What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before I started at Imperial, I was a volunteer intern in Laylac, a youth development centre in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Palestine. Furthermore, I co-founded ‘81 Foods’, a vegan food supplement available in Tenerife, Spain. Finally, I worked as a waiter at a restaurant in Edinburgh, which was the best job to develop my interpersonal skills.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College Business School?
Imperial is a university known for its excellence in science and technology, which combined with a programme focused on climate change, represents the crossroad that we are currently facing: a climate breakdown and an unprecedented technological disruption. This programme challenges and prepares you to be at the centre of it.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
Being in class with the same people for a whole year creates a family atmosphere, something you realise is necessary given the intensity and fast pace throughout the year.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was The Science of Climate Change. When you are taught the science behind climate change, you understand the magnitude of the crisis and therefore the change that is required. You become aware of the numerous problems we face and therefore can think about how to solve them, which I think is important in tailoring the direction you want to take in the future.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part of the programme has been the knowledge that I have gained, which allows you to critically think and express your ideas around many different issues.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
I found the most challenging part of the programme to be how fast paced it was, along with the coursework heavy modules we had to complete.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Good-hearted people who follow their aspirations with a lot of passion and purpose. They are a group with a lot of ambition and determination. In one way or another, each of them will lead the fundamental transformation that is required to solve the climate catastrophe that we face.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Yes, the one and only Dr Paulo Ceppi, the phenomenal Josue Tanaka and Professor Mirabelle Muuls, who does a colossal job in leading the programme and was also an essential support at a personal level.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The greatest opportunity is the incredible network that you are part of. When you have so much talent around you can start to consider major changes in your thinking and challenge yourself to do better, every day.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
All external speakers for the programme are there to test your thinking and give you knowledge and how to apply it throughout the year. Talks and coaching at the Enterprise Lab are also great, I would recommend everyone to use the space.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I was in the Imperial 1st Football Team, a Student Ambassador for the programme and I was also a member of the team that established a pilot project of hydroponic farming at White City.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I have been able to connect with people that I may work with for years to come. The wider Imperial College London community can be incredibly helpful in building your network and your future.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
Thanks to the programme, I am now part of Bytes R&D with other Imperial alumni. We are a startup with a focus on digital innovation and a great ambition to disrupt business-as-usual processes.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I have joined Bytes R&D as a new co-founder, focusing on developing the startup from its early stage. I was also offered the opportunity to create a sustainability plan for the Astrophysics Observatory of the Canary Islands in La Palma. Finally, another job offer I received through the programme, was the chance to work on a consultancy project for Plastic Energy, a business with the potential to transform the waste management industry. Studying on the programme has been great since it exposes you to a huge umbrella of opportunities.
How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?
I found the services from Careers to be helpful by giving me the confidence and the security that I would find other interesting job alternatives, if my other options failed.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
You are in the middle of a city, where everything is happening (food, businesses and culture) with people from all around the world. You are also exposed to great events with amazing guests; one of my favourites was the talk by Eric Schmidt (former CEO of Google), Jonathan Rosenberg (Vice President) and Alan Eagle (Director of Executive Communications) at Central Hall Westminster.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Pimlico. It’s great area because it’s close enough for me to bike to class every day, which means I save money on public transport and get my daily exercise in.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not studying, I write when I can, it helps me clarify and put my thoughts together.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?
London is the most multicultural and open city I have lived in, which is great since you are exposed to a wide diversity of people - that is very hard to find elsewhere. The main challenge of living here is to live on a student budget, as living expenses are quite high. Try to explore the city as much as possible, London can surprise you every day with new places or new faces.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
I attended a session with former student ambassadors, meeting them at the time really clarified why I was joining the programme. It can seem intimidating from the outside, so to have a clearer vision of what the programme will be like makes you confront the challenge with a lot of motivation and confidence.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Apply with the mentality that you can create change from scratch. Think critically about the problems and solutions that you will learn about throughout the programme and use Imperial to empower yourself with the endless resources that it offers. Be creative and self-sufficient and try to pursue a transformation in ways that you truly believe will lead to it.