MBA Career Development

Take control of your career

Coaching, mentoring and skills awareness sessions will develop you as a leader.

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Regular speaker events

Meet business leaders and discuss the latest professional thinking

Whether you want to progress in your current role, move into senior management or change direction, the Leeds MBA is a decisive step in your career. 

You are an individual with your own aspirations and goals, so we take a person-centred approach to your MBA career development.

Our professional development programme is tailored to help you compete effectively in the global marketplace. We will support you to develop your career plans by providing a combination of high-quality careers information, advice and coaching that is designed to meet your needs and also the market requirements.

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During your MBA journey 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, whilst others are delivered virtually, run as a workshop, seminar or through one-to-one coaching.

Our ultimate goal is to equip you with the skills you need to manage your career for life.

Professional development on the Leeds MBA

As a full-time MBA student you will be welcomed into the Management Division and be able to access the support of a Professional Development Tutor. You will also benefit from the services of a specialist executive and MBA coaching firm, both while on campus and for one year after you complete your MBA.

From local SMEs to multinational firms, the Management Division engages with a range organisations to develop long-term partnerships. These partnerships add value both for the organisation and for our student education and research activities, enabling you to connect the theory we teach with real world expertise.

Working with the Management Division Advisory Board, we ensure our MBA programme meets the needs of employers and continually develop our engagement offerings.

Activities on the full-time MBA currently include:

Core professional development modules to develop your leadership skills
Mentoring and support from our Leaders in Residence
Live research in organisations
Taking part in live consulting and new venture challenges that will stretch your thinking and abilities
Enterprise, Projects, Events, Volunteering and Ambassadors
Access to events that provide networking opportunities with our corporate contacts
Panel events to showcase expertise and support your professional development
Talks from practitioners who link ‘real’ business topics to your academic programme
Interaction with other business school students through our European partners; the Carnet Alliance
Access to our alumni network
Careers support during your programme and after you graduate

Four key career management stages

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 full-time MBA student you will be supported by a dedicated career coach. The Management Division 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