Distance Learning MBA


Our career services are tailored to your individual needs and fully integrated into the programme, providing an excellent way to super charge your career, leadership skills and earning potential. 

As well as a range of webinars and online resources, you'll have access to three different elements of 1-2-1 career support; one executive coaching session, one career consultation and the option to join our award winning mentoring programme. Ensuring you leave WBS feeling confident to make your next career move.

And our career services don’t stop when you complete your programme. You will still be able to access online resources, one career consultation and our Professional Interest Groups for free. You’ll also be able to participate in our career skills masterclasses and webinars on a pay as you go basis.

13 Average years' experience (2020-22)
2nd In the world for career progress*
1st In the world for salary increase*

Where do our graduates work?

  • Amazon 
  • American Express
  • ASOS
  • AT&T
  • Barclays
  • Capgemini
  • CAT
  • citigroup
  • E.ON
  • ebay
  • EY
  • GE Healthcare
  • Heineken
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Ikea
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jaguar
  • Kia
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NHS
  • pwc
  • vodafone
  • Virgin media
  • Volkswagen

*Difference between pre-MBA and 3 years after graduation. Financial Times' Online MBA ranking 2022

Meet our graduates
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The technology, the faculty, the support services, I couldn't imagine what my career would have looked like without the experiences that I had from WBS."
Andy Cantrell Director,
Distance Learning MBA (2013-15)
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I'm glad I studied the MBA because I wouldn't be where I am today had I not. I wouldn't know the people that I know. I wouldn't have as well rounded existence as I do and that's inside and outside of work."
Craig Gray Project Manager,
Distance Learning MBA (2015-18)

Career services included in your MBA fee

Coaching and career development support 

  • One Executive Coaching session with an Executive Career Coach drawn from the WBS Coaching Panel  

  • One career consultation with one of our highly trained CareersPlus experts during the programme. You may also extend your coaching relationships by purchasing further sessions 

  • Access to careers workshops and networking opportunities, held during your first residential week, sharing the latest thinking on career management and covering a range of topics from career transition to negotiation skills 

  • Skills webinars covering topics such as Salary Negotiation, Presenting to the Board, Managing Workplace Politics, The 2 Hour Job Search, and The First 90 Days. 

Expert insights

  • Sector Specialist presentations - Experienced guest speakers share first-hand industry insights. Recent sectors have included finance, consulting, technology, fintech, consumer goods and retail, health and life sciences, energy and mobility.

Online resources 

  • WBS CareersPlus website packed with resources covering all aspects of career development  

  • The MBA Careers Guide - an online and interactive bitesize careers course specifically designed for our MBA students

  • 360 degree online feedback tool to raise your self-awareness 

  • GoinGlobal, access to international careers information  

  • Pay Negotiation video workshop 

  • VMock CV preparation platform

  • Business journals and databases such as Marketline via the University of Warwick library.

Recruiter events & opportunities 

  • Recorded and streamed recruiter presentations – your chance to find out about upcoming opportunities. Previous companies have included Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover and Capco 

  • Recorded and streamed practitioner lectures covering topics such as leadership and influencing. Recent presenters include Dame Vivian Hunt, Senior Partner at McKinsey, and Jane Galvin, Managing Director, UK Head of Corporate Banking, HSBC.

Building your network

  • 'Sector Connector' networking events allowing you to explore different sectors or find others within your own sector to share best practice

  • As part of each residential week there will be pre-planned networking sessions with a lecture delivered by a business leader 

  • LinkedIn groups, discussion forums and our Professional Networks form an active part of your learning.

Case competitions

Case competitions are a great opportunity to increase your exposure to leading companies, new sectors, industry specialists and other MBA students from around the world. 

Previous MBA participants have represented WBS in a wide range of case competitions organised by leading business schools, including:

  • The Hult Challenge in London, San Francisco and Dubai
  • The Nespresso Sustainability Challenge
  • The McKinsey Business Challenge
  • The RSM Private Equity Challenge
  • The annual Financial Times MBA Quiz
  • WBS International Healthcare Innovation Challenge.


MBA student

Additional career services

We’ve created a leadership and development programme that is both integrated and comprehensive but if you’d like to focus even further on your career, you can choose to access enhanced career services for an additional cost: 

  • Additional session with a coach from our WBS Coaching Panel. You can choose one session for £125, three sessions for £350 or a total of six sessions for £675
  • Additional bookable career consultations with a WBS Careers Manager
  • A range of online interactive self-assessment tools
  • One-to-one sector specialist consultations. Experts have experience in areas including consulting, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, entrepreneurship, banking and finance, SMEs, energy, leisure and retail, property management and construction, science and technology, education and social care, government, defence and security, utilities and pharmaceuticals.These are £125 per session
  • Access to our award-winning WBS Global Mentoring Programme, which has been accredited by Investors in People (IIP). You’ll be mentored by WBS alum for a period of two years, either during or beyond your studies. The programme costs £345, and allows you to explore career options, workplace dilemmas and professional development challenges with someone who has already experienced similar situations
  • Face-to-face masterclasses including Dealing with the Media, Salary Negotiation and Effective Business, to ensure you’re fully equipped to manage your career for the long-term. All one-day Saturday workshops cost £49.95.

Building your network

As part of each residential week there will be pre-planned networking sessions with a lecture delivered by a business leader. 

You will also have access to our LinkedIn groups, discussion forums, professional networks and global alumni network. Our professional networks bring together students, graduates, and our faculty to explore industry practice and the latest research in specific industry areas. You can also join a group local to your home which will get you involved with students and graduates at social and educational events, in person and online, all over the world. 

The networks are set up by alumni and students, for alumni and students, with support and guidance from us. Membership is open to all Warwick alumni and students and there is no restriction on the number of groups you can join. Typical group activities include lectures, seminars and webinars, conferences, business networking, online networking, formal dinners... and of course, having fun! 

Beyond graduation

Your connection with Warwick doesn’t end once you’ve completed your studies. As a WBS alumni, you can still access our excellent online career resources and enjoy one free career consultation after graduation. You can also access enhanced services for an additional cost.

After graduation, you will also have the opportunity to apply to undertake up to two further face-to-face modules at Warwick and The Shard, free of charge, subject to availability. These modules are not for credit.

Mentoring programme

You will have access to our award-winning, Investors in People (IIP) accredited mentoring programme, workshops, webinars and executive coaching, for a one off fee. Our Global Mentoring Programme is a two year programme designed to offer students and alumni access to a completely unbiased, confidential mentor who is not from their family, place of work or place of study. We carefully match mentors to provide the motivation, confidence, and support to help mentees make their own decisions about future steps with discussions ranging from career planning, goal setting and strategies for changing job functions. To date, we have supported more than 1,100 mentees, mentored by 240 volunteer alumni.

Careers blogs

How to take full advantage of the WBS CareersPlus services

"I absolutely recommend new students to contact the WBS CareersPlus team early on to take full advantage of the services offered". Distance Learning MBA participant, Emma Goelema, provides an overview of the career support she has received during her MBA.