Developing Leaders

The Leeds Executive MBA is a decisive step in your career

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Professional development on the Leeds Executive MBA

You are an individual with your own career aspirations and goals – so we take a person-centred approach. Our professional development programme is tailored to help you compete effectively in the global marketplace. We will support you in developing your career plans by providing high-quality careers information, advice and coaching that realistically meets your needs and the market’s requirements.

You'll also interact with experts, gain knowledge in global developments and enhance your leadership and transferable skills. Some professional development activities are embedded in the core programme, others are delivered virtually, run as a workshop, seminar or through one-to-one coaching. Ultimately we want to equip you with the skills you need to manage your career for life.

If you are looking to develop yourself and your career then the Executive MBA is the ideal choice in helping you achieve these goals, and will provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Start your own business or grow your existing one
  • Progress into a more senior position within your current organisation, or change career
  • Learn how to constructively and critically analyse your organisation and yourself
  • Gain knowledge and learn new skills which will enable you make improvements with real impact

Four key career management stages

The programme will take you through four stages of professional development.

Reflecting and orientating

This initial stage helps you reflect and plan your career. With guidance from your career coach you use evaluation tools to help clarify your career objectives, evaluate potential directions and produce a tailored action plan.

Developing your skills

As a Leeds Executive MBA student you will be supported by a dedicated career coach. The Business School also engages actively with organisations locally and globally to develop long-term partnerships, which add value to the organisations whilst supporting our research and student education. By working with our Advisory Board of industry leaders, we can be sure that the Leeds MBA programme meets market needs and continually offers engagement opportunities. This connects the theory we teach with real world expertise.

Taking action

We help you identify ways to take realistic action by setting achievable career goals. These goals help you start working towards your long-term career aim.

Continuous development

As a manager you need to keep up-to-date with industry developments and business ideas. Our business speaker and networking events provide the ideal platform to hear and discuss the latest issues with business leaders and alumni

As a student you will benefit from:

A dedicated Executive MBA Careers Consultant
Talks from practitioners who link real and relevant business topics to your academic programme
Skills workshops in social media, entrepreneurship and negotiating
Interaction with other business school students through our European partners; the Carnet Alliance
Global knowledge of the marketplace and access to opportunities
Events that will provide networking opportunities with alumni and our corporate contacts
Close links with multinational organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Marks and Spencer, IBM, Vodaphone, Deloitte, PwC, etc.
Access to our alumni network
Mentoring from specialists and senior managers
Continued careers support after you graduate