Flying Start Leadership Programme

Preparing business leaders of the future

Stirling Management School graduates are highly sought after among employers looking for professionals with established personal and business skills. Ninety-four percent of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation. One of the reasons our graduates are in high demand is that we focus on supporting them to develop the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual.

From day one at Stirling Management School, our ‘Flying Start Leadership Programme’ will support you in planning for your future career and provide you with the skills to develop into a successful global business leader. This innovative new programme ensures that you will graduate from Stirling with the confidence and cultural awareness to manage effectively in your chosen future career. 

"This is an exciting time for Stirling Management School. We are proud of our excellent graduate employment success, and aim to build on this through the introduction of the Flying Start Leadership Programme and new innovative career-focused activities."
Professor Sharon Bolton, Head of Stirling Management School

The programme introduces you to the skills that will form the foundation of your future career.  A wide range of activities, workshops and information sessions will ensure that you get off to a ‘Flying Start’. You will:

  • discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead and the expectations of your course;
  • understand what it takes to work as part of a successful team enabling you to confidently lead any situation in the future;
  • enhance your cultural awareness and understanding so that you can work responsibly in a global business environment;
  • develop business presentation skills and improve your public speaking skills;
  • acquire the tools for working under-pressure in difficult situations and managing conflict;
  • improve your time management skills that are applicable to any business environment;
  • discover all that the University campus and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, make new friends, and most importantly…have fun.

By the end of this programme, you will be ready to embark upon your Masters course invigorated and committed to the journey ahead with newly developed skills.

Career focused and prepared for the future

Building upon the above, key aspects of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) are further explored through Stirling Management School’s Masters courses in a variety of ways. This tailored approach to PPD ensures that you will graduate with the required skills to make the successful transition into your chosen career.

Throughout your course, you will develop the self-awareness, critical thinking, leadership skills and team-working competences that are vital to becoming an effective and resilient manager who has great confidence in their own ability to deliver in the workplace, and develop strategies for managing your own learning/study needs and career progression

The School’s emphasis on PPD embeds key practical aspects which compliment and enhance your capacity to develop your personal leadership style. These aspects include:

  • different approaches to self-reflection;
  • effective interaction within global multi-cultural environments;
  • the application of emotional intelligence and personal resilience;
  • opportunities to engage with industry leaders from various business sectors;
  • an analysis of their potential skills gaps and career action planning;
  • CV-writing, interview skills and global job search strategies. 

Building on our success

PPD is already an established part of the MBA, MSc Marketing and MSc Retail Management courses. It has proved to be an aspect of the course that is highly valued by students: 

“The MBA at Stirling has substantially changed my perspective on business and management. I have now set more ambitious personal and professional goals, on a new path, and I feel confident that throughout the programme I have gained important knowledge and skills that will serve as the solid foundation for accomplishing them. The personal and professional development activities were very valuable and I believe they were an important factor in the overall experience of the course, serving as an ideal counterpart to what we were learning during the modules.” 

Rodolfo Sejas Portillo, MBA (2012/13)

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