Professional Development Sessions: An integral part of our MSc Management curriculum  

The Financial Times ranks Lancaster University Management School’s MSc Management programme 16th in the world for careers support. The ranking reflects the “effectiveness of the school careers service in career counselling, personal development, networking events, internship search and recruitment, as rated by their alumni”. A big part of this success is our commitment to providing a consistent connection of theoretical learning with activities to enhance our students’ commercial awareness and future career opportunities.

Last term, Programme Director Dr Radka Newton and Career Advancement Officer Martine Dawber led a successful series of Professional Development Sessions to provide insight into diverse jobs and sectors and how they relate to each module studied. These sessions are an integral part of our programme module in Professional, Career and Leadership development. The module focuses on students’ development as a person and how this enables them to operate more effectively as a professional manager and leader. It enhances their employability and supports them in identifying and securing a job, developing their professionalism, including the skills and behaviours that will make them stand out in the workplace.

Session themes included Marketing, Accounting, Consulting, HR and Organisational Behaviour, with an impressive array of employers, including KPMG, PwC and DHL. Each panel offered insight into their role and a discussion about key challenges and differences between companies and industries. The virtual environment enabled insightful conversations with businesses from all over the world, such as India and Germany, from a combination of industry and alumni connections.

Jordan Fry, Commercial Business Analyst, Financial Times, completed the MSc Management in 2018. He said:  “It was exciting to participate in the employer spotlight session and meet the current MSc Management cohort. As a student, I found these sessions invaluable, and so to be able to share my experience and answer questions on careers in finance and career progression hopefully proved as useful to the current students as it did for myself.”

Anjani Sarin, Digital Marketing Officer at UKEAS Group, completed MSc Management in 2018. She said: “It was excellent to be able to share my experience as part of the Marketing Professional Development Session. As a previous student of the programme, the block taught structure and practical application of theories in group exercises had provided early exposure to multiple perspectives with practical group work. Being in digital marketing, where trends change every day, keeping up has been made possible because of the strong fundamentals that were laid from the very first module of MSc Management.”

The sessions continue throughout the academic year, providing our current cohort with further opportunities to develop their business etiquette and networking skills.

For more information on the Lancaster University MSc Management programme, click here: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/postgraduate/msc-management/