Convincing your boss that you’re going to do a Masters
Pearson Business School offers MA Business and Management (MBM) and MSs Financial Leadership masters programmes which are designed to fit your studies around work and life commitments. We understand that it can be difficult to bring up the conversation on study leave with your employer, which is why we want to make it as easy for you as possible, giving you better options for progressing your career.
How Pearson Business School can help you master a work-study life
The Masters programmes here at Pearson run through block teaching. This means that a typical 4-6 week module will include around 2-3 intensive classroom sessions at the beginning before a flexible transition period where you can tailor your learning around your schedule. Towards the end of the module, there will be 1-2 classroom days to round off the course and to allow reflection on what you have learnt throughout the module.
Within this program, we understand that most of the learning is outside the classroom doors, which is why we offer 24 hour access to plenty of resources and support such as our Online Learning Environment (OLE), Talent Development Support Team, and e-library where all reading and learning materials can be found.
With a total of 27* classrooms days a year (on our MBM programme) you have the flexibility to be employed while you study, applying your learning to real workplace contexts,giving you the opportunity to maintain a work/life balance.
Requesting Study Leave
Requesting leave for study can be a daunting task, will your employer say yes? Will you be able to handle the workload? There can be some anxiety around resolving these issues. Here are a few tips that you could use when requesting study leave.
- Demonstrate how your course will work around your existing commitments. There can be a lot of pressure to meet both academic and professional deadlines so make sure you can firstly fit all your commitments around your timetable.
- Define your objectives: what exactly do you want to achieve by the end of the course? How will this benefit your employer too?
- Make sure you do plenty of research into what you are going to be doing as well as what the course material covers so that you get the most out of the course. You can do this by downloading a course brochure, getting in touch with us, or visiting our campus.
Preparing a Proposal
During your study leave process, you will need to prepare a proposal for why you should undertake the course. Things to include might be:
How it will benefit the company through the development of skills and knowledge gained through the course.
Highlight long-term goals that you would be able to achieve while on the study leave.
details of your execution plan, defining how you will be able to do both work and study.
a realistic schedule, highlighting the work/life balance that is sustainable throughout your masters programme.
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