The Careers and Professional Development Service work closely with students throughout their year at Imperial College Business School, resulting in 92% of the MSc Management class of 2014-15 being employed within just three months of graduating.
When students begin the MSc Management programme at Imperial College Business School they do not only embark upon a top ranking educational programme. They also gain access to the Business School’s Careers and Professional Development Service (C&PDS) which is at their disposal from the moment they accept their offer.
Careers and Professional Development Service
All students complete online careers support courses before the academic year begins, such that they arrive with enhanced career plans, CVs and cover letters. Students have multiple opportunities to develop these further throughout their time at the Business School, with every Wednesday dedicated solely to career development throughout their first month. The Careers and Professional Development Service work with the students to prepare them for all stages of the recruitment process, with specific sessions dedicated to CV review workshops, online test practice, tips for successful assessment centre days and talks about how to network effectively at careers events. By focussing on careers so early in the year, MSc Management students are able to meet early application deadlines, especially those applying for roles in consulting and financial services.
Students are also entitled to book an unlimited number of 1:1 professional careers support and guidance sessions with the Business School’s Career Consultants. These sessions are tailored to the individual student and the stage they are at in their career development, whether that be considering career options, assistance with specific stages of a recruitment process, or even launching their own companies. Saachi Sharma, a current MSc Management student, has found this support particularly beneficial:
It’s been incredible to be honest. The Careers and Professional Development Service are so helpful, they’re always there whenever you need them and you have so many resources at your disposal. I’ve definitely been seeing a lot more responses from firms and I’ve already got a few interviews.
Each student has access to a wealth of online resources including Hoovers, the online company database, online subscriptions to publications such as The Economist and Financial Times, and membership to sites such as ‘10 Minutes With…’ and ‘Evisors’, which enable students to learn more about what their potential employers are looking for. The C&PDS also organise a large number of employer events throughout the year, including multiple careers fairs and recruitment presentations, in addition to supporting the student-led career clubs.
Business School Careers Fair 2016
Students network with prospective employers at the Business School Careers Fair
The early focus on careers at Imperial College Business School also enables students to make a great first impression when they meet prospective employers at numerous careers fairs throughout the term. At the Business School Careers Fair, company representatives were impressed with the amount of research and preparation students had undertaken, and were pleased to meet so many interested students. Laura Peterzan, an Associate at A.T. Kearney, commented that the best way for students to stand out is to simply be themselves: “Everyone’s trying to position themselves in the best possible light and what will make you really memorable and unique is just to be yourself, to show your interest and connect with us.”
41 companies attended the fair, representing a range of areas within the consulting, financial services, technology and energy industries. In addition to large professional service firms such as Deloitte, EY and PwC, the Business School welcomed management and strategy consulting firms such as McKinsey & Co, BCG and Bain & Co. Energy companies present included BP International, Centrica and Shell, while employers operating within financial services included Bloomberg, Duff & Phelps, Moody’s and Fideres.
Many of the company representatives once studied at the Business School themselves. Ewa Graf, now a Principal Consultant at Capco, commented:
I studied MSc Management at Imperial College Business School, which was extremely useful and helped me to not only identify the right sector for me but the right company as well.
Students also have many opportunities to learn about top employers in greater depth by attending recruitment events at the Business School. The C&PDS encourage visiting companies to deliver assessment practice and skills based sessions, so that potential candidates hone their skills while learning about the company. For example, PwC, the UK’s number one Graduate Employer in the Times Top 100, delivered an ‘Application Masterclass’ to convey useful tips for completing application forms and online tests. Company representatives also often share their experiences of projects that they have been working on, or even challenge the students themselves to attempt to solve case study examples. At the same time, the companies get a chance to speak with students in greater depth about their companies.
Recent visiting employers further include J.P. Morgan, Moët Hennessy, P&G and Unilever. The students are also invited to networking events after the sessions, where they can ask representatives from their target companies more specific questions, learn more about their experiences, and create useful connections using tips learnt through their networking skills sessions.
Each Saturday during the first month of the programme, the Careers and Professional Development Service run a day of talks and activities dedicated to specific industries. This year, the ‘Super Saturday’ themes included Investment Banking, Sales & Trading/Asset Management and Consulting. During the morning sessions, students are invited to attend informative workshops run by industry professionals. In the afternoons, they can practice various recruitment stages used by companies within that industry, such as group interviews or challenging case study questions. Throughout the day students have multiple chances to network with alumni working in the relevant industry.
Industry specific careers fairs
To cater for the large range of career paths MSc Management students pursue, the Careers team also host multiple Micro Fairs targeting more specific industry areas, including Digital, Marketing & Technology and the Creative industries. The Consumer & Retail fair was particularly well attended. Students were able to learn more about management graduate schemes at firms including AB InBev, KraftHeinz, Tesco and Unilever, as well as Givaudan and Nielsen.
Recent MSc Management alumnus Nicolas Frajhof returned to the Business School to represent AB InBev. Having first met AB InBev at a similar event during his studies the previous year, Nicolas was able to both relate to the students and provide valuable company insight:
Meeting AB InBev last year helped me get a real insight into the people and the culture of the company. I also got tips as to the application process and what they are looking for. Returning this year was a little strange at first, but nice to meet the students as I could put myself in their shoes and relate to their positions. I was also able to see whether they themselves would fit with our company.