Last Wednesday, Imperial College Business School marked the achievement of more than 1000 graduating students and future business leaders at the Postgraduate Graduation Ceremony. This year’s graduates took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall to receive their awards, as part of the largest graduation in Imperial’s history.
The ceremony was hosted by Professor Alice Gast who told graduates, “You have the potential to accomplish great things. I hope that you will use your intelligence and education to solve the problems of today and the problems that will arise in the future.”
Diane Morgan, Associate Dean at Imperial College Business School, encouraged students to maintain a connectivity throughout their personal and professional life, and to pursue their passion. “Honour where you are today,” she told the audience.
We caught up with some of our newest crop of graduates who shared their highlights of studying at Imperial College Business School, what they’ll miss the most, and their advice for people who are thinking about applying.
Programme: MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
How does it feel to graduate? Amazing and surreal. The whole last year, from start to finish, has been absolutely amazing.
What will you miss the most? It’s very difficult to summarise. The people I’ve met, what I’ve learnt and the entrepreneurial journey the programme took me on. In one word, it was memorable.
What was the highlight of the programme for you? Serving as Chair on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Academically, it was the entrepreneurial journey that stood out for me. For the last six months of the programme, we worked together in groups to set up a business. We had a business coach and we pitched it to venture capitalists and business professionals weekly.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management? Be prepared to put yourself out there. You get exposure to people from lots of different backgrounds who bring different perspectives and ways of approaching a problem. Meet everyone on your programme and network. Several of my classmates have started businesses with others in the School, wider College and outside.
Programme: Global Online MBA
How would you summarise your experience on the Global Online MBA? It really ticked all the boxes for me. I spent a long time selecting which MBA programme to study and I put off doing the MBA for a number of years because I hadn’t quite found the right one. The Global Online MBA was what I was looking for at the beginning. I’ve been able to meet people from all over the world and get inspiration for the businesses that I want to start.
How would you describe the student community on the Global Online MBA? The community was much more than I expected. I feel like I have a global community. I live in Miami and already I’ve had several students visit me, either passing through or doing business in the area. I feel like I could go anywhere in the world and have a piece of Imperial there and that’s what makes the Global Online MBA special.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about studying the Global Online MBA? Most people that select the Global Online MBA have a full life already, whether it’s work and/or family. It’s very important to create a schedule for yourself and have discipline for that schedule because it’s important not to sacrifice any of those important things.
Programme: MSc Strategic Marketing
What was the highlight of the programme for you? The people that I’ve met and got to work with. They become my allies and I’ve made friendships for life.
How would you summarise your experience on MSc Strategic Marketing? Intense and very rewarding. It’s all about hard work and it really pays off.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about studying MSc Strategic Marketing? Go ahead and do it. You won’t regret it. It’s difficult to choose as there are so many wonderful programmes out there but Imperial is a world leader. It’s recognised everywhere and the people here are amazingly intelligent.
Programme: Full-Time MBA
How would you summarise your experience on the Full-Time MBA? Very intense. It was a lot of fun and I met amazing people.
What was the highlight of the programme for you? It’s an accumulation of getting to know people who are similarly ambitious and who contribute intellectually, and in terms of fun. The whole thing was great from start to finish.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about studying the Full-Time MBA? Come here and find out as much as you can: meet students, talk to past students, and look at the jobs graduates are doing now. You’ll be impressed with what you find.
Programme: Global Online MBA
How would you summarise your experience on the Global Online MBA? An extraordinary experience. It’s an opportunity to learn in a new way and to meet some amazing people and make some good connections. It’s a chance to study at an amazing university on your own timeline without having to sacrifice your career.
How has studying on the Global Online MBA improved your professional life? I have definitely grown as a person. It changes your perspective: you see the world with new eyes and that’s been really exciting for me. What I learnt was also tangible. I could immediately use it in almost every interaction in daily business life. I’m Nandish V.2, upgraded with new and additional functionality.
Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business
How would you summarise your experience on MSc Economics & Strategy for Business? A very intense and challenging experience. You’re kind of stunned by the quality of it all. Everyone from your professors to your fellow classmates to everyone you meet across the university.
What was the highlight of the programme for you? I’m going to miss the people most.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about studying MSc Economics & Strategy for Business? You get a lot of opportunities at Imperial both inside and outside the classroom. My advice would be to make the most of it. Get involved in the different societies and career clubs. They’re an excellent opportunity to get to know different people and gain different knowledge than you would otherwise.