By Rachel Tonner, Head of MBA Careers Provision at Imperial College Business School and a graduate of Career Professionals Development Institute 2019
My colleague and I attended the EFMD Careers Professional Development Institute in November 2019 where we experienced an extremely enjoyable, informative and motivating two days. The environment was informal, welcoming and there was lots of opportunities to learn from the experts facilitating, and contribute, share ideas and best practice amongst the group, which was invaluable. After returning to Imperial College Business School, we reflected on our experience, presented our findings to our department, and pitched ideas we had built from the conference to our Directors. A number of these ideas we have now actioned and we wanted to share a few of the areas we are focusing on:
First, we have started reviewing our alumni engagement. It was apparent from many other Business Schools attending that alumni are consistently part of their Careers provision delivery. Even though we also work with alumni regularly at Imperial College, as a result of hearing how and when other Careers teams partnered with alumni, we identified that we could work with them in a more structured way. We have now created an industry specific Careers Alumni Steering Group – which is piloting for the tech sector. This is an advisory group with alumni sharing their own current industry knowledge and insights to feed into our sector delivery plans, both in the short, medium and long term. It enables us to gain industry expertise in areas we have not directly worked in and helps us develop what students access and how. We are also able to look at how alumni can support with the delivery of these new resources or activities, to help it be most impactful for students and manageable for our department resources. We have appointed an initial group of six alumni, based locally and internationally from various companies (including Microsoft, Google, Amazon) and we have been clear from the beginning of time commitment, frequency and duration of meetings and expectations of the Steering Group. We have now ran two meetings, both extremely fruitful and have resulted in new sessions being created for students and a greater understanding of the trends and challenges students are facing in developing careers in their field.
We have also created new support for students following the recruitment trends presented; new resources on recruitment gamification published for MSc and MBAs, new workshops about the value of and how to of storytelling and we have further evolved our annual MBA 2 Day Mock Assessment Centre.
Finally, the network that we have been able to grow from attending has been fantastic. Since attending the conference I have continued conversations with peers locally, and feel confident that I can reach out to many of my fellow-attendees and ask for advice and guidance. I also connected with many of the facilitators through LinkedIn and am able to continue to learn from their experiences as they share and update. The conference made a far wider impact then the two day duration it ran for, and even reflecting on it today has made me reinvigorated for the week ahead, such was the note it struck!
We are pleased to invite you to join the second edition of the Career Professionals Development Institute. This time around, the training will be delivered fully online on 19-23 October 2020, 10:00-12:00 CEST for the EMEA and APAC region and 17:00-19:00 CEST for EMEA and the Americas.