Undertaking the Otago MBA significantly enhances professional advancement and provides increased long-term marketability of an individual’s skills. With an emphasis on preparing students to be career-ready professionals, the Otago MBA is supported by a career development programme to equip students with the essential skills and necessary competitive advantage needed to succeed in the corporate world.
The career development programme consists of a series of workshops, seminars, guest speakers, individual appointments and online tools scheduled throughout the year.
MBA Career Development Workshops
The full timetable of workshops is available to view in the Otago MBA Google calendar. Below is a summary of the main areas that the programme will focus on.
• Guest Speaker Series
A number of guest speakers throughout the year which will include recent MBA Alumni who will reflect on their experiences and provide some insights into their careers since graduating, and additional guest speakers from NZ Businesses.
• Career Development Workshops
A series of workshops to include topics such as improvisation, presentation skills, networking, using social media, recruiters perspectives, and interview skills.
• Mentor Programme
Students will be matched with a mentor for the duration of phase one, and the aim of the relationship is to provide students with a connection to the local business community.
Students and mentors will meet regularly throughout the year, and at ‘Mentor Circles’ which provide an opportunity for group mentoring sessions.
• Professional Development
Our Personal Performance and Development Coach will facilitate syndicate briefings and learning journal meetings throughout the year. He will also be available on a one-to-one basis to discuss peer feedback, cultural differences and goal setting.
Career Services Facilitator
The Career Development Centre
offers a series of career development advice and assistance to students of the University of Otago.
In addition to the
workshops students are encouraged to discuss career direction and
options with their Mentor and to explore opportunities arising out of
the Mentor’s networks.