Lora Mihova

Lora MihovaName:  Lora Mihova

Nationality: Bulgarian

Undergraduate degree: BA Management with Leadership, University of Exeter

Employment before studying at the Business School: n/a

Employment after studying at the Business School: Strategy Analyst, Telefonica

Why did you choose to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School?
I only applied to Imperial for my postgraduate degree, because I couldn’t find another university that combined academic rigour with practical content for strategy. The courses we studied were supported by current case studies and industry guest speakers, keeping it relevant for our careers carrying forward. The location was also a significant benefit, given the number of employers and recruiters that would visit the Business School on a weekly basis.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying here?

If you have the chance to study MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, take a deep breath and dive in – it is a challenging programme within a vibrant institution and you should try and make the most out of it. There are a lot of fantastic events outside of your courses, societies and clubs to get involved with. I found my coursemates to be incredibly proactive and well attuned to the fast-paced life of the city. Imperial College Business School attracts high calibre applicants across its programmes and there are great opportunities to learn from others, network and get inspired.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
I went to many of the employer events organised by the Careers team. They helped me narrow down the types of firms I wanted to apply to – as overused as the term may be, I think that the importance of corporate culture fit continues to be underestimated by many students. These events are hugely helpful in giving potential applicants an idea of the type of people and discourse of different firms.

The Careers Team will also provide hands on support – I had my CV checked and had mock interviews and assessment centres, which prepared me well for the real thing.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
As with most strategy roles, I work on a project basis and one year in, there hasn’t been a dull moment. I really enjoy the variety, having an overview across the business functions and being given full ownership of projects. Having the chance to shape something from the start, drive it on your own and hopefully become known for it in the business is a great prospect. My company has supported me in setting up a charity programme outside of my day role, which has been daunting, but also particularly rewarding. The main challenge I have faced so far, and this is one that university could not have prepared me for, is to handle stakeholder groups with clashing interests.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
I stay in touch with my coursemates – we have Facebook groups to keep track of the alumni communities in London and outside, and are very happy to see someone return from their work abroad to visit us back in the UK. Interestingly, a couple of graduates from my cohort have already recommended each other for positions in their firms, showing that networks can be leveraged even at entry level positions.

I also attend wider alumni events, to expand my own network and stay connected to the Business School.