Personal development programme
This course aims, as part of the EMBA programme and in addition to academic courses, to support students’ personal development, and help them attain their leadership development goals and their career development goals.
Most of our EMBA students feel that they are at a crossroad in their career. Some of them aim for an important promotion or a key leadership role, others want to begin an international career or start their own business, etc. Most of them are in the process of figuring out what their next career move will be and how to ensure its success.
We designed the EMBA Personal Development Programme to support EMBA students’ personal development and help them attain their goals. Consistent with best practices, the programme adopts an integrated approach to personal development, involving various group-based developmental activities and a certain degree of personalization. Notably:
A series of career development workshops. The career workshops address career-related topics relevant to career development. The purpose of these workshops is to provide students with career tools and advice, and give them the opportunity to exchange with others on relevant career-related topics, to support their career development process.
Personality testing and 360 degree feedback. In order to increase students’ ability to understand how their personal attributes and interpersonal style influence their work achievements, their career, and their leadership style, they will go through an extensive personality testing. Furthermore, data will be gathered from current and/or former work colleagues applying the 360-degree format.
In-depth analysis of personality profile and 360 report. Students will also be given the opportunity to have an individual 90-minutes session with a faculty specialized in personality testing, where they will get an in-depth analysis of their personality profile and the 360-degree feedback report. The aim of this session is to identify specific developmental goals (i.e., leadership development goals or career development goals) on which students will actively work with their mentor.
Mentoring scheme. All students will have the opportunity to engage, as mentees, in a mentoring relationship with a mentor whose experience and expertise is relevant to their developmental goals. Mentors are BI EMBA alumni students that are motivated to take on the role of mentor and have been coached by the BI EMBA team to act as mentors.
Peer feedback. In addition to the extensive 360-degree feedback evaluation, all group works in the EMBA Programme will be evaluated in a structured way, so that students get an anonymous peer feedback report indicating how the other group members experienced working with them. The purpose of giving students continuous and extensive feedback throughout the EMBA Programme is to increase their self-awareness and help them understand both how they contribute to groups and what might cause interpersonal challenges for them.