Profile shot of alumnus Felix Heinemann, MSc Business Analytics 2020

Programme: MSc Business Analytics 2020

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: BSc. Business Administration, University of Cologne

Job prior to studying at the Business School: Various internships in the logistics sector

Job after studying at the Business School: Data Scientist, Accenture, Germany

Felix Heinemann, MSc Business Analytics (on-campus, full-time) 2020

Your time at Imperial College Business School

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

During my undergraduate degree and some internships, I became fascinated by the way that data and analytics can help make better decisions. From that point, I wanted to dig deeper into the models that power the analytics transformation and how to use them in practice. The Business Analytics degree at Imperial was the perfect choice for me as it has a rather technical curriculum but is still open to applicants from different undergraduate degrees.

What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School? And the most surprising thing about the programme?

Always surprising for me is the observation that groups seem to harmonise better the more diverse they are. The cohort at Imperial was the best proof for that. The most important thing during my year at Imperial was to connect with smart and engaged minds and become friends with many of them. There was always someone who you could turn into when you needed help in class. The fact that most people applied for quite different jobs after graduation (especially in terms of career level and geographic region) helped that there was no negative competition among students at all.

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

One year is short, so make the most out of your time at Imperial. Many people spent lots of time writing applications during the year but for me, it was important to use my time mainly to learn new things and connect with a diverse group of people. Staying on top of all the courses in turn helped me to excel in my interviews.

Tell us about your current job

How has your programme contributed to your career success? 

With the Business Analytics programme, I intended to become more proficient in topics around analytics and artificial intelligence. Coming from a business background, the programme helped me to find a job as a data scientist. There are two main parts of the programme which have helped me in my job after graduation. First, the course content set the foundation for me to apply artificial intelligence in practice. Second, the teamwork and practical assessments were good practices to manage challenging situations at work.

How do you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gained during the programme within your career going forward?

Working in data science consulting is quite similar to some of the projects I did at Imperial. For instance, during the final capstone project, we developed a machine learning solution predicting marketing conversions for a healthcare startup. Both the technical skills and the softs skills I learned there are useful in my day-to-day work life.

What do you enjoy most about your current work?

At Accenture, I enjoy the endless opportunities to continue learning. even though I have left university, it is important to me to keep learning. Frameworks, tools and methods in the field of business analytics keep evolving and I am glad that Accenture offers many internal and external trainings. For me, that has so far included trainings in Microsoft Azure and Scrum among others.

What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?

To lead a team that is delivering quality work but, more importantly, has fun even when working remotely.

Alumni community

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?

During my time at imperial, I met so many clever and open-minded people from many different backgrounds. I suppose this is the same in every cohort and staying connected with the alumni network means a connection to people who might become colleagues, partners or friends in the future.

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?

Yes, I have been a mentor in the alumni guide scheme helping a current student in her time at Imperial and sharing insights from my experience. I am also an alumni ambassador and as such have taken part in panel discussions of the career and alumni services. For me, volunteering means giving something back from what I have received during my time at Imperial. I always appreciate getting personal insights in addition to the official curriculum and with volunteering, I hope to provide exactly that to current students.

Programme: MSc Business Analytics 2020

Nationality: German

Undergraduate education: BSc. Business Administration, University of Cologne

Job prior to studying at the Business School: Various internships in the logistics sector

Job after studying at the Business School: Data Scientist, Accenture, Germany