BA Applied Maths and Economics, University of Connecticut
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I did three internships before in Beijing, China. For the first one, I worked as an Assistant Analyst in INNO Angel Fund which not only gave me a sense of achievement of helping others succeed, but also strengthened my understanding of the Venture Capital industry. The importance of data in startups triggered me to explore more in the data analysis area. Thus, I did my other two internships as a Business Analyst at JD.COM and Nielsen. Both of these internships were extremely interesting and impressed me by how much valuable insights people can draw from data.
Why did you decide to study MSc Business Analytics at Imperial College Business School?
I believe that the MSc Business Analytics programme at lmperial best fits me and my career aspiration as it features a combination of theoretical studies with practical training as well as a comprehensive and technical curriculum with a wide selection of electives. Besides those features, I believe that the Capstone project and work placement opportunities will greatly strengthen my competitive ability and prepare me for my career goal.
More importantly, having access to the leading global networks and powerful unique resources at Imperial College Business School extremely impresses me, especially the CFA exam preparation, Bloomberg & Reuters training and KPMG Data Observatory. Last but not least, according to the MSc Business Analytics employment report, graduates who go on to work in the consulting industry, which is my career goal, was the largest group, which made me become more determined to apply for this programme.
What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?
Generally, I enjoy most the diversity of the programme. All of the great modules involve real business applications in numerous industries, which provides me a comprehensive landscape of business analytics in the real world.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Analytics in Business is definitely my favourite, because I have fantastic opportunities to deal with real business problems and explore how to solve them with my team members by utilising what we have learned before, which brings a great sense of achievement.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The experience of working with people from distinctive backgrounds. All my classmates have unique and amazing backgrounds both in academic and practical areas. Collaborating with them not only broadens my horizon, but also strengthens my ability to work with different kinds of people.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Coding. Learning various programming languages in a short period of time is quite challenging, and it is important to keep practicing after class in order to apply in future modules and electives.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Due to the special circumstances of this year, most of us met each other via Zoom or other social media. Based on my limited cognition of my cohort, they are talented, hardworking, ambitious and brave. I believe that many of them will build their own companies and contribute to our society in the future.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Professor Wolfram Wiesemann. His teaching style is not only easy for students to assimilate knowledge, but also triggers our interests to dig deeper in the specific area. Also, I was moved by his patience and passion and he always responds to my emails quickly, even during the weekend. He always encourages me sincerely when I am in doubt, which motivates me to persevere and keep working hard.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Joining the Sino-British Future Elite Summit 2020-2021 where I was awarded the best negotiator prize. This activity brought me awesome new friends, practiced my skills on market research and business consultation, and enhanced my ability to communicate with people.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
There are countless high-quality workshops, events and guest lectures from different industries at the Business School. These activities have allowed me to explore industries comprehensively and know which industry I am interested in.
Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?
Yes. I chose electives from the MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme which provide me with opportunities to talk and work with other students and know their feelings and their career plans.
How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?
I connected with alumni who took our programme before through LinkedIn and they gave many recommendations and suggestions for future life and career development both in China and the UK
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I plan to work in the sustainable energy sector in the future as I believe it is one of the most important things that human beings face.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
Yes, definitely. I flew six hours from Boston to London to attend the on-campus information session and I still remembered that day. The experience of visiting the Business School and meeting alumni is fantastic and went beyond my expectations. Truly feeling the culture and environment of this School is necessary and cannot be gained from online research.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
I suggest to physically visit the campus and talk to someone who is studying or working on this programme. Another good way is to connect people through LinkedIn and get to know their real feelings of the programme.