David Czarny MSc Business Analytics 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School
Programme:
MSc Business Analytics
Nationality:
German
Education:

BSc International Management University of Warwick

Company and role secured for after programme:

Internship, Accel-KKR

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Before joining the programme, I completed internships at the Boston Consulting Group (management consulting), Deutsche Bank (investment banking) and American Industrial Partners (private equity).

Why did you decide to study MSc Business Analytics at Imperial College Business School? 

During my exchange programme at the Wharton School, I took my first class in data analytics. The class showcased that tomorrow’s leaders need a more holistic skillset, in addition to traditional management skills. I firmly believe that tomorrows leaders need to understand the power of analytics and data-driven decision making, hence I enrolled for the programme.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

The practical components of the programme, for example, creating databases and applying machine learning techniques to real life data-sets.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Data Structures and Algorithms. It was a holistic module that allowed us to develop noteworthy Python skills which we were able to build upon.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

Being able to produce a problem-solving tool. In other words, writing a script that creates true insights and can be adjusted and then re-used for other applications.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

As I do not have a STEM background, I came from international management, it was initially difficult to catch up on the discrete math components of the programme. But with a lot of work, I was able to also perform well in those parts of the programme.

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

The perfect intersection between smart, driven and still socially smart (something which often falls short of the first two components). The cohort is composed of people who have great potential to go far in life.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Professor Wolfram Wiesemann by far. He’s fun to listen to, answers all questions perfectly and is clearly a super smart guy.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

Working on projects and seeing things that I would never have done otherwise. For example, working on a web-scraper that analyses Donald Trump’s tweets.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?

It has been difficult due to COVID, of course. But where there is a will there is a way. I tried to proactively reach out to people so I did end up making friends with people from the MSc Strategic Marketing programme and Finance programmes, for example.

How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?

I have had quite a few people reach out to me on LinkedIn regarding opportunities. I am confident that my enrolment in the MSc Business Analytics programme had a role to play in that.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

Like most students I also would have preferred to be fully on campus. But Imperial did a great job to ensure that our learning was not negatively impacted by COVID.

Career

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

I have been offered an internship with Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm headquartered in California.

London Location

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

In Notting Hill because it is close to Imperial and is filled with young people. There is no place like London. Utilise it to the fullest and meet all kinds of people, especially some different to yourself.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

Politics and real estate. I also like spending time with dogs.

Tips

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Apply… you can always choose not to go if you get in. But do be aware that it is a highly rigorous programme and requires you to put in lots of effort. If you’re ready to do so, it’s a great Master’s.

Interested in applying for a scholarship to this programme?

Programme:
MSc Business Analytics
Nationality:
German
Education:

BSc International Management University of Warwick

Company and role secured for after programme:

Internship, Accel-KKR