‘This course changed the way I think’ – says SITA Senior Manager Vincent Kennedy after completing the Executive Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
Vincent is the Director of Software Development at SITA in Letterkenny, and the company lead in Ireland.
With a team of approx 130 people to manage, Vincent enrolled in the highly-regarded MBS at LYIT to gain specialist leadership knowledge. This two-year part-time programme is focused on equipping people in senior business roles with the skills to make an impact in their organisations and become champions for change.
Participants are senior and middle managers from across a diverse range of organisations, multinational and indigenous SMEs, who put their studies into practice in their workplace through action learning.
Some of the most valuable skills Vincent gained was how to understand other people’s motivations, he said: “Through the MBS course there are many skills that can be learned and developed. However, one of the areas that resonated with me most, is the area of Emotional Intelligence. Understanding the individuals and teams we work with, their expectations, needs and perspectives is important as a leader, especially in times of uncertainty.”
Progression, innovative thinking and advancement are at the heart of the programme, which Vincent said was an eye-opening experience: “This course changed the way I think in many aspects of my working life. It has really helped me develop my business acumen and opened my mind to new ideas and techniques when leading teams.”
Originally from Inver, Vincent now lives in Donegal Town with his wife and two young children. Balancing a busy work and family life with his studies was surprisingly easy thanks to the flexibility of the Masters course and the fact that Letterkenny isn’t a long journey away.
“LYIT were very accommodating and supportive to me. In the end I found the learning experience throughout the MBS course actually helped me manage my workload better. LYIT showed great flexibility with timelines and other work challenges like business travel etc.,” Vincent said.
Vincent found that the programme had many rewarding aspects, “but working closely together as a student group and supporting each other was very rewarding. I have made some really good friends through the MBS.”
Since graduating, Vincent seized the opportunities his studies have presented and moved to a new role in SITA.
For people looking to develop their own leadership potential, he said: “I believe the quality of the course is right up there with the best. From the module content, the guest speakers and the people you study with, the entire experience was excellent.”
If you wish to apply for the Executive Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership please visit https://www.lyit.ie/CourseDetails/D401/LY_BINOL_M/Innovation&Leadership/ for further information.
For further information please contact Patricia Doherty@lyit.ie, Head of Department of Business Studies, or Lisa.Devlin@lyit.ie, Programme Administrator, School of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, 00353(0)74 9186210