Dominic Spanos
ndustrial Placement Year at the Bank of England and summer internships at Emirates NBD and United Arab Bank.

About you

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Industrial Placement Year at the Bank of England and summer internships at Emirates NBD and United Arab Bank.

Why did you decide to study an MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School after completing your undergraduate studies?

The Master’s is unique in its ability to draw on both Economics, which I studied at undergraduate, as well as other important career skills. It is this well rounded curriculum that put the Economics & Strategy for Business programme  above all others for me.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

I really enjoyed the teamwork aspect of the programme. To work for, and learn from, your team mates instead of just yourself is eye opening and has provided me with a wealth of new perspectives.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I enjoyed the Corporate Strategy module as it did an excellent job of blending the theoretical with the practical. Using the tools learned throughout this module, I feel I am much more able to unpick and predict business decisions.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The word counts are often much shorter than feels adequate. This has taught me a vital skill that is extremely necessary in the workplace, to be succinct.

People

How do you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Friendly and diverse.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Pedro Rosa Dias, Business Economics lecturer, really set the tone for the year. His engaging lectures constantly looked to apply our learning to real-life examples and made light work of complicated concepts.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

The consulting project allowed me to get a great sense of what it is like to work as a consultant. It also gave me cause to leverage the vast resources of Imperial College beyond the business school.

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

All of them! So many events are put on and all are useful. I would highly recommend attending as many as you can, always keeping an open mind and maintaining a willingness to learn outside of the classroom.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?

The Consultancy Society and Finance Society were both great opportunities to meet new interesting people while also furthering my career opportunities. I also took part in the What The Tech initiative which looked to help older people with any technological problems. I would thoroughly recommend this as a way to give back to the community close to Imperial.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

Hugely. Science and technology is all pervasive and where better to learn about the cutting edge than Imperial? Learning about the latest advancements in robotics and things like MedTech have given me a newfound appreciation of the power of technology.

Career

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

My ultimate career goal is to be involved in small financial companies, helping them to grow. Imperial has given me exposure to many such companies, giving me invaluable insights that will be of great help in my fledgling consulting career.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme (please give details of roles you have accepted, what you will be doing)?

I have accepted an offer as an Associate at Capco where I will be a financial services consultant. This job will give me an opportunity to work the world’s largest financial institutions at a fast growing and exciting company located near London’s Silicone Roundabout.

How did the service from Careers help you secure employment and help in your professional development?

They were invaluable. They helped me to really polish my CV and cover letter far beyond my expectations. They also helped me to hone my interview technique.

London location

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

The sheer number of networking opportunities is incredible. I have attended networking events for nearly every major consultancy/ financial institution over the course of the year because it so easy for them to come over to Imperial.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?

There are so many good restaurants and bars, even around campus, that you would struggle to ever get bored! I have had numerous opportunities to travel around Europe throughout the year, most recently I visited Berlin.

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 student accommodation is great option and makes life very easy. If not, make sure to shop around and find the best place, at the best price, only after checking all the options.

Tips

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?

I attended an on-campus event which was pivotal for me in settling on this programme. I was fortunate enough to able to attend in person but if that is not possible then, having helped out with online webinars, they are just as useful. Talking to people who have been through the programme  previously helps you to realise the quality of the alumni and the wealth of knowledge they possess

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

Look through the module descriptions and definitely attend an online webinar/ information session. The important thing is that you feel you are going to get what you want out of the MSc.

Role
MSc Economics & Strategy for Business
Nationality
Cyprus
Undergraduate Education :

BSc Economics, University of Surrey

Job after Imperial College Business School :

Associate Talent Programme Capco