What is your current role?
Director and Founder of My Marketing Communications Ltd
Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?
I undertook the MBA in order to switch careers from science into business and marketing. The course and name of Imperial College enabled me to do so. I would like to give back to the Business School in acknowledgement of helping me achieve this career goal. Also I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Vice President of the (early) MBA Alumni association and have noted with increasing pleasure the direction the Alumni Advisory Board has taken over the years. I remain passionate about what it can do for the Business School, for its students and alumni.
In recent years through One Young World I have worked closely with millennials and have developed an understanding of their desire, for change in society and in business, and their belief that technology is a key enabler in helping them achieve the changes they seek. So I am interested to explore how the School will meet the unique needs of these young people in the future and to offer my experience and skills to improve theirs.
Those alumni who graduated around the same time as myself, are seeking new directions in their careers; some into entrepreneurship, some into greater social business ventures, some a completely new career path. I am keen to explore how the AAB is supporting such transitions and what more can be done to help and re-engage them with the School. A lot has been achieved already and I am sure much is planned by the School. I am also keen to explore what more can be done for those alumni who now live overseas. All this to encourage greater success for, and stronger engagement by some of these “older” alumni, who I am sure have more to give in supporting the School’s ambitions and that of their fellow alumni.
What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?
I have met and retain fantastic relations with people from my course, through my involvement on the early Alumni Association Board. I have also had great access to continuing education and support through completing a Brand Marketing Course, and using the excellent Careers and Professional Development Service.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
My fondest memory is the team competition to transport a bucket of water around an obstacle course, including over a high wire, in the shortest time trying not to spill anything. It was the first opportunity to see this innovative, fun, collaborative and supportive group of talented students work together. That inventive team spirit was echoed throughout the year and left a lasting impression.
What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Be passionate about what you do and the people you work with.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?
Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. The knowledge gained will help you as you embark on the next phase of your career. However the people you meet and the connections you make will be important throughout your life so work hard to build and maintain those relationships both at the School and beyond. They are invaluable.
What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?
Focus on what you are truly passionate about, and keep learning. The MBA teaches you about business and just as importantly gives you the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and different industries. Use this time to work out what you really enjoy doing and afterwards continue to take every opportunity throughout your career to keep learning, exploring and growing.