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Individualized coaching sessions are a core component of EDHEC's Global MBA CareerSMART program.
Each MBA participant completes one day of career assessments, followed by four career coaching meetings with a sector- specific career coach.
You will be guided individually by a professional MBA careers coach on the choice of your future career. Coaches are assigned according to your desired professional specialization.
You will be coached on your core interests and what they mean for your career success and happiness, helped to understand the kind of organizational culture that you are most likely to enjoy and succeed in and help to identify the rewards that tend to motivate you most. Your coach will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, both as you see them and as others see them thus enhancing your skills and working on characteristics that may limit your success.
Your coach will also guide you through typical recruitment exercises, make CV corrections, highlight any areas of expertise that you may need to work on and more generally, help expand networks. All this will reinforce your job search and help you progress towards your career goals.
This highly personalized career coaching program runs from September to April, including:
• October: one day of career assessments, online tests, competency based interview, presentation and group exercises.
• November: 1-hour individual career coaching sessions, 2-3 hrs collective career coaching sessions
• February: 1-hour individual career coaching sessions, 2-3 hrs collective career coaching sessions
• April: Wrap up session, collective coaching deliverables
Sandra Richez heads up Career Services and Student Affairs for the Global MBA program. As well as being responsible for the overall CareerSMART program she also makes the most of her extensive professional experience in her role as Careers Coach for MBA participants. Sandra has over 17 years experience in Human Resources with sectorial expertise in hotels, tourism and service. She has developed or facilitated management training and executive development programs for Disney, Intercontinental, Choice, Accor and Véolia in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
Patrick Fearon is an experienced Finance professional, who worked at JP Morgan in Banking, Debt Sales, and Corporate Finance for 16 years, and then for 2 years as the Managing Director of a London Metal Exchange Trading company. Over the last 20 years, Patrick has worked as an Executive Search Consultant in the Financial Services sector, and most recently as a Career Coach at a number of Business Schools, including EDHEC, and as an Executive Coach.
Dr Penny Jarvis is a highly experienced Management Consultant, having worked at FTSE 100 and SME level in both Big 4 (CapGemini) and boutique environments (Egremont Group and The Good Company) in many countries. Penny became a consultant after successfully starting her own fashion retail business and selling it, following work in several international retailers and advertising. She has a particular interest in Organisational Design and Organisational Behaviour, the focus of her PhD.
EDHEC invests heavily in helping Global MBA participants understand what careers are right for us so we can find the best career fit at the end of the program. And it’s paying off.
A recent CareerSMART session entitled “Career Change Decision-Making” helped EDHEC MBA participants to evaluate the future and make the best decisions in the present to reach their career goals. The coach for this session was Ms. Ilaria Distefano who has ten years of international experience in change management, training, and communication.
As a part of the CareerSMART initiative, Career coaching sessions were held over the course of a week for the EDHEC Global MBA participants. It was a twofold activity involving personal coaching with a Career coach and a Group Case study.