Full Time MBA Capstone Debate

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At the end of the Full-Time MBA at Imperial Business School, students get together for the Capstone Business Game.

On the first day of the two-day event, students got to hear from a number of exciting speakers, including Rob Holtom, Head of Digital Transformation at BT; Anjalika Bardalai, Chief Economist and Head of Research at TheCityUK; and Barbara Scala, Sunsilk Global Brand Director at Unilever.

On the second day, students spent the morning preparing in their groups for an afternoon of debates.

They debated on seven topics, including whether future Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications will accelerate job losses, whether the size of data matters when it comes to improving decisions, and whether technology is a driver or an accelerator for social change.

The programme of activities ended with closing remarks from the Associate Dean of Imperial College Business School, Leila Guerra, along with words from Programme Director Andreas Eisingerich and Director of Careers Lisa Umenyiora.

Hannah Daniels, Assistant Director, MBA Programmes, also shared some parting words with the class:

Let this be the beginning of your journey, not the end. Continue to be curious as you have shown you are. You know how fast the world of work is changing. Embrace that as part of your continued education and learning as you progress in your career.

The students’ time on the Full-Time MBA officially ended with a finale dinner at Dirty Bones in High Street Kensington.

So what have this year’s Full-Time MBA cohort got to experience whilst studying at Imperial?

  • Careers Week, involving a series of workshops and activities enabling them to focus on careers strategy after a busy first set of core modules
  • The annual Imperial Innovation Challenge, a one week learning laboratory where they applied innovative thinking to complex international issues to generate business solutions
  • Challenger Lab, two-day intrapreneurial challenge for MBA and MSc students with Santander run by two of our Full-Time MBA alumni with their company Think.Plan.Thrive
  • Entrepreneurial Journey, a live entrepreneurial project that explores the key challenges of introducing products and services to market

The programme has helped all of our Full-Time MBA students develop in different ways. Soon-to-be graduate Oindree Sengupta was working as a lawyer before staring the MBA, but wanted to change industry with the help of Imperial’s MBA.

“I came from a very non-business background. I had spoken to a few people and they said it seems like you can transfer your skills, which is why I decided to do the MBA.

“When I came here I wasn’t sure whether that was even possible, as I had a vastly different background to the other people in my class. Most of them had some kind of experience in management roles, and I had none whatsoever.

“So for me it was a different kind of learning curve, I wouldn’t say it was steep or difficult but it was just a very different kind of experience for me, getting to know these people and understanding how they work.”

Oindree says that although she was learning new concepts in classes, it was when she started using these on a day-to-day basis that she realised how valuable the programme was.

For you to be able to use what you’ve learnt, without consciously thinking that you’re using those principles you learnt in class, is something that is very rare for classroom teaching, and that is what I started doing. I would say it made me a better, more organised person, and it has helped in the way that I now look at things differently.

“They teach you about the big picture, but if you are able to use all of that in your daily life that’s even better.”

Fellow student Valentin Gari said the programme helped him develop in three main ways.

“I think I developed academically, as some of the subjects such as accounting I didn’t have any experience in. I developed in terms of confidence and presenting skills, and obviously I met a lot of people.”

Full Time MBA 2017-2018 Capstone

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