Bachelor of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I have worked for six years in the manufacturing industry prior to taking part in the programme. My last role I was a Lead Engineer in Micron Technology, where I also worked as a project manager.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Business Analytics at Imperial College Business School?
I have software programming and project management skills based on my past work experiences. However, I felt like these skills were not enough for further career advancement. I decided to pursue the MSc Business Analytics programme to improve my data analysis skills and business acumen.
Did you receive a scholarship?
Yes, I received the Chevening Scholarship from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This scholarship gives full-coverage in terms of your tuition fees, as well as a monthly stipend. On top of that, there are about 1,800 recipients of this scholarship in the UK and the Chevening secretariat regularly hosts networking events for the recipients. Furthermore, this scholarship provides a great network of alumnus, who play a significant role in their individual fields and in their origin countries.
What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy multiple techniques and approaches taught by the Professors for our data-driven insight projects. The programme has equipped me with hands-on experience in multiple interesting data set fields such as finance, retail, marketing, logistics, and health.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite modules are Big Data in Finance and Logistics & Supply Chain Analytics. Both offer interesting key insights and techniques on handling specific types of business. These modules have greatly deepened my interest in finance and supply chain fields.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The insight we gain on each industry and the opportunity to put our learnings into practice are a major delight. From the rigorous study and research throughout the modules, I felt my analytics skills have sharply improved from the start of the programme.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part is to juggle your time between different deadlines of assignments, job hunting, as well as travelling and time to yourself.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
My cohort consists of bright and intelligent minds. The students are so enthusiastic about their learning and give their best shot on every assignment and exam. The high standard of work and positiveness from the cohort has encouraged me to push forward, as well to set my standard of work higher.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
My favourite professor is Professor Tarun Ramadorai, who teaches Big Data in Finance. He has a great depth of knowledge and yet still makes jokes that can make people smirk during the lecture. Furthermore, due to his vast expertise in finance, he has a lot of insights about analytics and the finance field.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
I am involved in a student project called Data Spark. The Data Spark project provides a unique opportunity, where students can contribute their time directly on projects with real customers. I have been working to deliver a profit analysis and optimisation on a multinational law firm. I learned a lot through my teammates, as well as within the project itself.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I would recommend for potential students to attend one of the many recruitment events, which begin around the October-November period. Through events like these, there are a lot of opportunities to network with Imperial staff, as well as secure an internship or even a job after your studies.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I believe that Imperial College Business School has some of the brightest alumnus, proven by my cohort’s capability. Thus, getting to know them is a valuable experience moving forward with the programme.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I want to work in a digital industry or digital transformation. A role in those industries will lead to data collection, management, privacy and analysis. I learned a lot about those industries before starting at Imperial and my time at the Business School has only cemented my desire to work in those areas of interest.
How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?
The Careers service helps you review your future career aspirations, as well as other details such as cover letters, your CV, perfect interview skills and group assessments. If you need help from Careers, it’s just a click away to book a session with them.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Yes, I do. The central location in London provides better access to information, as well as a large scope of companies who are interested in collaborating through projects such as Data Spark and Capstone projects. The MSc Business Analytics programme has various companies throughout London who have collaborated with the Business School for student related projects.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Battersea nearby the south bank of the River Thames. It is a great place to live because you only need to travel about 20 minutes by bus to get to the Business School. Additionally, you get a great view with the sunrise and sunset with the Thames in the background.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy travelling around the UK and Europe, as this is my first time living here and being so close to the neighbouring countries of Europe. I have driven further up through Glasgow, Isle of Sky and Inverness during winter. I even went hiking with a group of friends through the Snowdonia Mountains in Wales.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?
The challenge of moving to London is finding a nice place to live in. I asked my friends and some of their friends who already live in London to help me with looking for and securing a room - this was difficult with the limited time I had before the programme started. I would suggest booking student accommodation once you have a conditional offer from Imperial to save the hassle.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
Since I’m not from the UK, I attended some of the online webinars. I found they were a great insight on what the programme involves, along with all the information you need to know about the application process. I would suggest prospective students to invest some time, attend a session and get all their questions answered.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
If you’re someone who wants to gain exposure and training on data analysis, apply for the MSc Business Analytics programme. There is a lot of coursework, but you will definitely upgrade your skills and gain experience in the field. Furthermore, Imperial commits to multiple student projects where you can gain first-hand experience with real customers that you can deliver insightful analytics projects to.