Why I volunteer: Christophe Grosbost, MSc Economics and Strategy for Business 2013
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
I am very involved with the Business School. I am the ‘Imperial College Relationship Manager’ (ICRM) within my company, BearingPoint, which means I lead all partnership activities with the College and the Business School.
Historically, BearingPoint has always been very involved with the Business School. Since 2009, the company supervises around six student teams every year for the summer consulting projects. Since I became the ICRM in January 2016, it’s been one of my key activities, and I supervised the taking on of again six groups of students during the summer 2016.
I try to give back as much as I can to the Business School. For instance, BearingPoint’s work with the summer consulting projects had always been exclusively with the MSc Management and MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programmes. So, one of the first things I did in the role was contacting the Programme Lead for ESB to extend the partnership. And for the first time in 2016, three student teams from the ESB programme have been working with BearingPoint consultants during the summer.
I have also given several 2-hour lectures on ‘How to Ace Case Studies for Management Consulting Interviews’ for various programmes. It’s a great way for me to both help fellow Business School students prepare for interviews and sell the BearingPoint brand to them.
Lastly, I have organised and participated in various recruitment events both at the College and the Business School, and will continue to do so.
What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
The School has helped me so much in both honing my skills and boosting my CV and career that I want to give back.
Also, it is important for me that Imperial College and the Business School remains a world leading and highly regarded institution, as it directly impacts the value of my MSc and therefore of my CV.
Thus, helping current Business School students better perform during interviews or find better jobs, supports keeping Imperial one of the best universities in the world, and protects the high recognition value of my education.