As an American, I admit: I didn’t know that much about Imperial College Business School before I moved to London for work two years ago. I knew I wanted to get my MBA, but didn’t know where (I had always guessed I would get my MBA in the USA). That all changed when a few of my friends recommended I look into Imperial after I touted my short, but constrained list of MBA requirements:
1. The programme had to be ranked
I wanted to be sure I was investing my time and money in a reputable MBA programme, preferably one of the best in the world.
2. The programme had to be in London
I moved to London for work, but after two years I had a few more reasons to stay a bit longer (a few of those reasons being my amazing boyfriend, a penchant for minced pies, and an insatiable ambition to be a part of London’s growing start-up scene).
3. The programme had to be really good in entrepreneurship
See above – point two. I’m an ideas-woman, and I wanted my MBA programme to serve as a springboard for one of many business ideas.
4. The programme had to be less than one year long
As a Principal Business Management consultant at a Global Consulting and Technology company, I was doing really well at work and didn’t want to be out of the workforce for two long. After all, I was hitting my stride!
After hearing my list, my friends all arrived at Imperial in one way or another, so I had to check it out. Although a bit skeptical, it all become clear to me that Imperial was the MBA programme for me after I went to my first open-house in February earlier this year. Firstly, the students were super intelligent and cool. I met a girl from the same area of New York as me, and immediately felt connected to her and her fellow classmates. Secondly, the taster lecture by Professor Nelson Phillips sealed it for me. After a short 30 minute lecture, I already knew loads more about creating a market strategy than I did 30 minutes prior. I knew that ICBS, although small, would be all about impact from that point forward.
Here I am, nine months later, and am loving Imperial College Business School. I have been thoroughly impressed by my cohort (a diverse and intelligent bunch) and faculty (very accomplished professors who provide engaging lecture experiences). Only six weeks in and I feel that I am getting everything I had initially set out for – and more.
Over the course of this academic year, stick with me and I’ll share the fruits of my journey at ICBS. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to meet you at an upcoming open house and be one of the current students who impacts you the way I once was earlier this year when I decided to give ICBS a go and change my career – and life – for the better.