Pankhuri Zoya Bhatnagar
MSc Economics and Strategy for Business

Why did you choose to study MSc Economics and Strategy for Business, and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I chose MSc. Economics and Strategy for Business in order to equip myself with the tools to analyze business decisions from an economic perspective keeping in mind their long-term strategic direction. The programme provides an extensive combination of courses rich in both quantitative and qualitative content based on elements from economics and strategic management providing an all-round perspective for understanding potential value in a business. I also liked the focus on practical application of concepts through case study method of teaching, business simulation exercises and the final consultancy project. Learning from industry experts in a unique digital learning environment together with an opportunity to be part of a well-connected global alumni network from both the business school and Imperial College played an important role in my decision. I believed that such an environment would be ideal for developing the requisite skills, knowledge and network to get a head start in my career as a commercial manager in a multinational energy service company.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?

Be ready to explore different opportunities in a fast paced environment – this program is unique in its setup for providing insight into a range of different industries through its courses, guest lectures and workshops as well as bringing together a cohort of students from different professional and cultural backgrounds. Performing in a team based multinational environment on practical business cases, as offered by this program, can really develop your skill set and help you understand different cultures. Use this experience to practice management and group decision making skills.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School? / What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?

It has been a fantastic opportunity to learn alongside a cohort of talented classmates from so many different backgrounds. I have made lifelong friends from around the world and we have shared some very special experiences as part of the program that I will cherish forever.

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

My experience at the Business School has been invaluable for my career – the MSc Economics and Strategy Programme for Business has equipped me with a valuable set of tools and skills to analyze the business environment, understand the dynamics of various internal and external forces within a business and practical applications to create value where I work. Studying Energy Economics module and the consulting project in the summer term of the program has helped develop my skill set in the industry of my choice giving me an excellent background for the oil and gas industry management trainee scheme that I joined after completing the MSc Program at Imperial.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?

The Careers and Professional Development Service of ICBS played an integral role at every stage of my job search from helping me determine my target career sector to organising mock assessment centres. I did many specifically tailored workshops with the career advisors and had access to a wealth of resources to equip myself for the application and selection process. ​Also the Careers Service organised many guest lectures from senior executive from corporations such as BP, IBM, Google, Hermes and McKinsey – I found these to be extremely inspiring opportunities and made full use of these to learn about different aspects of their businesses and career paths.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

The ESB cohort from my year is spread around the world but we continue to stay in touch via various social media channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn. I am also in touch with many more Business School Alumni via Linkedin as well as meeting them during alumni events organised by the Careers and Alumni team at the Business School.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

As ICBS alumni, our different professional and personal backgrounds are united by our experience at the Business School. I find this common bond connects us into a valuable network of knowledge and experience. I find it particularly inspiring to speak to my fellow alumni about their fantastic experiences and different career paths post study. This not only expands my horizons but also keeps me informed of trends and news in different industries.

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 2013
Programme studied:

MSc Economics and Strategy for Busines

Undergraduate degree:

BSc Economics, Brunel University

Employment before studying at the Business School:

Financial Analyst, American Express (London, U.K.) and Economist, Statoil ASA (Oslo, Norway; London, U.K.)