Andy Tija
MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 2017

Academic and industry experience before Imperial

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I did summer internships in banking and FMCG. The role that I had in banking was mainly due diligence reporting at Indonesia’s largest private bank. During my internship in FMCG at Singapore, I was responsible for doing market research. During the first term of my MSc, I was a contractor in Finance with Insight Service Ltd. In the United Kingdom. My main responsibility was to build revenue model and forecasting.

Why did you decide to study an MSc in Economics & Strategy for Business and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Imperial Business School is a well-known university which I hope would open many doors for me. I have always been planning to do an economics related subject
since my undergraduate. More importantly, I heard before I joined that the Business School has a fantastic career advice service and lots of networking events.


Studying MSc in Economics & Strategy for Business

What makes the MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School unique? 
The consultancy project is such a unique experience. The opportunity is perfect to showcase all skills which I have been developing throughout my time here. More importantly, it gave me a real-life consultancy experience.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
The networking events are definitely a must-do. The Business School attracts top employers across the UK and globally in fact. I managed to network with my future colleagues at PwC.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the subject is mainly juggling between different group works. It is indeed intensive. However, I made sure I had solid time management and discovered the best way to work with my syndicate group. Overall, it was fine.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Risk Management and Macroeconomics. I was fortunate enough to be taught by such knowledgeable lecturers with real-life industry experience.


Your cohort

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?

Delegation of tasks and different insights from different group members.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

  • Diverse both culturally and academically
  • Over-achievers and driven
  • Knowledgeable, resourceful, and sociable


Career goals and jobs

How have you benefited from the services provided by Careers?

It helped me a lot through all stages of job applications and even through a networking event.

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

I would spend five years in audit to gain and use my ACA qualification. Then I would move to M&A Advisory within PwC before going to a bank.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme? 

I have secured a role in the Assurance and Auditing deportment at PwC. The careers service helped me a lot through the partner interview stage.


Life as a student in London

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?

Yes as it provides close proximity to all employers.

Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I live in St. James’ Park. It’s central, close to a park, and easy to access any part of London. It’s also relatively safe.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?

In general, spending the day working on preparations for the next week and still being able to have nice dinner and night out.


Advice for future students

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Network and socialise a lot. The people are the most rewarding aspect.

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business
Pre-MSc Economics & Strategy for Business:

BSc Business Management at Queen Mary University of London

Job after Imperial College Business School:

Audit Associate at PwC UK