At the start of June we welcomed our Full-Time MBA September 2016 offer holders for a weekend of networking, workshops and interactive case studies in London during our inaugural Admit Weekend.
The weekend was aimed at giving offer holders an opportunity to meet their future classmates, while gaining an insight to life at Imperial College Business School. Attendees came from nine countries around the world – including Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States – to begin their Imperial MBA journey at our South Kensington campus in London.
I just wanted to thank you for putting on the fantastic Admit Weekend programme. It was such a fun, information-filled event. This was a great welcome and real taster of life at Imperial – what a great lecture from Charlie Donovan. I feel hugely excited about coming to start the programme with such friendly and interesting people around – both my new peers and also the Imperial staff.
The Admit Weekend commenced on Friday evening on 10 June and guests were welcomed by the Business School Dean Professor “Anand” Anandalingam. This was followed by networking with student ambassadors from the current class and members from the Programme and Recruitment teams. These interactions were a great opportunity for our offer holders to find out more about the Full-Time MBA and the Imperial experience from our staff and current students.
The night ended with dinner and drinks at the Grade II listed Victorian townhouse, 170 Queens Gate.
Day two of the weekend began with a breakfast and informal welcome at the Business School, which was followed by a careers workshop on the theme of introducing yourself in different contexts. Offer holders met with MBA consultants from our Careers and Professional Development Service, Kira Hughes and Pat Keener, who have significant experience in helping MBA students navigate their future career moves.
Crystal Grant, Head of Admissions, explains, “One of the most frequently asked, but most challenging interview questions is simply “tell me about yourself”. This session helped attendees to prepare different responses to suit some of the different scenarios that MBA students encounter – from a formal profile book to a chance social encounter with a potential employer”. Through practical exercises and group work, attendees were able to reframe the question and prepare an answer that highlighted their most relevant skills and aspirations.
Offer holders were then introduced to the Careers Clubs through a Q&A session with current students Alisa Anantvoranich, Sylvain Poncet and Andre Kashiwara. The Careers Clubs bring together MBA and MSc students with similar areas of career interest. The clubs run a number of events throughout the year that give the opportunity to network, build links and learn more about available roles within the industry. Attendees were encouraged to join a diverse range of clubs, but to aim to play a leadership role in at least one. This would provide an opportunity to network with high-level guest speakers; manage student volunteers, which would enhance practical leadership skills; and build a personal brand.
I’m really getting into networking following the advice from this weekend, I met so many useful contacts! Thanks again – you all did such a great job to welcome us.
After a lunch break it was then time for our offer holders to experience a taste of the world-class teaching available at the Business School. After introducing the changing landscape of global energy production and the rise of crowdfunding options, award winning Dr Charlie Donovan led an interactive case study on renewable energy investment and crowdfunding, highlighting Imperial’s focus on innovation, energy and finance. Attendees worked in small groups on a business model canvas to define the value propositions, customer segments and resources required for Abundance Energy, a company established by Imperial MBA alumnus Karl Harder. Attendees also learned some fascinating insights from Dr Donovan’s career in green energy, which has included working on energy policy for the Clinton administration, as well as spells at Enron and BP.
Following the case study with Dr Donovan, attendees heard from current MBA students about their transformative experience on the Full-Time MBA. Alex Sear, Saajid Sahabdeen, Shariq Kochhar, Andre Kashiwara, Hannah Tofteberg and Sylvain Poncet spoke about the Global Experience Week in China, the Innovation Challenge and the short course in Ethics, in addition to answering questions from attendees and giving useful tips and insights.
“It was fantastic to see the genuine warmth and respect that the current class have for each other, and how much value they will take from their experience at Imperial,” says Crystal.
Attendees had a chance to explore the Imperial campus before the weekend’s formal activities drew to a close with drinks and dinner hosted by Associate Dean Professor Nelson Phillips, who shared what he finds special about working at Imperial and his thoughts on the Business School’s future.
The end of the Admit Weekend was concluded with an informal brunch organised by the current MBA class. It was evident that strong bonds had already been formed amongst next year’s cohort ahead of the programme commencement in just a few months.