Yinhua Chen, Full-Time MBA 2018
Yinhua Chen, Full-Time MBA 2018

Your time at Imperial College Business School

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

After having spent almost 10 years in automotive industry in France, I wanted to diversify my knowledge and extend my networks to prepare for the next phase of my career. Imperial College Business School met my needs completely.

What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School?

After working for so many years already, my way of thinking started to forge into a certain pattern. The most important thing that I learned from my experience at the Business School was to break my thinking pattern and learn from the others through group assignment and collaborative projects.

What was the most surprising thing about the programme?

A small, diversified and highly bonded class. We were 78 in our class, which included many different profiles such as a doctor, a lawyer and an art professional. The spirit of helping others and advancing together touched me a lot. This spirit forged our relationship and made us closer to each other. I know that I can count on any one of my classmates if I ever needed any help from any sector.

How do you view your experience of studying at Imperial since you left?

Intensive, amazing and too short! I wish I could spend more time learning more about Finance, Macro Economics and Design.

How did you find living in London?

Amazing! You can meet different people from diverse educational backgrounds and cultures. I consider myself a “world citizen”. I love how London embraces diversification.

How has the programme changed you?

The programme changed me in several dimensions. Professionally speaking, I am able to break out from my old industry and integrate into the consulting sector. Geographically speaking, I have been able to move to Paris, the city that I have dreamed of living in for years. And personally speaking, I have made a lot more friends in London.

Can you recall a favourite memory from your time on the programme?

The international experience in Chile was my favourite memory. The entire class was super engaged into this trip. We partied, we studied, we danced, and we studied again and again. The great thing at Imperial is everyone knows how to play hard and study harder.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?

Imperial takes the academic record seriously. Be prepared to be challenged by different professors who are also the top of the top in their related fields. Be clear what you want to be, take full advantage of School’s elective programme to deepen your knowledge in one or several areas. At last but not the least, don’t be a person who only focuses on classes, go outside, participate the different parties organised by the different departments, because network development is the most valuable element of doing an MBA.

Tell us about your current job

How has your programme contributed to your career success? 

I took the entrepreneurship option on the second semester, through which I learned a lot of methodologies and way of thinking as an entrepreneur. My experience in automotive industry combined with the entrepreneur one made me more popular on the market.

Full-Time MBA 2018
Undergraduate education:

Ecole Supérieure de commerce Clermont Ferrand, France

Job prior to studying at the Business School:


Current role:

Manager, Capgemini

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