As the saying goes: Time flies! When my programme gathered together last week to indulge in tea and sweets, I realised that the exams period and the end of the first term are approaching very quickly indeed. Time to pause and look back what has happened so far! I clearly remember the first day of the course when each student received an Imperial College Business School branded bag, which would accompany us throughout the year.
I don’t feel like a new joiner anymore at all. Due to the fast pace of the programme it feels as if I have been studying at Imperial College Business School for way longer than only two and a half months. We have already finished the first block of modules and have written several assignments. All assignments are group projects which contribute to our ability to organise ourselves and work in a (given) team. Especially in busier periods it is very helpful and reassuring to feel the support from your team and after the successful submission of an assignment it’s a welcome change and a lot of fun to meet and have that well deserved drink together with your team in the student union or outside campus. One of our biggest team projects so far has been the Poster Presentation for the Global Operations & Projects assignment. Our group chose Hong Kong International Airport as project and won the coaches’ prize for the best poster – of course we had to record this moment of joy.
Despite assignments and studying everyone is busy with writing applications, preparing for assessment centres or job interviews. Particularly worthy of mentioning are all the career events which help us navigate through the job jungle and build up a professional network – the offer ranges from industry-specific career fairs, skills sessions run by guest speakers or industry professionals, career events and employer presentations running almost every single day, as well as a variety of support sessions with the career services team. This wide offering of career-related events and services can be tailored to each student’s interests and aspirations. There are also many career-related clubs and societies at the Business School which organise industry-specific events or training sessions. The picture below shows the UBS breakfast event organised by the Imperial College Women in Business Society. ICWB focuses on women empowerment and provides a platform for women to develop their professional skills through business events and various networking opportunities. The society is open to all Imperial College Union members and can be accessed through the following link: https://www.imperialcollegeunion.org/activities/a-to-z/women-business
In regards to the next term, we are now able to choose among a pool of electives as well as our pathway – I will keep you posted about all these exciting developments – but first we all have to pass our exams, fingers crossed!
Nina is currently studying MSc Management.