Megane Voirol, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Swiss

Education: BA Business Administration, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

About you

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

During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to have two summer internships in Finance within a private pharmaceutical company in Switzerland. I worked directly with the Senior Finance Director and General Manager. After my graduation, I had the opportunity to work in a multinational FMCG company in Finance, Planning and Business Development for the Swiss Market. Going above and beyond problem-solving and finding innovative ways to tackle issues combined with great team collaboration have driven me to succeed.

Why did you decide to study an MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School?

I decided to study an MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School, because not only does the programme have a great diversity within the cohort and is part of a world-known and high ranked university, it offered a combination of quantitative and qualitative aspects with a focus on strategy, helping me to pursue my goal of becoming a successful analytical thinker. The opportunity to be surrounded and supported by a significant number of alumni, and the doors that Imperial networks offer is what stands out as well.


What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

What I enjoyed the most was the diversity of background and culture the cohort had. Meeting and getting to know incredible people from all around the world with different professional experiences was a great part of the experience. Reunited in social events, classes or on Zoom has made us closer than ever, creating our extensive future network.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module was the class given by Colin Love, called Global Strategy. The lecturer taught us more than just theory with in-depth class discussions of case studies and actual business news. Learning about how companies should adapt to changing environments, contemporary management and expand globally, the classes main project was to create a website embedding our strategic recommendation for the board and CEO of our chosen company and develop a five-year strategy for its expansion in an emerging country. This class broadened our perspective and knowledge on global strategy, while discussing relevant and actual matter.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme is how much we all have grown professionally and personally. The high diversity of the cohort and the numerous group projects have taught us how to work effectively in diverse groups. I feel the Master’s has provided us the tools to be more comfortable and confident in everyday business challenges and improved our presentation skills.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most difficult part of the programme is mostly time management. It is difficult in the first months to balance assignments, classes, group projects and meetings, job hunting, and personal life. It takes great planning and time management to be able to adapt to the active life of Imperial College Business School.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Besides being multinational and diverse as previously mentioned, the MSc Economics & Strategy for Business cohort has been immensely supportive throughout the various semesters. Always there for each other from personal to academic and professional matters, I believe the cohort has been and will be a great network and support for everyone.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

My favourite lecturer was Anastasiya Ostrovnaya, teaching Risk Management. I believe the class was one of the most challenging modules of the programme for most of the cohort. However, Anastasiya was always ready to explain and re-explain terms and models we had difficulty understanding. By continuously challenging us to learn more and to discuss actual and relevant investments news, she has managed to attract the attention of her class. Lastly, besides being very knowledgeable in the subject, she enjoyed showing her passion in this subject, shown through her teaching.


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

I had the opportunity to become Director of Marketing, Sponsoring and Social Media at the Consulting Club of Imperial College Business School. This position allowed me to expand my network, meet people from different programmes as well as meeting interesting companies and speakers. Moreover, I was elected Social Leader of the Student Staff Committee for MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, where I had the opportunity to organise various events to engage the cohort and really meet most people in the class. Being Social Leader also enabled me to attend the  Student Staff Committee, helping my cohort’s experience and feedback to be heard.

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

Being highly interested in M&A consulting, the guest lecture provided by Daniel Stillit on M&A and Valuation in Corporate Finance was very insightful. Having more than 20 years of experience in investment banking in big banks, Daniel Stillit provided us an industry applicable perspective and help us understand the module more deeply.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

I was the Director of Marketing, Sponsoring and Social Media at the Consulting Club of Imperial College Business School as well as Social Leader of the Student Staff Committee (SSC). Those two responsibilities have sometimes been time-consuming and challenging to handle all the responsibilities but were an incredible way to meet people from different programmes as well as get to know your class. I have enjoyed both positions as I developed many skills, such as leadership, social media and communication skills.


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

I want to find a full-time role in a strategy consulting firm, before possibly working again in an FMCG in the future. I believe Imperial has provided us the tools and opportunities to thrive in a challenging business environment.

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

The Careers team at the Business School was very helpful. By organising multiple workshops on personal and professional development, and employers’ events, while supporting us in our job hunt and interview prep, Careers has helped us navigate through the employment process, making sure we had all the support we needed.

London Location

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

London is a very connected business hub, and studying in such a central location provides you with strong connections to interesting individuals and firms in many industries. It is through the Imperial College alumni network that I met someone over coffee who was working at a consulting company I was highly interested in, with headquarters in London, I managed to get an interview.

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

I live in Parsons Green, which is a great location as it has a direct line to South Kensington, where Imperial College is located, and to the city centre. Moreover, Parsons Green is a very young neighbourhood with various parks in its surroundings.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

I am very passionate about horse riding, therefore whenever I have time, I try to escape the city centre of London for a ride. Otherwise, when not studying, I like to try new restaurants and new places and discover all the great parts London offers with my friends and cohort.

What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?

Moving from Lausanne, Switzerland, to London was quite a big change, notably with the speed of life in the hub of London. In such a big and fast-paced city, some people could find it challenging and slightly lonely if alone before entering the university. Therefore, I highly recommend that people get in touch with the future cohort to meet new people in the same boat as soon as moving in. Moreover, London offers so many various activities and cultures, that I am sure it would be hard to get bored of.


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

I would recommend anyone to think about what they are looking for in the future and what their career goals are. When decided, think about how this Master’s could help you attain those goals and if this programme will teach you the skills to thrive in your chosen business environment. Expect the programme to be challenging and time challenging but also expect it to enable you to expand your network by meeting incredible people from all over the world, with some of which you will become close friends. This programme will provide the necessary tools for you to grow personally and professionally, so you should be prepared to work hard, work within diverse teams and enjoy while learning. 

Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Swiss

Education: BA Business Administration, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland