BA (Hons) History, University of the West of England, and BSc Accounting, Robert Gordon University
Head of Change, Middle East and Africa for a multinational engineering firm
Senior Consultant, OEE Consulting
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to take some time to learn about different aspects of business, to build a network and to move into consulting. The brand name of Imperial is a big draw, the innovation at the School is really exciting, and London is among the best places in the world to live.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
Find out as much as you can from as many sources as you can. Make sure the programme is for you – that it meets your needs, that it can be the bridge to where you want to be, that the organisations values align with yours. Take as many alumni for coffee as possible to get the best feel for the institution.
How did you find living in London?
I’ve lived in ten countries and never found anything like London, either travelling or to live. It’s a hotbed of startup energy, it’s a financial hub, it’s the cultural and political centre of one of the world’s largest economies. I don’t think any city can claim to be those things except London. And it’s also a lot of fun. Whatever you enjoy, whatever you want to do, London has it.
What was the Business School community like?
I was really impressed before I’d even arrived at the School by how open and generous the community is. I was fortunate enough to have three months free before my MBA began, and I used that time to approach as many Imperial alumni as possible to get insights into how best to use my time at the School, how best to get into my preferred career, and if there was anything I should know before I started.
The Careers and Professional Development team was also extremely helpful as soon as I’d been made an offer. I had a very early careers interview, and the Careers team were superb at doing whatever they could to help out.
Once I arrived I found that the programme management, academics, and Business School heads were just as willing to help. I had – and continue to have – regular meetings with senior staff. It’s important to know that your experience doesn’t end once you’ve been given a certificate and got to wear a gown. As students and ambassadors, we have an enormous amount to offer and to gain from a prolonged and close relationship with the School. We can shape its direction, help future students, and keep up to date with the things that fascinated us as students but which we barely have time for as graduate professionals. The School is open to that at every level, and there are great advantages for everyone to staying involved.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I like the variety of projects and locations (a mining company in the Midlands, a bank in Scotland, a consulting firm in Germany), and learning about how businesses work. Consulting is tough on work-life balance, though. I got up at 3.30am this morning to drive to Heathrow to fly to Frankfurt!
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
The alumni network keeps me plugged into what’s going on at the Business School, in London, in industries I’m interested in and in groups of friends. I get to spend time with some extraordinary people doing fascinating things.
Have you volunteered at the Business School since you graduated? If so, why do you feel it’s important to volunteer your time and experience?
I have attended recruitment days because I think it’s important for prospective students to understand things from an experienced point of view.