial students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries, the destinations of MBAs are equally as broad. Top recruiters revealed by this year’s statistics include Deloitte, Barclays and IT services company IGATE and the sectors that graduates moved into range from consulting to technology to energy.

If you are looking for an MBA that can transform your career and are interested in joining Imperial’s diverse network of brilliant minds, there are limited places left on the Full-Time MBA starting in September 2015. You can also find more information on the career support MBAs receive throughout the programme.

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