What employers really want: 4 key areas of skills and attributes
Critical Thinking + Problem Solving
Written + Oral Communication
Openness + Creative Thinking
Conscientiousness + Drive
Grit + Resilience
Emotional Intelligence + Self Insight
Learn by Doing
Learn Through Reflection
Learn from Diversity
Enhancing the Undergraduate Core
This year, Leeds rolled out an update to the second-year undergraduate core curriculum. This revision amplifies the best elements of the BASE (BCOR Applied Semester Experience) capstone course and incorporates feedback from the Career Impact roundtables. Throughout the first two years, students are challenged to learn core content knowledge and master 21st-century competencies and then integrate their knowledge into group work on real business problems and tackling big questions about the role of business in society.
Real-World Training for MBA Students
Being comfortable making decisions in real business situations is a crucial skill for any MBA student. That’s why, before classes even began this fall, incoming MBAs were challenged with a “live” business case from Emerson Automation Solutions.
Leed’s MBA faculty director Lori Seward led the exercise in collaboration with Andy Dudiak, a Leeds MBA alum and president of flow measurement at Emerson.
For students, the practical work on some of today’s business challenges helps them develop the confidence, resiliency and ambition needed to be successful in their careers. These skills are…exactly what we look for when hiring at Emerson.
— Andy Dudiak
MBA teams were given a data set and asked to recommend a supply chain strategy using what they had just learned in their quantitative methods course. Since the case competition took place over a 24-hour period, it simulated the real-time horizon business managers often face.
It was a powerful way to practice critical competencies, like social intelligence, critical and creative thinking, oral communication, learning through doing and reflection, and teamwork—with direct feedback from Emerson executives.