The Warwick Executive Diplomas – Top tips for an application

24 November 2021

Our Business Development Manager Penny Triantafillou, shares the benefits of studying an Executive Diploma and her top tips for a successful application.

In our daily conversations with managers and leaders around the globe, from my native Canada to Barbados to the UAE, people tell us why they wish to embark on an Executive Diploma journey as we move towards the “next normal.”

The Executive Diplomas are short, part-time leadership development programmes that provide a deep dive focus in: organisational agility, strategic leadership, digital leadership, strategy and innovation and marketing.

Here is why previous students have joined our programmes…

1. Stand out to current and potential employers

By studying this Masters-level qualification, from a highly ranked business school, participants believe they will be more attractive to their current and future organisations. There will always be factors beyond our control, like the global pandemic, but it is up to us to prepare ourselves as much as possible to future-proof our careers in the job market.

2. Gain an updated skill set

Many believe they need to invest in themselves, they cannot be complacent nor stop learning. This is the case if people are considering career progression, or even a career transition. There is a need to demonstrate crucial leadership skills by enhancing both their knowledge and skillset to “stay in the game.” Existing ways of thinking and doing things are increasingly becoming stale and outdated so upskilling themselves is a way to both broaden the mind and expand their career.

3. Engage with a wider, more useful network

This can make all the difference in a job market that is uncertain. Participants want to network with like-minded leaders and engage in peer-to-peer learning. Your confidence increases as you gain more expertise. When our confidence increases, so too does our ability to network effectively. This can open doors whether you wish to land a new role in the same, or a different sector.

4. Become better leaders

Their current roles demand that they keep their capabilities as sharp as possible in an ever-changing landscape. They want to be well-equipped to reshape their organisation and develop them by assisting in addressing key issues with relevant tools and frameworks to meet these changes. The diploma offers a dedicated, focused programme into specific topics to help them lead better and be more influential as they navigate an uncertain future.

 

Here are some top tips for a strong Executive Diploma application:

Updated CV: Make sure your CV includes a full description of your current responsibilities and significant achievements. Provide as much detail as possible to demonstrate your contribution and impact in your current and previous roles, evidenced by successes, metrics and outputs as well as showing your career progression, leadership skills and drive for results.

Reasons for attending the programme: In 300 words or less, explain how your chosen programme would help you in your current role and enable you to contribute to your organisation's strategic objectives. You can also mention how you aim to achieve both your short and long term professional and personal development goals by studying a Diploma. Citing some research you have done into Warwick Business School (WBS) specifically and mentioning why you wish to study with us always helps.

Scholarship statement: If you wish to apply for a scholarship, submit a statement of no more than 500 words, with examples of how you demonstrate our values of curiosity, openness, restlessness and excellence, as described on our website.

You can offer examples in which you:

  • Have sought out new knowledge and experiences and have come up with creative and innovative solutions to problems in or out of the workplace
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of diversity and its benefits, and times when you have fostered or encouraged diversity, possibly through projects, volunteer work, inclusion initiatives, implementation of new policies
  • Shown an ongoing drive to achieve in all areas of life, and identify situations in which you have challenged the norm or status quo with successful results
  • Pursued and achieved excellence across all areas within their career and also in terms of extra-curricular activities.

Make sure to include your major achievements, successes, initiatives and leadership impact. This is not the time to be modest or shy, we rely on the input you provide us. Let us know what makes you stand out, highlight how would your unique background and diverse experience benefit your peers in terms of contributing to the rich discussions? Finally, tell us what ambassadorial duties you would carry out should you be awarded a scholarship.  These could include writing blogs about your experience on the course, taking part in group photoshoots with your cohort to be used for future brochure and website content, or joining our recruitment events to share your experience to future prospective students. 

Bonus application tips:

Apply early: Our scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing one.

Be you: Finally, we want to know the real you, what are your passions, your WHY? At WBS, we welcome those who embody our Change Maker values, and have a passionate drive to make a positive difference in the world of business and beyond.

If you would like to find out more about our Executive Diplomas, or if your question was not answered above, you can email execdiplomas@wbs.ac.uk to arrange a 1-2-1 consultation with myself.

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