I was personally waiting for the pathway module since the start of the MSc Management programme. I decided to go for the finance pathway after securing a job in an investment bank. The pathway is divided into two modules: Risk Management and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Claudio Scardovi, lecturer of Risk Management, gave us precious insights into the banking industry by inviting top-notch guest speakers. These included the Deputy CEO of Standard Chartered, a Managing Director of BlackRock and the former Chief Risk Officer of Lehman Brothers. Indeed, this represented the clearest added value of the MSc Management at Imperial. Being able to ask questions, in an informal way, to such prominent individuals is something that really goes beyond the traditional way of teaching.
On the other hand, the Mergers & Acquisitions module represented for many the most interesting topic in the broad financial world. Academics such as Colin Love, together with the co-founder of EntrepreneursHub Andrew Shepperd, gave us precious insights on this prominent financial topic.
But let’s analyse the main issue that everyone is facing – or has faced – in the MSc Management: getting a job. I’ll describe this topic using our cohort as example.
The class is essentially divided into three groups: those who have secured a job (luckily I am in this category!), those who are actively looking for a job and those that anticipate working in their family businesses. The majority of students who have a job are working in the consulting and investment banking industries, with roles specifically in advisory, audit, consulting and operations. Whilst the majority of students who have secured a job applied from the beginning of September, it is still possible to attain a job in the spring and summer months. Having spoken to some students currently looking for a job, they have mentioned off-cycle internships and contracting as viable options. It is also important to consider that students need not apply for graduate specific programmes, as this supposedly seems to be the predominant route for most students, as there are informal permanent jobs which lie outside of formal schemes. My advice is that students put themselves out there in the market and actively use their business cards to network, utilise the careers service, talk to other students or alumni, and make the most of LinkedIn. I can confidently say that if you prepare well and are proactive about getting the job you want, then the possibilities are endless.
Long story short: look at opportunities with a positive mind, such as this sunny picture from Imperial College’s South Kensington campus (8th floor, Blackett building, ideal for an after-lecture coffee). After all, spring is coming!
Vittorio is studying our MSc Management programme.