What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I worked as an Economic Research Analyst at CBRE, a commercial real estate firm for about four months before starting at Imperial. I also worked as an economics tutor during my undergrad, University of Alberta. Before that, I did summer internships at the Government of Alberta as a research assistant and the Canada Revenue Agency.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School?
I decided to study at Imperial because I needed to learn how best to apply all the theoretical economics and mathematical knowledge I had amassed during my undergrad degree. Furthermore, I wanted to gain more exposure and differentiate myself for having a global education presence that enabled me to work for any corporation, in any part of the world. Imperial seemed to be the right fit for that with its central location in London and its world-renowned reputation as a top ten university. The MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme was the perfect choice since I could further expand and learn how to apply my previous economics knowledge, and gain skills in corporate finance and strategy, which will help me with my future aspirations of being a well-rounded and holistic professional.
Did you receive a scholarship?
I received the Imperial Business Scholarship, which was a £10,000 scholarship awarded to just three people in the programme. I felt incredibly honoured to receive the scholarship because it proved to me that all my hard work throughout my undergrad was not wasted. It also made me confident that I could excel amongst the brightest individuals in in such a competitive programme.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
I enjoy the interactions I have with my fellow peers the most. As a Canadian, I got to interact with a range of different cultures both in my neighbourhood and on-campus during my undergrad. However, studying at Imperial has exposed me to more cultural backgrounds than I ever hoped to interact with at home. There are over 41 nationalities represented on this programme, which means there is always something I can learn from my classmates. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the system the programme used for randomly assigning the students into different syndicate groups. I met my best mate in London through this syndicate group, and I have learned how to work more effectively with different personality types.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module is a tie between Corporate Finance and Digital Economics and Digital Strategy. The Corporate Finance module was my first true taste of finance, and I absolutely loved it. The Digital Economics and Digital Strategy module was very interesting because we talked about very relevant technologies that are affecting firms, such as Machine Learning and Blockchain. Coming into Imperial, my main goal was to only consider consulting roles, but after studying these two modules, I am also considering finance and technology related roles.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part of the programme is looking back at how much I have grown, both as an individual and as a young professional. My presentation, networking and communication skills have improved since I started the programme, and I am more confident and comfortable in unexpected and previously challenging environments.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part of the programme has been time-management. There is so much to do in London, and since this programme is only a year long, I want to do everything I possibly can. However, it is often quite difficult to balance going to classes, working on projects, going to the gym, playing soccer, going for a night out and applying for jobs.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
The cohort is very diverse, friendly and filled with intelligent people who challenge you and genuinely want you to succeed along with them.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Pedro Rosa Dias who taught Business Economics was my favourite professor, simply because you could tell that he really cared about the students understanding the material and applying the material to real-world cases.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
This would be representing Imperial at the 2019 London Case Championship and winning it with some of my teammates from the programme.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I went to an event called ‘Being Black in the Corporate World’, and it was very insightful and motivating for me personally to see many successful black professionals in major firms in London.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I am currently a Student Ambassador, the Event Director of the North American Business Club, and a member of the Imperial Consulting Club.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Studying in London makes it quite easy to go to lots of networking events, and employers are always visiting Imperial because it’s so close to their offices. So, studying in London is very beneficial for networking!
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in the Wood Lane Gradpad studio in White City. It’s about 35-40 minutes from the Business School campus. I chose to live here because Gradpad is affiliated with Imperial, so it was a trusted landlord for me to use. Furthermore, since it’s graduate student accommodation, I knew it would be good for me to meet others from my programme there and form good friendships.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I go to the gym about four times a week, I play soccer once a week, and surprisingly enough, go to a spin class once a week as well. I enjoy staying active and hanging out with friends. London has a great nightlife, so I love to go to new places in the city.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?
London is an amazing city because you can never run out of things to do. You get to live in a city that embraces its diversity and has a pretty good transportation system as well. A challenge of staying in London is that things are quite pricey here, so you need to make sure you can properly plan your expenses.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
Unfortunately, I did not attend any webinars or campus information sessions. But, communicating with Student Ambassadors using the Unibuddy platform was invaluable and was the final indicator for me to choose Imperial. I’d recommend jumping on the Business School website and asking the students any questions you may have – they are super helpful!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
This is a great programme where you will learn how to be a holistic professional, which employers appreciate from graduates. So, do your research about the programme, speak to Student Ambassadors and apply early to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.