Why did you decide to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business (ESB) at Imperial College Business School?
I chose ESB because it was an excellent combination of taught modules and individual research projects, successfully combining academia with real life business cases. While studying both Economics and Business had always been really an exciting idea, one of the biggest selling points for me was the summer Consulting Project.
What was your Consulting Project about and who did you work for? Was this valuable experience for your career?
We worked for Trimble Forestry, assessing potential of European markets and advising on the most beneficial modes of entry. Our client was super engaged in the whole process and always ready to answer any questions. This was definitely a smooth and easy entry to consulting, especially that handling clients in real life set-up turned out to be a bit more challenging. However, experiencing problem structuring and data modelling before the first day at work was definitely helpful.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Living up to the motto of ‘all for one and one for all’ has always been somehow embedded in my mind-set. This was definitely reinforced during my time at Imperial College and later, it proved very useful in my professional life. Simply because this is how consultants work on every day basis!
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
The group was very diverse – students came from many backgrounds and across all continents. Everyone clearly had their own goals when starting the programme – either academic or professional, but still, the group was very supportive with everyone somehow optimising the experience for fun and making new friends at the same time.
Studying at Imperial College Business School means you have access to a wide range of clubs, societies and other activities in the Business School and also the wider College. Were you involved in any of these opportunities?
I played handball as women’s team captain for the whole year, leading the team to win a silver plate in the National Student Championships. It was a great way to make new friends from outside of the Business School who I still stay in touch with. I cannot even express how much I recommend joining a team sport – it is a great adventure, the perfect getaway from academia, and even a precious source of good examples of personal impact stories for any future interviews! On another note, never underestimate the programme events – they are not only fun but also a great networking opportunity.
How has your career developed since completing the programme?
I was determined to join consulting after MSc completion. So when I got an offer to join McKinsey & Co in London, I knew I had to take it. And I did – joined McKinsey as Business Analyst in February the year after, just when I got back from my grad-trip. Like most of McKinsey new joiners, I started as a generalist who, during a two year-long programme, is to explore various industries while building a basic consultant toolkit. And the ESB programme definitely allowed me to get a taste of consulting life before my real one officially started – especially during our consulting project.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business?
Prepare – for networking, for application writing, and finally for the interview. But never be afraid of being bold while dreaming big.