Ludovica Pignatelli

Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Italian

Undergraduate Education: BSc Political Economy, King’s College London (2016), MSc Experimental Economics, Durham University (2017)

Job after Imperial College Business School: JHS Foundation, Students Relations Officer

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 2018

About you

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

Over the last five years I have had work experiences in the financial sector, at a think tank and with a foundation that sponsors young women’s higher education in their home countries. These experiences have given me exposure to many different real-life working environments and interactions. They have taught me that there are many challenges involving management and governance with which organisations have to deal to be efficient and effective.

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

I decided to study for an MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School because I believed it would give me the opportunity to apply what I had learnt in my undergraduate degree and more recently at Durham University. I choose this MSc because it covers a wide range of topics in economics, strategy, accounting, business and finance and at the same time it equips students with the tools necessary to apply their knowledge to real-life work environments.


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

I am really enjoying the Consulting Project because it lets you experience situations and problems that you would only find in a work environment. These experiences will help us students to transition from our student life to our work life.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module was Business Economics. The aim of this module was to show you how to apply economic theory to the real world. I found this module very interesting because it helped me understand how to use traditional economic models as tools to for example come up with a strategy for a merger or to justify a natural monopoly.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging (but also rewarding) part of the programme has been managing group work and individual study. Our modules were taught in five weeks which meant we were forced to constantly stay on top of the material taught in class while making sure we were organised as a group to work efficiently and hand-in top-quality work.


How do you describe your cohort at Imperial?

My cohort at Imperial was amazing. Although we were a relatively big class, thanks to the many icebreaker activities in the first couple of weeks, we all got to know each other relatively quickly. We are a very international group with a lot to learn from one another. It was an intense year with many deadlines and job applications, however, the mix of people in the MSc made it all more enjoyable.

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

We were required to work in groups for all of our modules. This forced us to work with different people and learn how to work together effectively in order to achieve high quality results. These experiences will help us in the future when we will have to work with a team in time-pressured and high-standard work environments.


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

One of the greatest opportunities I had at Imperial was taking part in the Inside LVMH competition. It was a really fun experience and I am really glad I took part. My team and I had to come up with our vision of the luxury experience of tomorrow. It allowed us to use our creativity and apply some of our knowledge from the Economics & Strategy for Business programme. This competition got me really interested in the luxury and retail world which is why I will be writing my Economics & Strategy for Business report on this industry.

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

I attended many career events and fairs. These events were really helpful to learn more about different jobs and work areas. They helped me better understand the career path I want to undertake.

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

During my time at Imperial I held two student leadership positions. I was a Career leader for my cohort and a Student Ambassador. As a Career leader, I worked with the other Career leader for my cohort, Fabrizia, and with Bosede, our MSc’s Careers Consultant in order to best assist students in their job search. As a Student Ambassador I helped prospective students learn more about Imperial and the Economics & Strategy for Business  programme as well as encouraging people to apply to this amazing MSc.


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

As I now look ahead to life after university, my goal is to work in an environment which requires me to apply my knowledge together with the critical thinking skills acquired during my studies to develop innovative solutions. My career aspiration is to work in a client-facing and consulting role. Imperial has helped me to better shape my career goals thanks to its many career events and activities such as the Inside LVMH programme.

London location

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

Studying in London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities because it is easier to go to events in offices than if you were studying two hours away from London. In addition, companies are more willing to come to Imperial to give presentations and this allows you to meet more people from the company and learn about their different experiences and roles.

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

There are an infinite amount of activities to do in London and we have often organised activities with friends from the cohort. At the beginning of  the Summer Term, some of us decided to start playing tennis on a weekly basis at Battersea Park to do some sport and enjoy the nice weather.


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 the post-offer campus session in April because I wanted to learn more about the programme by talking to current students. I found it very useful and it helped me to decide that Imperial would be a great next step. I would definitely recommend that prospective students attend these events so that they can better understand the atmosphere at Imperial.

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

My advice to someone thinking about applying for the programme is that if you are interested in economics and strategy and want to move away from a theory-only to a more hands-on approach then you should definitely apply. This programme covers a wide range of areas from Strategic Marketing to Risk Management and Accounting, which are all tools that will be very useful in any business-related role. The MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business is tough but also rewarding so if you are up for the challenge, go for it!

Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Italian

Undergraduate Education: BSc Political Economy, King’s College London (2016), MSc Experimental Economics, Durham University (2017)

Job after Imperial College Business School: JHS Foundation, Students Relations Officer