BA Economics, McGill University
Senior Analyst Financial Services, CDP
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Prior to joining Imperial, I worked in the Financial Services industry as an Audit Associate at EY for close to two years.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College Business School?
In today’s world, there is no other field that needs as much attention and as many solutions as climate change. When I came across this programme over a year ago, as I was researching different Master’s degrees in the field, I knew right away that it was the perfect fit for my personality and my future aspirations. This MSc programme truly allowed me to combine my analytical background in economics and finance with my passion of working towards environmental sustainability.
What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?
I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the cohort and working on group projects, as I learned as much from my peers as from our lecturers. I also found the exposure we got to world-leading industry professionals extremely rewarding, as we had guest speakers on a weekly basis.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
It’s hard to choose one – I particularly enjoyed Sustainable Management Strategy with Dr Paolo Taticchi and Clean Tech Investments with Dr Charles Donovan. Dr Taticchi offered a comprehensive view of the corporate sustainability space and went beyond the surface of CSR as a corporate strategy. It also made me realise how diverse this space is, even with the multitude of frameworks out there. The group project for Clean Tech Investments was definitely one of the most challenging ones during the year, which also made it an extremely rewarding experience in the end. Through this module I gained a solid understanding of the many different investment types, investor profiles and got a glance into how to evaluate investment projects specifically in the “green space”.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part has been how much I have learned from the class discussion and group projects. Diving in-depth into challenging topics and combining our diverse skillset, lead us to some incredible projects in the end, that could never have come to life if done individually. Working on projects throughout the year allowed for a lot of personal development, which I think turned out to be even more important than the academic side of the programme.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part would have to be keeping up with the myriad of disciplines that are covered in a relatively short period of time. Having diverse modules allowed us to cover an incredible amount of content from different fields, but also made it hard to keep up with all of them – especially when combining it with extra-curricular activities, job hunting and maintaining a social life. My time-management skills were tested throughout the year.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
I loved it! The mix of people on the programme was incredible – the people really made the experience outstanding! The cohort is definitely unique at the Business School, bringing together people who share a strong passion and want to work towards the same goal, while at the same time being incredibly diverse. From day one, everyone was hungry to learn and ready to contribute their bit to each module, which made the programme engaging.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Dr Charles Donovan and Josue Tanaka were my two favourite lecturers. Dr Charles Donovan because of his engaging teaching style, his knowledge of the topic and expertise in the field. Josue Tanaka was in my top two because of his dedication to his students, his international experience, and insightful real-life examples.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The greatest opportunity has been attending panels and networking events with world class figures and climate leaders. The Programme team put a big emphasis on networking and industry exposure from the beginning of the year, which made my experience truly wholesome.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The weekly guest speaker series have been incredibly useful and one of my favourite parts of the whole programme.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I was involved in the student life at Imperial – I was a Student Ambassador for my programme, the Networking and Relations Manager for the Social Impact & Responsible Business Club, and I hosted the Green Minds podcast with one of my friends on the programme. I would encourage everyone to find an extracurricular or a project that they are passionate about and work on that alongside studying - it will greatly enhance your Imperial experience.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Being able to study at Imperial means more than just being part of the Business School. It means you are also part of the wider Imperial College London community, which has so much to offer in terms of personal and professional development. Our programme being part of the Grantham Institute as well as the Business School allowed us to have lecturers from science backgrounds working on ground-breaking climate research, which allowed us to attend Grantham Institute special lectures.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My career goals are constantly evolving. For the moment I am testing the waters in the environmental sustainability space. I have achieved what I set out to at the beginning of the programme, which was to work for an international organisation at the forefront of climate action. The field of sustainability is ever-changing and hasn’t reached its boom yet, so I prefer to keep myself nimble and open to new opportunities that the future may bring.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I accepted a role as a Senior Analyst at CDP, developing questionnaires and guidance on climate change disclosure for companies within the financial services sector.
How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?
The one-to-one sessions with career advisors proved to be very effective at multiple stages of my job hunt – from identifying potential employment opportunities, to perfecting my application and practicing for the final interview, I could always count on Imperial’s Careers team.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Absolutely! Whether it’s organising informational interviews, attending industry-related events, or going for a run at Hyde Park in the middle of the day - Imperial’s central location was invaluable.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Vauxhall, which is about a 25-minute cycle from Imperial. I found the location and cycling to be ideal, as opposed to having to commute from the other end of the city on the tube. Living close to campus has a lot of benefits, so I’d recommend students to live walking distance or a short cycle away from campus, in order to avoid spending too much time commuting.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I spend most of my free time with my friends - exploring parks, museums, cafes and events in and around London. I also like exercising, whether it’s going for a run in the park or going to the gym.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?
The list of benefits is endless. London offers a myriad of professional and social events, networking opportunities and personal development opportunities – I found these to be the highlight of my London experience. Personally, I didn’t really find any challenges – having moved around a few countries in the past ten years, I found moving to London to be the smoothest transition. Everyone finds things they like to do and friends in London – it is the best city to be in right now!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Two things. First, know why you would like to pursue this Master’s and make sure that it will bridge the gap between your past experiences and future goals. Second, when you come in with a specific background (whether it’s in engineering, economics, natural sciences or anything else), focus on areas you haven’t been exposed to before – the programme is so multifaceted, there is something new for everyone to learn!