Pras Gengatharan

Experience

What work experience did you have before coming to Imperial College Business School?

I have worked in the City for the last nine years, seven of which at JP Morgan Asset Management. Prior to that I worked as a Data Analyst.

Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I have attended a number of open days at other business schools, however I chose Imperial College Business School as I very much felt at home from the moment I walked in. The school is excellent at ensuring the quality of the programme in terms of material and teaching ethos, as well as organisation and technology, speak for itself without losing the personal touch.

 

Programme

What makes the programme you are studying at Imperial College Business School unique?

Coming from a Finance background, I wanted to avoid enrolling on a course that had a cohort majority from a similar background. My intake is very diverse and you inadvertently learn different ways to approach analysis and problem solving and it adds to an all the more enriching experience.

What has been the most rewarding and most challenging part of the programme?

Meeting my fellow cohort has been an incredibly rewarding experience as there is a lot of collaboration and genuine interest in each other’s backgrounds. I would give a special nod to the Organisational Behaviour module as it was an area I underestimated for value added to a business.

The most challenging part so far has been time. I have a young son and another one on the way. The intensity of the programme forces you to be more productive and clever with your time management.

 

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

My cohort are from a very diverse background, which I particularly appreciate as you can get quite stuck in meeting the same people if you are immersed in one industry. Everyone I have met so far is incredibly enthusiastic and friendly, not to mention extremely bright.

 

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?

Generally I found that Business Schools tend to separate themselves from the university they are associated with. Here, you feel that the school embraces being part of a great university with excellent faculties and research output.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?

The first stages of the career development phase of the programme really forced me to look at every small detail of my career profile. It enabled me to identify skills I previously did not feel were important or useful and also work on areas I previously neglected.

What are your career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

My immediate career goals are to gain a vast array of skills that will enable me to improve my strategic thinking in order for me to get involved in big picture initiatives.

 

Tips

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying to this programme?

I would advise anyone who is thinking of pursuing an MBA to really try to understand what it is that they want from a programme of this calibre. It is a huge yet rewarding commitment and an opportunity to learn things you would not necessarily learn in your career.

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: Kingston University, BSc Computing with Business Management