Navin, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Indian

Education: B. Tech Civil Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology

Internship secured after programme: Investment Analyst, Lunar Ventures

Full-time role secured after programme: Associate Consultant, Capco

About you

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

Before beginning my journey at Imperial College Business School, I was working as a Business Analyst at RedSeer Consulting where I was working with startup unicorns in the consumer technology industry. This was my very first exposure to the world of consulting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the job.

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

During the penultimate year of my undergraduate degree, I was involved with a lot of startups where my day-to-day responsibilities included solving problems for them. Based on this experience and my past internships, I decided to pursue a career in consulting. But with my lack of understanding of the business concepts as well as core strategy frameworks used for problem-solving, I decided to first study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial. From my research, this was the only specialised programme structured to prepare students for the consulting industry.


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

The most enjoyable aspect of the programme is the plethora of case studies that we get to discuss in all the modules. The theory is well balanced with the real-world applications of the concepts, and that makes a difference in understanding the topics of the programme as a whole.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Corporate Strategy has been my favourite module so far because it was accompanied by a good number of cases spread across different types of problems, strategies and industries. I also enjoyed the group assignment, where we were asked to take up a global merger/acquisition and then present our findings based on the corporate strategy frameworks that we were taught during the module. Our team selected the HP-Compaq merger, and it was fun and insightful to think of the strategy from a stakeholder’s point of view.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme has been the emphasis on application-based learning. The focus has always been around understanding the concepts and then applying them in the real world. Coming from an engineering background, this aspect of the programme has been influential in making me understand the business concepts that I had never studied before.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging part of the programme has been time management, balancing academics, job-hunting and extracurriculars. It was very difficult in the beginning, but the Imperial community is very supportive. After a month or so, you get used to the fast-paced nature of this place and learn to prioritise.


How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Smart, resilient and diverse.


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

I was fortunate to be selected as the President of the Consulting Club, and it has been the greatest opportunity I’ve had at Imperial so far. We have been organising multiple employer sessions, workshops, alumni sessions and social meetups for the Club’s community to enable them to break into the world of consulting. The opportunity to help people achieve their goals is very rewarding.

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

I’ve been elected as the President of the Consulting Club, Director of Partnerships at Imperial Launch and the Project Manager for the Imperial Consulting Group’s pro bono engagements. Outside of academics, I truly believe that these extracurricular experiences are the ones that shape our overall growth as a student and make us confident to start our professional journey.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?

The core committee of the Consulting Club is comprised of students from across the Business School. The key thing that I’m learning as the leader of the club is how people coming from different backgrounds converge at a single vision of helping the community. This diversity in the committee has enabled each one of us to learn from each other and come up with multiple creative ideas for the club.

How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?

While working on a pro bono case for Mastercard, which was facilitated by the Imperial Consulting Group, I got an opportunity to connect and work with students from the wider Imperial College London. My team consisted of associates from various programmes – MSc Management, MSc Finance, MEng Mechanical Engineering, MEng Chemical Engineering, and MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering. Working with such a diverse team allowed us to learn from different perspectives as well as giving us a true feeling of what working in consulting might look like.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

The multi-mode teaching delivery has been flawless. The content delivery, examinations and other technology-related aspects of the programme have been really good. The professors have been super enthusiastic and caring about creating an experience as close to the classroom teaching as possible. As we all know, the in-person learning experience can never be truly replicated, but I’d like to emphasise the point that the delivery of the content has been great, and we’re excited to attend some in-person lectures during the Summer term.


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

My short-term goal is to enter consulting and apply the knowledge that I’ve gained through my programme. Later on, I want to join a venture capital firm to support the global innovation ecosystem through investments in startups.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

I have had the opportunity to get support from Imperial College Business School Careers and was fortunate to pass screening rounds for Bain & Company, Zynga, PwC, Publicis Sapient, Capco, Lunar Ventures, Samsung, etc.

I ended up confirming an investment analyst internship with Lunar Ventures and I’ve also secured a full-time role as an Associate Consultant at Capco, a multi-national business and technology management consultancy firm.

London Location

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

I couldn’t think of a better place than London to pursue my Master’s. There hasn’t been a day when I was not able to find job opportunities or someone to network with in my field of interest. Consulting, investment banking, technology – there are abundant opportunities in every sector. The fact that Imperial is considered to be a ‘target university’ by most companies is an added advantage.

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

I live in Earl’s Court in London. I decided to stay here because it is within walking distance from Imperial, a factor which makes this area popular with the Business School’s students and I am given even more opportunities to interact with fellow Imperial classmates.

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

During the holidays, I tried to learn card tricks and read a couple of books. I love to explore new places; with the easing of restrictions, I’m looking forward to exploring London.


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

If you already know that a Master’s would help you achieve your goals, and you are someone who likes to explore business concepts from a real-world perspective, don’t second-guess this decision. One thing I’d highlight for the next cohort is that you’ll have the opportunity to study electives to specialise in a particular field of interest. I believe the core modules plus the option of choosing from a wide range of specialisms and electives make this programme one of the best that Imperial has to offer. All the best!

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Programme: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Nationality: Indian

Education: B. Tech Civil Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology

Internship secured after programme: Investment Analyst, Lunar Ventures

Full-time role secured after programme: Associate Consultant, Capco