Greetings from London! First off, I wish to say that I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to write for the student blog. Over the course of the next year, I hope to share with you some of my experiences at Imperial College Business School, and in London, through a wide range of relevant and interesting posts.
A little about me…
Before I delve into talking about why I chose Imperial and my first month here, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in India, but raised in Singapore for the majority of my formative years. I am an avid reader and am very passionate about traveling and mountaineering. Having lived away from India from a very young age, I took it upon myself to backpack around Northern India this past summer, covering hill stations and mountain ranges. When I’m not travelling, I enjoy cooking and discovering new music to listen to in my free time.
Prior to joining the Business School, I was pursuing a BSc in Economics-Finance at Bentley University in Boston, United States. During the last year of my undergraduate studies, I felt that much of what I had learnt in economics was too abstract and simplified in such a way that it only provided a partial image of reality. Therefore, moving forward, rather than pursuing a job, I wanted to study further and indulge myself in more concrete aspects of economics.
So why Imperial’s MSc Economics & Strategy for Business?
I wanted to pursue a Master’s programme that will direct me towards a career in economic consultancy, where I can use my skillset to solve real-life business problems faced by individuals and the global community. I found MSc in Economics & Strategy for Business to be one that would help me acquire a strong foundation in economic analysis, along with developing an expertise in strategy development.
The unique nature of the programme, with course components such as the Business Simulation and Consulting Project, really appealed to me. It highlighted a practical learning experience, translating theory into reality. Besides, the location of the business school in London was a major influence on my decision, as I believe the city has a lot to offer in every aspect of life. This led me to believe that only the Business School’s degree will equip me with the right set of skills, exposure and expertise to successfully achieve my career goals.
My experience so far…
It’s been a little over a month since the programme began. I’m glad that I have the opportunity, yet again, to study in another part of the world. The last 4 weeks have flown by as I’ve been getting accustomed to my new home and familiarizing myself with the British culture. While the official autumn term only started in the week of October 12th, we were required to attend “pre-term” modules in the first month, which I believe helped ease my transition. The Career and Professional Development module was extremely useful in providing me with the necessary tools and resources to further enhance my soft skills. Additionally, it offered valuable guidance with the job application process at a postgraduate level.
Having said that, my Econometrics module resulted in several surprises. It was a challenge adjusting to the UK teaching style as professors race through information in order to cover more ground. It was up to me to figure out what’s important and what should be left out. I’ve learnt to recognize early on that finding this balance is crucial as it can set the pace for the rest of the year.
Although I noticed many differences between the academic environment at Imperial College Business School compared to where I did my undergrad, I’m still enjoying learning in a style that is different from what I’m used to. These differences allow me to work closely with my fellow course mates as we help each other, which establishes strong relationships early on.
I believe this has been the most significant aspect of my experience so far. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from the most diverse and talented group of individuals that I’ve ever met. I find that there are a few common attributes to all of them: they are incredibly smart, yet very humble, passionate, motivated and ambitious. More importantly, they are energetic and know how to have fun. Each and every one of us is at a new beginning.
Although we have a rough idea as to what we want to accomplish over the next year, we are open to experiencing new and unexpected opportunities that we can learn from. That way, even though the ending is unplanned, there is something exhilarating about embarking on such a transformative journey. Personally, I already feel like I am starting to become a different person and I have only been living in London for a month!
Jay is studying our MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme.