A personal statement, a Skype interview and a graduation ceremony later, I arrived at Imperial College Business School, feeling like a child on the first day of school. You’ll be pleased to know that these nerves quickly gave way to great excitement as I learned more over the first few weeks. The socials, the employer events, the beautiful city of London- there was so much to get my teeth into.
And the part that excited me most? I’d love to say it was hearing about the modules I’d be studying, or experiencing first-hand the keen eyes of the careers consultants (who have been instrumental in righting my horrific wrong of a CV – but that’s for a whole separate post!), or even walking around the stunning campus. Although all these things have been fantastic, the best part has to be meeting the people I’m going to be spending the year with.
With 42 countries represented, Imperial College Business School is well known for its diversity. But I didn’t realise how much I would gain from being engulfed in this vibrant community. Every day I find out something new, from learning about the political system in Brazil, to understanding the difference between German and the dialect Swiss-German, all by simply connecting with the people around me. I have not only gained knowledge about the world, but also found completely different ways of viewing it, by working with people who have lived radically different lives to me. In turn I have realised that my experiences are also unique and valuable, and that not only can I learn from my peers, but I can also contribute my own individual perspectives. In the past month, I have begun to truly understand what it means to form my own network.
And the Business School knows the importance of building these global connections. From networking events to team competitions, and organised socials to group assignments, the whole course is designed to be collaborative, and I’ve found it becomes impossible not to meet as many people as possible and have these mind-expanding interactions on a daily basis.
So yes, the course is fantastically designed and the careers service is world-class, and I look forward to raving about them in future blog posts, but I thought I’d start by highlighting an often underrated fact – your year here, much like your career, will be made by the people around you. And Imperial College Business School ensures you make the most of it.
Naila is studying our MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme.