In today's challenging business world, your interpersonal and career management skill-sets are major keys to sustained professional success. The PdP is one of the cornerstones of the International Master Programmes at ISCTE Business School. It is an integrative programme that takes place during two months each semester - allowing students to attend the career workshops that best fit their career plans. The PdP is designed to catalyze the process of building the skills and the behaviors of future business leaders.
The PdP programme addresses two complementary areas - developing your employability (DyE) and managing your career (MyC). The DyE approach develops students ability to lead people, produce innovation, and embrace change. All workshops focus on the development of communication, teamwork and commercial awareness. The MyC approach helps students to improve the management of their job search, prepare themselves for the recruiting process, and fast forward their networks.
I. Developing your Employability (DyE)
DyE is designed to increase your awareness and usage of the many job-related skills required by leading organizations. In today's world, it is up to the job seeker to understand the myriad needs of their target employers.
The DyE component is divided into four key themes: 1) functional skills, 2) personal management skills, 3) teamwork skills, and 4) problem solving skills. Topics related to specific business functions will be discussed as well as the opportunity to utilize your academic skills/knowledge on a live business project.
The MSc International programme you choose will provide you with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career across myriad locations, industries, job functions, and companies. However, your ability to identify the specific skills you need to improve that are related to an employer's needs will raise your profile in the job market.
Personal Management Skills
Organizing, planning, and adaptability are just a few of the workplace skills you'll need to master in order to attract the attention of the best employers. Very few people achieve successful careers without mastering those skills. It will be your task to prove to organizations that you can thrive and achieve results within their workplace no matter where it is located.
All of the MSc International programmes will challenge you with plenty of group projects and opportunities to work with diverse groups of students. Employers continue to emphasize the value they place on teamwork skills and will want to see evidence of how your teamwork skills can translate into their workplace. How do you contribute to the success of a team project? What roles are you best at? Which roles do you avoid?
Problem Solving Skills
The business world is full of known and unknown problems that need sharp minds to tackle them. While the academic programme will provide you with opportunities to develop and improve your problem solving skills, employers will want to know how you can solve problems that affect their specific business. They want to know your ability to analyse and provide solutions to their "live" problems.
II. Managing your Career (MyC)
MyC is designed to develop students' ability to identify and achieve their career goals. In a competitive job market, it is important to communicate a clear and precise message that gets the attention of prospective employers.
The MyC component is divided into four key themes: 1) professional branding, 2) job market research, 3) enterprise skills development, and 4) job search/creation strategy. All the themes are inter-related and allow you to further refine (and redefine) your career goals.
Knowledge of self is extremely important in order to determine how your specific skills, interests, and values align with your career objectives. Do you know how the range of "hard" and "soft" skills you offer can impact an employer's bottom line? Are you confident that you can convince employers to hire you? Could you effectively communicate why venture capitalists should fund your start-up? In a crowded job market and knowledge-driven economy, it is crucial that you define your unique value proposition.
Job Market Research
Through individual research and using the career resources available at ISCTE Business School, you will determine what qualifications recruiters and hiring managers are seeking across specific geographic locations, industries, job functions, and companies. From there you can determine the "gaps" you need to address, as well as any specific "barriers" you will need to overcome to achieve your career objectives.
Networking & Self-Marketing
It is crucial to identify and connect with the people who can aid your job search. Your objective is to never "ask" for a job, but rather, to ask for advice and tips from those who are in a position to provide them. This will allow you to discover pertinent information about profiles your target employers value as well as determine the way you market your knowledge, skills, and qualifications (online, offline, CVs, Cover Letters, etc.).
Job Search/Creation Strategy
There are posted jobs, hidden jobs, and self-created jobs. Having a comprehensive career strategy ensures that purposeful action will be taken, activities will be organized, and time will be effectively utilized in the pursuit of your career objectives. You will learn how to design a job search plan that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound) and hold yourself accountable to putting the plan into action.