Sofie Kamsvåg

Sofie KamsvågNationality: Norwegian

Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree: Copenhagen Business School, BSc International Business and Politics

Work experience/internship(s):
I had been a Business Analyst in Commercial and Operations Performance Improvement and Management at Maersk Tankers in Copenhagen, Denmark (first as a summer intern and later part-time next to my studies)

Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements:
Founding and being the president of the student organisation CBS Shipping at Copenhagen Business School, which filled a void for students interested in the maritime industry.

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Programme

Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to study economics, but also wanted the opportunity to combine it with areas that will be relevant for my future career, and not solely theoretically based. After finding the ESB programme online, meeting representatives from the school at a graduate school event in Paris, and researching the school myself, I decided it would be the right fit for me. As a renowned institution in London I felt that it would suit my preferences for furthering my education.

What makes the MSc Economics & Strategy for Business at Imperial College Business School unique?
The theoretical basis combined with practical approaches, making it relevant to a future career. Also, the wide array of subjects and project-based activities offered.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
I very much enjoy the social aspect of the course, with the diversity represented amongst the student body. We have also had many inspirational and established professors, which contributes to keeping my motivation running throughout the year!

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Definitely the exam periods, as I am not used to having back to back exams five days in a row. It’s something that has taken some getting used to!

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The group work has been extremely rewarding for me, as we’ve really developed as a team throughout the year and learned how to play on each individual team member’s strengths. I think this experience will be useful in the future

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module so far was Strategic Marketing, mainly because the professor had an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. Also, it was very different from anything else I had done at university before, and taught me to consider things which I hadn’t done previously.

People

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I very much enjoyed the International Women’s Day breakfast for student leaders and alumna at the Business School. It was incredibly inspiring and gave me more insight as to what I might expect as a woman in the workplace.

How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
From my experience, the Business School faculty have been highly professional, motivating and experienced. They have all been extremely passionate about their subjects.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
My favourite professor was Dr Andreas Eisingerich, because he was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderful at delivering the content of every class. He also made it very clear about what was expected from us as students, which I found useful.

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
What I find the most inspiring about group work is learning how to discover the best collaboration methods for that particular group and seeing the results that come once you’ve found the best method for your group. Also, it’s wonderful to learn from the abilities of others.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
I would describe them as diverse, motivated and open.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I have been a Student Ambassador throughout the year, which has involved writing blog posts, answering potential student enquiries and participating in student leadership events. Additionally, I was on the female team for ESB at the cross-masters football tournament.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
I would argue that the teamwork skills that I have developed from all the group work is absolutely the greatest opportunity I have had here.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
I went to some company presentations which were extremely useful in determining which firms I’d be interested in working at.

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.

I definitely think so, if you’re willing to make use of those opportunities. There are countless events available not only at the school but in London in general, which could be extremely useful for networking and career opportunities.

Career

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I’m still quite open with regards to future career goals, and my time at Imperial has helped me discover a wide array of opportunities beyond management consulting and investment banking. Additionally, it has given me much stronger skills in teamwork, case analysis and presentations, which was extremely useful when I went for job interviews.

Where do you see yourself after completing the programme?
Upon completing the programme I will be starting in the Graduate Talent Program at UBS in London, working in the COO’s office. I am really excited about it because it allows me to combine analysis and strategy in a truly global and exciting industry.

Location

Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Shoreditch and chose to live here because of the central location and because some friends offered the flat for my current roommates and I to take over. And I’m very happy I did!

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
It depends on the workload at that point in time because many weekends are partly spent studying! But for any free time, I like to explore new areas of London with friends, go out to eat at the countless array of amazing restaurants, go out for drinks at innovative cocktail bars, relax in the park, visit markets, go shopping, and all the other things one can do it a world metropolitan city!

In your opinion, tell us about the most exciting, undiscovered place in London.
My favourite place to take visitors when they come to London is actually Shepard’s Market in Mayfair, because it has a small-town feel to it in the centre of London! I think there are so many exciting undiscovered places around London though – that’s the great thing about living here; you always have a new area to discover!

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
The benefits have definitely been the easy access to everything that you get from living in a big city. The main challenge for me has been all the time that I have to spend on the tube to get places! I’m used to living in big cities though, so I’m sure there are many challenges that arise, which I’m unaware of, for people coming from small towns. Like any place though, living in London will be great if you make it so!

Tips

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?
I would research the course thoroughly, contact the representatives and visit graduate school events to get a feel for whether or not it’s right for them and their future goals.

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online 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 did not attend them prior to starting on the programme but as a Student Ambassador I have attended campus information sessions during my time here and they definitely seem like a good way to learn more about the programme and the school. They always have both current and past students at the events, which is an amazing opportunity to get some real insight into what it’s like to attend the school and the programme itself.

Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!
Being open and actively making friends from day one. It’s so important to have people to share your time with at school! Also being organised with coursework throughout the year.