When Shivangi Gupta (MSc Economics and Strategy for Business 2018) became the go-to person for career advice for friends and family she was happy to help. What she didn’t realise back then was that she was laying the foundations for a path to fulfilling the educational dreams of young Indians and transforming the system one school at a time.

Not long after completing her programme at Imperial, Intelligent Education was born and Shivangi started her career as an Education Advisor and entrepreneur. Based in Delhi she works towards creating a brighter future of individuals and educational institutions. In her role as consultant she provides career and education counselling, profile building, advice on overseas education and soft skills training. She is also helping to transform the curriculum for schools and institutions through motivational talks and speeches. Plus her website provides insightful blog posts, such as what makes you stand out from the crowd and how to hone your study skills.

“The idea for my business bloomed from different facets and incidents,” explains Shivangi. “My friends and family always sought advice from me as to what should they do in the future and were always intrigued by my plans. I used to conduct extensive research on career options in different fields and opportunities to widen my horizons.

“In addition to this, I knew a lot of people in Delhi were looking for someone reliable to provide them with advice, but many of the education and counselling providers were overly commercialised. They also lacked information and knowledge of the new non-traditional options. These factors along with my willingness to help Indians make better use of their overflowing human capital, led me to pursue this as a career.”

Using the research, business, analytical and presentation skills she refined at Imperial, Shivangi is now working towards a Certificate of Counselling to enhance her offering to clients. And it seems as if this is already paying off. “I’m delighted that I’ve already been able to successfully help some people. I trained a group of young people in soft skills and have helped others get into their dream college. Honestly there’s no better feeling than that.”

Imperial taught me a lot. Apart from honing my business skills, it also polished me as a speaker and presenter. It helped me fine-tune my research skills, which is an important basis for any idea. I was also lucky enough to meet people with wonderful ideas and views, opening me to such different ideas and opinions from around the world.

“I am currently working with some clients to build their personal profile, as well as collaborating with some universities.”

Looking back at her time at Imperial, it was the conglomeration of business and economics – “Everything I like in one go” – which intrigued Shivangi about the programme. “The cosmopolitan nature of classes and the ambience of the School also appealed to me.

“Imperial taught me a lot. Apart from honing my business skills, it also polished me as a speaker and presenter. It helped me fine-tune my research skills, which is an important basis for any idea. I was also lucky enough to meet people with wonderful ideas and views, opening me to such different ideas and opinions from around the world.”

“I believe there is no better investment than investing in yourself and continuously growing and adding value to yourself. And education is the best way to achieve this. Hence, continuous education is mandatory in my belief.”

And it is this drive that motivates and fuels her future ambitions; presenting motivational TedX talks and being recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30. So watch this space!