Why did you decide to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School?
I visited Imperial at an open day during my (Bachelor’s) semester abroad in London and was already then convinced by the innovative mind-set and the diversity of students and staff on campus. I was looking for a degree that would allow me to deepen my knowledge in either Economics or Strategy studies, the two topics that fascinated me most during my Bachelor’s degree – and the MSc ESB combined both! The programme was just the right fit for me.
Did you have any work experience/internships before starting at Imperial College Business School?
I completed a dual study programme with rotations in finance, HR, marketing and direct/indirect procurement in cooperation with Philips. I then worked as a Real Estate Market Procurement Specialist at Philips prior to starting at Imperial.
What makes MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School unique?
The interdisciplinarity. The combination of Economics and Strategy studies, with a focus on application in a real-world business environment, is what makes this programme unique – not only in Europe, but in the world.
What aspects of the programme did you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
It was a combination of three things that made my year at Imperial so enjoyable and rewarding (something you realise only once you have finished the course and left the college):
- The people: exceptional lecturers, my cohort and the huge support network that you gain once you join Imperial – from the programmes team to the careers service.
- The programme: the interdisciplinarity of the programme and the focus on application of theory in a real-world business context (from the case study approach to the Consulting project) is what makes this programme so exciting.
- The location – honestly, there is no better city for studying than London!
Did you complete a Consulting project? If so, what was your project about and who did you work for? Was this valuable experience for your career?
I completed a Consulting project for Shell Chemicals with my ESB team, consisting of five students (myself included) from China, Norway and Germany. It was our task to identify the most important demand zones for Shell Chemicals in 2030. Building on what we had learned over the course of the year – integrating our knowledge from both relevant Economics and Strategy modules – we developed a quantitative model to identify the drivers of growth in the most relevant petrochemicals consuming industries and forecasted the largest demand zones/countries in 2030. We then analysed the most important demand zones as well as petrochemicals consuming industries to derive recommendations for Shell Chemicals. From my perspective the Consulting project was one the most valuable and also one of the most intense experiences of the ESB programme – putting strategy into action and solving problems that matter for real clients!
Did you have a favourite module and/or lecturer – and why?
Tommaso Valletti’s lecture on Business Economics was probably my favourite module of the ESB programme – a very engaging class and a remarkable lecturer. Andreas Eisingerich’s lecture on Strategic Marketing was also super inspirational and nothing like the average marketing lectures (forget about the standard marketing frameworks) that you probably took during your Bachelor studies!
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Diverse, driven and made some life-long friends. I would advise to go to the programme events – they are always fun!
Did you benefit from the services provided by the Careers and Professional Development Service?
The Careers and Professional Development Service can be beneficial at any stage of your career / application process. What I found most beneficial, however, was the breadth of company presentations they organized – meeting potential employers is one of the best ways to find out if you would fit in.
Please give details of your career since finishing MSc ESB. What role did the programme play in your career?
After finishing the ESB I joined McKinsey as a consultant in their German office – an opportunity I followed largely because of the programme and in particular the Consulting project. I realized that there are few things (in a professional context) that I enjoy more than solving problems and working on strategic topics that matter together with exceptional people.
Where did you live in London whilst you were a student and why did you choose to live there?
I chose to live in the student hall Orient House in Imperial Wharf in a shared accommodation largely because of the nice neighbourhood and Orient house being quite close to the college. However, looking back I would have probably preferred to stay in a non-shared accommodation.
Do you have any advice for people moving to London to study?
If your time allows, I would recommend going to London for a couple of days to look at different accommodation options and then choosing the one you feel most comfortable with. For anyone moving to London without knowing anybody in the city, don’t worry – you will make great friends within just a couple of days because everyone is in the same boat as you are.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business?
If you are unsure if ESB is right for you, visit the college, talk to current students or alumni as well as the programme team – there are various ways to get to know the college, just make use of them. Once you are sure that ESB is right for you, take the time to thoroughly prepare your application and show them who you are and what makes you different.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
Once you join the college you gain a huge network spread across the globe – a network consisting of your fellow students and your lecturers, but also the wider college community. You just need to stay connected!