Carlo Conta

Carlo Conta

Studying MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

Why did you choose to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

It was after my first work experience that I started thinking about my career. I realised my job had to be linked with the decision-making process that ends up defining what a company is and does. I understood that my Undergraduate degree in Economics had laid an important foundation to my education, but I also realised I needed something more business oriented. With the MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business it was love at first sight: it was the natural choice to get the tools and knowledge I needed to achieve my goals, as the course would have allowed me to build upon my expertise in Economics and to understand its implications for the business world.  All of this to be added at the strategy part, something that exactly corresponded to the concept of ‘company decision-making’ I so strongly wanted as part of my future career.

The history and legacy of the Business School, and especially its deep focus on innovation and technology that, through the year, proved to be an integral part of every single class I had, motivated me from the very beginning of the admission process to earn a place on the course, and to give everything I could to grow along the programme.

What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School?
‘Imperial means intelligent business’ is not just a slogan. It is really at the core of the education process: the mindset, the attitude, the vision that I have learned and developed in this programme are the things that really add value to the technical aspects learnt in classes, and what makes the difference in the working environment. Imperial has taught me to think intelligently about business, about innovation, and ultimately about life.

What was the most surprising thing about the programme?
The quality of people in the cohort. This programme manages to attract people that have strong and positive values, with a past full of experiences from which you can learn a lot. Everyone is an example: the friendships and relationships I have built will last for my entire life, and I am sure they will be able to withstand any distance or chaotic working life each one of us is leaving.

Career & professional development

How has your programme contributed to your career success?

One of the reasons I chose this programme was also for its completeness. It teaches you the practicalities you would have to face in the different business functions, how to think strategically about them and provides you with the tools to solve them. This is a key advantage in the working environment: every time I face a problem, I can tackle it holistically. No matter what it relates to, I will always keep in mind what I have learned from my Economics and Marketing classes, but also from my Risk Management or Finance modules. The contamination of mindsets, which is part of that intelligent business approach, is what sparks innovation and allows me find creative solutions to the working issues I face; and this really makes the difference. It will shape the way I will learn from experiences and fuel the process of continuous improvement that is necessary to growth, both personally and professionally.

What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?

I am currently in fast-paced, constantly changing working environment: it is a demanding position, yet it is extremely energising and fascinating. The programme was a be a real training for what this working life, and as taught me the importance of dedication and commitment, the value of working hard and smartly to achieve the best results possible.

The main challenge I face is variety of aspects my job entails: it needs you to be flexible, to be able to be focused on different projects at the same time, to manage different people within the company, most of the times colleagues that are working in others parts of the world. Again, the MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business, has strengthened my ability to be versatile and concentrated on different priorities, to be accustomed to different cultural backgrounds within a team and to make the most out of diversity.

I am sure that, without having taken this MSc Programme, I would not have been able to do what I am doing now –  a job that challenges and energises me, but most of all that makes me happy.

The alumni network

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?

When you talk about alumni you talk about friends, classmates, people you shared a lot of experiences with, but also familiar faces, people you have something in common with. I feel it is part of my own family, a network that can offer help and support, a group of people that can teach you a lot, where you can share your experiences and maybe help someone else out.

Advice for future students

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?

Play the game: get involved, be part of the community, meet as many people as you can. Study hard, and learn from the experiences of those surrounding you, both professors and friends. At the end of the year, you will realise how worthy it has been. There are so many opportunities at Imperial: is up to you go out and get it!

MSc Economics & Strategy for Business 2018

Nationality:Italian

Undergraduate education: BA inEconomics, Durham University

Job after studying at Imperial College Business School:Corporate Strategy and Business Development Analyst, ITT Motion Technologies