My name is Camille and I am an MSc Management student at Imperial College Business School. An avid lover of dogs, food and books, I grew up and was schooled in both Hong Kong and the UK. My love of reading, fascination with human behaviour, and my parents’ interest in the arts led me to pursue a degree in History at UCL, which strengthened my understanding of topics including religious war, the origins of racism and medieval magic. However, it soon dawned on me that I had to pursue a successful career. Reality struck.

Having completed an arts degree, I was determined to convert my transferable skills into tangible, value-adding capabilities that I could employ in a professional environment. I was drawn to study Management at the Business School because I sought to strengthen my business acumen, learn to broadly analyse the business environment, and pursue the Digital pathway in order to embark on a career in luxury brand management. As my grandfather proudly attended Imperial to study Civil Engineering not long after the Second World War, I was driven to follow in his footsteps. So, I plucked up the courage to apply to one of the best Management programmes in the world.

My experience at the Business School has so far been busy, dynamic, and very enjoyable. Although I anticipated meeting focussed and inspiring students who speak a multitude of different languages and have fascinating stories to tell, this experience has not only been enriching, but it has been my favourite part about starting at the Business School. I did not expect the level of attention to detail that the Business School team demonstrates in their efforts to ensure student satisfaction, by arranging personalised business cards or regularly communicating with student representatives, for example. Nor did I anticipate the unique care and encouragement of the Careers team, which provides students with plenty of attention and guidance. I have also been pleasantly surprised to discover a plethora of snacks being sold around campus, which I thought I would only find in my hometown of Hong Kong.

Ever since my mother explained to me as a child that I could not become a cat when I grow up, I have been motivated to consider other more challenging career paths. I am glad to be surrounded by others who are similarly driven and forward-looking, as well as being a part of such a vibrant and global community. I look forward to the rest of this year, which I am sure will be a busy, enjoyable and memorable one.

Camille is studying our MSc Management programme.