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How do you help your students post-graduation, particularly if they plan on switching industries?

Our Career Centre provides guidance and support to all matters that relate to the career progress of our Executive MBA students. This is done from the beginning of the program and continues even after they graduate. Career support is provided in many different ways that include: individual career coaching sessions; access to job opportunities offered exclusively to RSM students; workshops; company visits and networking events. We also help students connect with alumni that managed to switch industries or that work within the industries they are targeting.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Do you accept transfer of credits from other academic programmes?

Transfer of credits is not possible due to the nature of the programme that includes group assignments in practically all courses. Executive MBA students begin their study at the same time, move through the curriculum together, and complete the requirements for their graduation as a group. As a result, they build an extensive network of trusted colleagues and lifelong friendships.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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What is the class size of the EMBA programme?

The size of the cohort is approximately 100-110 students per year, which is divided into two sections. Within each sections, students are assigned to working groups of 5-6 professionals. Both the sections and working groups change every term.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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How much study time will I need outside of class?

Executive MBA students will spend on average 15-20 hours per week outside of classroom hours. That includes study hours; time to work on your individual assignments; and calls or meetings with your study group members in preparation of your group assignments. That is an average number of hours – it varies per student and per course. Also, over time, you develop strategies to work more efficiently with your team mates, thus limiting the time you need to prepare for group assignments. A safe way to calculate it is the following: for every hour in class you need to spend three hours outside class.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Most organizations will ask for a time commitment in return for sponsoring the MBA (i.e. stick around x yrs after EMBA). If you are not sure if you want to continue in the same organization, what do you suggest?

If an organisation is willing to sponsor you, they must see potential in you as an employee. Maybe part of your sponsoring conversation can be about more than only time and money - i.e. can they work with you on securing projects that will provide new challenges and in which you can implement your new EMBA knowledge? Can you discuss the areas you can grow into within the company post-EMBA? Would they be open to new ideas you bring? If you are absolutely certain that you do not want to commit to the requirements from your company when sponsoring the EMBA, you might want to start looking at self-funding. However, it is good to then still have a conversation with your employer to make sure in principle they will be supportive. It makes for a much more rewarding EMBA experience if your company is behind you. (Having said that, we do have students that embark on the programme and succeed with no company support.)

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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How would you summarise the EMBA’s impact on an individual’s career?

At RSM we believe that the EMBA should be a transformational experience. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that the programme challenges the assumptions of our students and causes them to reflect on what they do and rethink some of their ways of working. Our Personal Leadership Development helps our students to build their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses. Innovative and creative teaching methods such as in-class exercises, simulations, group work, discussions, case studies, peer reviews and mentoring help them to develop deeper self-knowledge and identify practical ways to apply their knowledge.

Executive MBA candidates have to apply themselves in real situations; receive feedback on their performance; re-examine their actions, and work on areas for improvement. This is about reflection, discovery, and application. We hear from our participants that, before long, they start getting more new projects coming their way; start to be involved in more strategic initiatives/decisions; start to lead and/or to lead more people; and, ultimately for some, this brings about career progression and change.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Can I concentrate in a specific area like finance or marketing?

The Executive MBA programme has been specifically designed to offer a broad and solid understanding of all the functional areas of global business. The first year of the programme concentrates on the development of analytical skills and critical thinking and consists of two semesters. The second year is devoted to leadership issues and allows students to customize their experience.. The curriculum of RSM’s Executive MBA is adapted and modified continuously to reflect the latest global trends.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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What are the topics of the In-Company project (Term 3)?

The In-Company Project (ICP) is essentially an internal consulting opportunities. It can be anything from a specific business challenge related to your duties to a new business idea that your employer may want to explore. We’ve seen projects that range from IT outsourcing and departmental restructuring to setting up a start-up venture or establishing new process for dealing with customer requests.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Who are the professors of the RSM EMBA programme?

Our professors have extensive educational and/or business experience and come from a multinational background. Meet some of the faculty here.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

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How long are the study tours and where am I going to travel?

Each study tour is one week long and it will give you the opportunity to expand your understanding of business in a significantly different socio-economic and cultural environment. A typical week abroad consists of lectures, in-class discussions and company visits to gain an in depth view of the local business and social culture. In previous years groups have gone to such diverse locations as Brazil, China, United States of America, Portugal, and South Africa.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

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How seriously should I take rankings into consideration?

Rankings are a good step as first step to decide which schools enjoy global recognition and are considered important players in business education. It is important to look at various rankings (there are a lot out there!), and to make sure you understand the criteria and weightings - this is normally publicly available. It is then important to also look at accreditations to make sure the schools you are targeting adhere to certain global quality standards as set by international accreditation bodies.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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