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MIP Personal development is one-of-a-kind program and is dedicated to providing a highly personalized service to each International MBA student.

MIP Politecnico di Milano places much importance on the practical and interactive aspects of learning and students are given the invaluable experience of working alongside key stakeholders within important organizations, allowing them to be challenged in real-life business situations.

The Personal Development path aims at improving personal and professional soft skills through:

  • Self-awareness
  • analysis of the potential self
  • development of strengths and competences
  • identification of personal and professional short and long term goals


All students are strongly encouraged to realize their potential in order to achieve a high level of personal excellence, by using all the learning opportunities, both formal and informal, that the MBA program offers: Guest speakers and Lecturers, Experiential Events, Workshops, Filmed Presentations, Company Visits, peer-to-peer and peer-group evaluations, etc.

Students are provided with useful feedback and guidance, and further encouraged by the close-knit group environment of the class, which serves to ensure that each individual reaches the highest possible level of development possible.

The International MBA experience is in itself a great opportunity for personal and professional growth and Personal Development is a key program component. The Personal Development (PD) sequence runs throughout the MBA and is closely linked to the work of the Career Service. The activities carried out by PD support the academic component of the course through assisting students in acquiring the skills needed for applying the classroom-learnt conceptual models and to continue independently with their lifelong learning.

"One of the most interesting experiences during my MBA was going for 3 days with my colleagues to Monterosa (a mountain over 4,000 mts high), to have our outdoor-training. This activity facilitated our integration, improved relationships and communication among us.During the group work it was nice to see how team performance increased as the team had a common objective, and the members pushed in the same direction. We needed to share information, support ourselves, make important decisions, share resources, create synergies and deal with difficult environmental conditions. Things that managers do in their everyday work!!"
 
Susana Caicedo Chaux, International MBA Class of 2006

 

Classroom lessons are enriched by a highly practical approach, through exercises, tests and simulations. This approach teaches students the importance and value of 'soft skills', and how they are essential in composing truly rounded managers with the personal abilities and people skills to meet challenges in the workplace.
The following competences are developed:

  • Communication skills
  • Self & Team Management skills
  • Leadership skills and negotiation


For each skill, students will be profiled through recorded presentations, outdoor activities and peer-to-peer evaluation. At several points during the program, in which the most advanced learning theories will be presented, students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom.

The aim of these meetings is to promote networking between students and companies and to examine the details of the different functions of each company. During the Business Talk MBA candidates have the chance to meet in person Top Executive managers from many International and Italian companies, allowing them to learn directly from experts. Among others, companies that have attended past business talks include Microsoft, BTicino, Telecom Italia, Deutsche Bank, Amazon, Bain & Company, OM Still and Italpresse.

International Full Time MBA students have also a special access to a series of webinars oganized by Evisors, giving useful tips on the skills requested to work in a number of industries. Some examples are the following:

  • Consulting Industry: Finding your Fit
  • How to Success as an Entrepreneur
  • Finance Panel: Different Career Paths

 

MIP organizes one outdoor training session for each MBA Classroom. Through a non-classroom and an unusual training, students will discover their strengths and weaknesses, new ways of viewing and overcoming real and potential future challenges.

Kishore Adiraju - International Full Time MBA 2014

We had our first ‘Outdoor Event’ towards the end of first month at MIP. I was not very keen on attending the event as it had been a hectic week, and boarded the bus reluctantly. Nevertheless I had a wonderful time at Como and would have regretted missing out if I had chosen to stay back in Milan. We played ‘picture-hunt’, travelled in a ferry against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and competed in making a three minute movie which had a fixed set of six dialogues.
Outdoor is a part of ‘Personal Development’ program (PD) which runs through the entire MBA program. The Outdoor activities help us students to understand one another better, as we collaborate together in many activities. But more importantly, one can develop, although sometimes subconsciously, some invaluable soft skills such as responding to criticism and putting the group’s interest ahead of one’s own.

These are a series of one-to-one meetings  undertaken to assist in the development of the ‘soft skills’ of the student. Prior to the initial meeting, students are given a behavioural profile test, so as to gain an understanding of their behavioural traits and tendencies, with the results being shared and discussed with the students. The idea of the meetings is to gain an understanding of the students professional ambitions and goals, and what they hope to achieve from the MBA program. Subsequent meetings are intended to monitor the progress of the student, in relation to their strengths and areas in need of improvement, with the intention of maximising the benefit to the student from the various activities offered throughout the course.

The P.I. (PREDICTIVE INDEX) test is a scientifically validated assessment that accurately predicts workplace behaviors and tendencies. This psychometric analysis, in which an individual’s basic nature (self) and how he believes he is perceived by others  (self image) are mapped, provides insight into the understanding of a person’s motivation and psychology.
 
This test is conducted by our Personal Development Experts, who deliver the test at the first Personal Behaviour Interview. The results are then compared with their profile, relating the desired ideal position with their post MBA goals, in order to obtain a precise analysis of strengths and weaknesses.


Participants in the course take part in a number of interviews to evaluate their professional skills. The evaluations of these professional skills, also called ‘hard skills’, is carried out using a Competency Balance interview, through an ‘as is to be’ analysis, creating a comprehensive analysis of the professional and academic skills of the participant and their development throughout the course. The interview allows participants to gain a greater understanding of their own potential, as well as identifies areas needing improvement, in relation their own objectives or expectations on professional development.

During Mock interviews, a real interview between a candidate and a Head Hunter / Company’s employer is replicated. The interview is video recorded and then analysed by our experts. Through this, MIP offers students a safe place to practice their interview skills and provide them with invaluable feedback. The aim is for students to gain the confidence, experience and skills needed for actual employement interviews.

Towards the end of the MBA program, students are given opportunities to meet with company recruiters and head-hunters, together with HR Representatives from important and well-known companies, in a round-table event. The opportunity allows for discussions and networking that provides valuable insight towards trends in the labour market, the ever changing dynamics of specific sectors in economy, and tips and tricks that will help advance their post-MBA career in the workforce.

MIP recently became a member of Carnet, a careers network formed by an alliance of 13 top European business schools. The career services of the Carnet schools work all together to share best practice, provide networking opportunities for students and a pathway for employers wishing to recruit MBA and postgraduate students.
 
Visit the Carnet Alliance's website!

A collection of student CVs are made, creating a book that can be used as an effective reference and comparative tool for interested companies. The CV Book is used as a recruitment tool for companies and as a useful outlet to provide information on job opportunities.  Students are also given personalized advice on how to best structure and design their CV and Cover Letters, allowing students to enhance their writing skills, which are essential tools for graduates applying for job opportunities.