Cecilia L’Ecluse
Cecilia L’Ecluse was an MSc Management class of 2017 student. After graduating from Imperial College Business School, Cecilia accepted a role as Solar Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Studying MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

Why did you decide to study an MSc in Climate Change, Management & Financeand why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I wanted to continue my studies in the field of climate change. The reason why I choose this programme was its more practical intake, which I preferred over a more ‘academic’ programme.

What makes MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College Business School unique?

You get the opportunity to both learn about the science of climate change from academics, and management and finance with guest lectures from people from the industry.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

Being close to the Grantham Institute with all experts on climate change.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The January exams were quite challenging.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I had two favourite modules:

  • The Science of Climate Change, about the basic scientific processes that make up our climate, thought up by the very good lecturer Erik van Sebille.
  • Clean Tech Innovation and Investment, thought up by a very good lecturer with lots of their own experience which they brought into the lecture.

Did you enjoy being part of the first cohort of MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance?

Yes, I definitely do not regret being part of the first cohort, even though there were some issues sometimes with scheduling the programme work.

 

Guest speakers

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

Every Thursday evening we had a guest lecture with people from different industries who work around climate change or sustainability. It was very interesting to hear about people’s experiences ‘in the field’ and, of course, it was very useful to get to know the possibilities we have with our degree.

 

The faculty

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Josué Tanaka, Charles Donovan and Erik van Sebille were all very knowledgeable in their fields as well as very good lecturers.

 

Your cohort

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment, whether it be group assignments or class discussions?

I very much enjoyed the group work. We were all quite close with each other on our programme and I very much enjoyed working with them. I also feel like you can achieve more in a team than on an individual project. We all had very different backgrounds and could all contribute in a different way.

 

Opportunities from studying at Imperial

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?

The guest lectures and the speed networking events were very good to build a network.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

By attending many events and seeing external speakers outside of the programme.

 

Career goals and jobs

Have you undertaken a work placement as part of the programme?

I am currently undertaking an internship at the UNFCCC until the end of September.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?

I had a one-to-one session to look over my CV and cover letter, and attended several workshops.

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I want to work around climate change and policy development, analysis, and the politics of climate change. Right now, I am doing my work placement at the UNFCCC, which is a first step in that direction. I have not actively applied for jobs after my work placement but will commence soon. I have made many contacts from the speed networking events at Imperial, which will help.

 

Life as a student in London

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? 

Not only are there so many professionals in London who came to the networking events and guest lectures, we also had the opportunity to visit them, for example we were introduced to staff at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in the Bloomberg Headquarters.

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

I lived in Fulham in student accommodation. It was a good neighbourhood and close to Imperial (20 minutes cycling).

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?

University work, brunch and a visit to a museum when the weather is bad or chill out in Hyde Park when the weather is nice. The evenings are for going out.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?

I think one of the main challenges was to find affordable accommodation, especially because I was abroad and did not know anyone in London. For someone in a similar position, I would advise to talk to some Imperial students for tips. The benefit is of course that you move to an amazing city!

 

Advice for future students

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus events? 

As a prospective student, I was invited to come to a lecture of Christina Figueres at Imperial, and meet Mirabelle and other prospective students. It was very useful to get to know the campus and already get in touch with other students, and the inspiring speech of Christina Figueres made me even more confident about my choice to study climate change.

Role
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance
Nationality
Belgium
Pre-MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance :

Political Science, KU Leuven

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Solar Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance