If you are considering studying MSc Engineering Business Management or MSc Innovation and Technology Management at the University of Bath, are a recent graduate entering the world of business, or a young professional getting to grips with your own skills development, join us for this online Masterclass.
Leadership Lessons from a career in Engineering and Technology Management
Ask most senior leaders in companies today what are the most important skills they look for in their future managers and most likely soft skills will top the list.
Even at Google, a company that embodies the notion that hard technical skills like coding and mathematics are what truly define success, STEM expertise finished last among the top eight characteristics of Google’s best managers. The top seven were all soft skills.
And yet, whilst industry looks for individuals who can collaborate, inspire, problem solve and communicate effectively, often this is not a strong focus of education systems around the world which mostly focus on hard skills. Many people still believe that you either “have it” or “you don’t” – and so better to focus on developing those hard skills that look good on a CV.
Peter Mott graduated as an engineer in the 1990s and entered the fast-paced and highly competitive automotive industry with Ford Motor Company before moving to the food packaging and processing giant Tetra Pak. He found himself in his first management role in his mid-20s and leading teams of several hundred in his 30s, and found himself underprepared. This was further complicated by managing international teams based in various countries across Europe, North America and Asia.
Peter has learned a lot of leadership lessons the hard way, but realises looking back that many of the required soft skills can (and should) start to be developed during our student days, or even earlier.
What this Masterclass will cover
In this online Masterclass, Peter will share some of his own experiences and reflections learned from a career in leading engineering and technology management organisations and discuss how we are helping the next generation of future industrial leaders to be better prepared at the University of Bath.
As the Professor of Practice at the university, Peter is passionate about ensuring that our Engineering Business Management (EBM) and Innovation and Technology Management (ITM) MSc programmes focus on developing these all important soft and leadership skills.
Peter will be joined by James O'Grady, Postgraduate Recruitment Manager at the University of Bath, to deliver this online Masterclass.