Graduate development programme


This programme is specifically designed to introduce graduates to real-world organisations and provide vocational skills that complement formal university education. The programme supports graduates through the transition from tertiary learning to the workplace through six highly engaging modules that give practical skills: from knowing more about themselves through to having ownership over their performance. Additional optional modules also exist to address some technical skill sets applicable to all industries.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Perform effectively as an individual and part of a team to enhance operational excellence
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence in all aspects of work
  • Influence stakeholders to drive business results
  • Work effectively through change initiatives
  • Manage small scale projects through initiation to implementation
  • Support all areas and functions of business


  • Personal effectiveness
  • Performance management
  • Delivering results

Learning Outcome

By the end of the programme, graduates will be ready to be an effective part of the team, making valuable contributions and ensuring personal effectiveness in all aspects of their role.

Course content

  • Organisational operations and behaviour
  • Individual personality and team role preferences
  • Emotional and cultural intelligence
  • Managing change now and in the future using the Game Plan For Change simulation
  • Influence and assertion needed to operate in dynamic environments
  • Negotiations skills
  • Business etiquette essential for success
  • Effective meeting management
  • Persuasive and memorable writing
  • Essentials and standards of customer service
  • Solving problems creatively and making good decisions
  • Resolving conflict arising from customer challenges
  • Powerful presentations that deliver results
  • Mindfulness at work to reduce physical and cognitive stress
  • Finance for new graduates (simulation)
  • Principles and practices of managing projects
  • Owning their own performance
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    Focus Management Consultancy
  • Al Salmein Golden Tower, Suite 602
  • Electra Street, PO Box 322
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates