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So the semester is nearly over!  I can’t believe how fast the term has flown by and I am definitely looking forward to a well deserved break this Christmas – where I plan to lie on a beach and use as little brain power as possible (not to brag).

It has been pretty hectic – many interviews, many events, numerous assignments and now Finals – and sadly I haven’t had a chance to update you all on how the Autumn term has been.

So, I thought the best blog post I could share with you, are a few handy tips and answers on what to expect and how to keep organised and positive during this busy time!

  1. Be PROACTIVE – a lot of the work that you do will not be spoon fed to you and with applications, interviews and assignments galore it will feel intense. My advice would be to try to prioritise your time well from day 1. That way, you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed when Finals are around the corner.
  1. Go to the CAREERS EVENTS – like ALL OF THEM! From first hand experience, the career events, workshops and one-to-one sessions that the university provide are beyond amazing! I have met some really interesting people. I feel significantly more confident with interviews and know how to tactically go about the application process.

    PLUS, going to both university events and private events organised by banks will allow you to pick up on the tiniest of details that recruiters are looking for!

  1. Network, network, network – this links to the two points above and in my opinion is incredibly important. Whether it is meeting people on your course, other courses or at events, networking can help in a significant way! Plus, Imperial College Business School have an impressive alumni network, so definitely make use of it!
  1. Don’t panic – I have had a few people who are interested in pursing the MSc ask about whether prior academic knowledge is important for the course. But, I can assure you now, you definitely do not need a background in econ or finance. In fact, most of my class mates don’t. As long as you have an interest in the field and are eager to learn, then you’ll be fineeeee!

I won’t sugar coat it (nor has anyone else done for me) … but basically this is going to be a tough year. BUT if you remain focused and positive, life won’t be so bad. On the plus side, your time management after this will be ON POINT!

Please do let me know if there is anything else you want to know or interested in finding more about! 

Until next time (2016!), have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sharanya is studying our MSc Finance programme.

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