Sara Maria Moubarak
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before joining Imperial I pursued an eight month internship in resource mobilisation and partnerships at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Why did you decide to study an MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College Business School?
Having completed a BA in Economics during my undergraduate studies and being passionate about the environment, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance was a no brainer because it was the only programme offering both a scientific and business approach to the climate challenge. Through this, I was hoping to gain practical skills that would give me an edge within the corporate world.
Did you receive a scholarship? If so, what were the benefits of receiving this?
Being considered an international student despite holding the French citizenship when it came to tuition fees, I was extremely grateful to receive an Imperial Business Scholarship. Receiving both recognition and financial support encouraged me further to positively contribute to the Business School community.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
The group projects because I learned as much from my peers as I did from my professors and the weekly guest lecturers because their knowledge and industry insights were invaluable.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Choosing a single module is very tough so I will highlight two that I particularly enjoyed: Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change for the distinct and thought provoking assignments and Climate Finance for Dr. Tanaka’s experience and passion.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Balancing the projects, job applications and extra curricular activities as well as the revision period leading to the first set of exams.
How do you describe your cohort at imperial?
International, multidisciplinary, passionate, smart, creative, empathetic, fun.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Josué Tanaka because of his passionate teaching style, his international experience, his knowledge on the topic and his dedication to his students.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
With classmates coming from a wide range of academic backgrounds and work experiences, learning from them and having various skills to contribute to group projects was extremely enriching.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Attending guest lectures and talks by world class figures and climate leaders such as Al Gore, Lord Nicholas Stern and Paul Polman.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The networking events, the weekly guest lectures and the mingles with past cohorts were particularly useful.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?
I am a Student Ambassador, a Green Minds Project Leader and a Branding and Marketing Director at the Student Energy Summit 2019 (SES 19).
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My future career goals are constantly evolving. At the moment I am achieving what I had aimed for at the beginning of the programme which was to be working in an international company on their environment programme looking at their own and their clients’ carbon footprint reduction efforts.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I am currently pursuing an internship in Environmental Sustainability at Capgemini.
How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?
Imperial College Business School Careers were very helpful, offering a huge range of workshops and one to one sessions. I used this service ahead of my interview at Capgemini to practice beforehand and it has proven to be very useful.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
We couldn’t be better located than in the heart of London particularly for a Master’s with a finance component. Professionals working in The City can easily come to Imperial for networking events and guest lectures. Imperial students can also visit offices and headquarters, which we had the chance to do when we were invited to visit the Carbon Trust Headquarters in the South Bank and meet employees there.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live close to the South Kensington campus which is very convenient for early classes and late nights at the library.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
You never have enough spare time in London but when I do I love to explore the city by foot, go to museums, exhibitions and flea markets, attend plays and concerts, chill in parks, when the weather permits and discover the unparalleled food scene. Moving from North America to Europe means I really value how cheap and easy it is to travel in Europe and I try to make the most out of it. This year I have visited friends in Warsaw, Dublin, Bordeaux, Lausanne, Barcelona and counting.
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?
The benefits of moving to London are unlimited in my opinion. There were a few challenges such as navigating the flat rental market at the beginning. My advice to people moving here would be to start searching early and making sure the area is well connected to Imperial by public transport.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
Since I lived in Montreal I couldn’t attend the on campus information sessions but I did attend the online webinars which I found extremely useful as they allowed me to better understand the structure of the programme, the type of content and to hear honest opinions about the programme from the students themselves.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
APPLY !! It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.