What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?
Go into this programme with an open mind to gain knowledge, understanding and perspective from some very intelligent teachers and students. Use this programme to open up avenues in career, business and life. Don’t go in with a narrow objective of learning about finance or economics or innovation. That doesn’t help. Don’t go in just for the degree. Go into this programme to gain skills that will be with you forever, and you will never be lost.
What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Perspective – understanding how businesses work and how to make them work better. The all-rounded nature of this programme is designed to provide a 360 degree view that could be applied to any business situation. I have worked in a number of industries now, and I still remember and apply various aspects of the MBA programme where possible.
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
I was running a small/medium IT company prior to joining the MBA programme. Studying at Imperial College Business School made me open up to a number of options in the outside world that better served me in terms of career development. I joined Accenture while still pursuing my MBA, doing consultancy work across Europe. I them moved to Reuters (Thomson Reuters now) to restructure their development division and set up a shared services centre in Beijing. After a number of challenging assignments, I joined Clifford Chance to lead their transformation programme centralising a number of functions. I currently work for the investment banking arm of RBS in the City, looking at restructuring a number of functions for quality and efficiency.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
The aspect of my work that I enjoy the most is the new challenges that I am faced with every so often. I have worked in a number of different industry sectors (consulting, media, legal, financial services) and every time I face a new challenge, I go back to my education and my previous experience to try apply my knowledge in solving new challenges.
The main challenges I face are in terms of moving people along to accept and adapt to change. The business world has been changing faster than ever before, making it mandatory for everyone to change with it. However change can be difficult for a lot of people who are used to the stability enjoyed in previous decades and this can make the process a tough journey.
Which website would you recommend alumni visit?
I would recommend the Business School’s alumni website as it is always updated with latest events and get togethers taking place. Also LinkedIn and Facebook are great for keeping in touch.