BSc. Biochemistry, University of Warwick
Strategy & Operations Consultant, Deloitte
Senior Consultant, Strategy & Transactions, EY-Parthenon
Your time at Imperial College Business School
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I chose to do an MBA to improve my business knowledge, accelerate my career and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Imperial appealed to me because of the structure of the programme and its location in London. The focus on entrepreneurship enabled me to push myself out of my comfort zone and develop a business idea, which was one of my personal goals for the MBA. The study trips were also attractive as I was able to learn first-hand how business is done in developed and emerging markets. Finally, the prime location in London meant that we were at the heart of business in the UK, making networking and job hunting easier.
What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School? And the most surprising thing about the programme?
The MBA really taught me the importance of time management and being self-aware. With a lot of learning condensed into a one-year programme, there were even more opportunities and extra-curricular activities outside the classroom competing for your time including the job-hunting process. Therefore, it was really important for me to intentionally focus on opportunities that would help me to close any gaps in my skillset, network with my classmates and comfortably say no to whatever was not serving me.
The most surprising part of the MBA was the diversity and friendliness of my cohort who were absolutely fantastic and willing to help with learning tasks or interview prep. The variety of experiences, backgrounds and cultures meant that interactions in class or within our different assignment groups were usually interesting and enriching. I also made life-long friends from the MBA who are spread across the globe.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
I would say take the bold step and go for it! The MBA was very life-changing for me; it impacted both my professional and personal life positively. Take advantage of as many opportunities as possible and immerse yourself fully in the programme because you get out of the MBA, what you put in it. Volunteer for new experiences, especially those that push you out of your comfort zone, take interesting electives and network with classmates! The network is the real value of the MBA!
Tell us about your current job
How was your career transformed following your programme?
The MBA helped me to make a location, role change and even industry change (albeit temporarily). Employers are usually more willing to take a chance on MBA students with little to no industry background of the role they are applying for and I witnessed that first-hand. I was able to do an MBA internship at a tech company with my consulting background. I eventually landed my current role in London as a Senior Consultant in EY’s Strategy and Transactions practice for financial services clients.
How do you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gained during the programme within your career going forward?
I plan to use my skills in people and time management to further develop as an efficient and empathic leader while I advance in my career. The MBA taught me how to network effectively which has been very useful for maintaining visibility and fostering work relationships in the corporate world.
What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the most exciting/difficult challenges facing your sector currently?
I enjoy the niche nature of the clients I now serve which has provided me the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the various sectors within the financial services industry. It has been interesting to see the growing number of mergers or acquisitions as a result of changing industry regulations and more recently, the aftermath of COVID-19 on business models.
What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?
So far, it has been the development of a synergy case for the $30bn acquisition of one insurance giant by another in just one week! It was such an intense but deeply rewarding experience.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
Imperial will forever have a special place in my heart and it is extremely important I remain connected to fellow alumni. It will provide an opportunity for me to network and build professional relationships.
I have volunteered in the MBA Alumni interview programme for MBA applicants and participated in panels organised by the Career Service, International Office and the Africa Business Club, where I served as President during my time at the Business School.
It has been very rewarding to share my time and experience because I benefited immensely from the alumni network who were always helpful with advice on navigating the MBA or interview prep during my time there.