Natasha Baranowski
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management 2013

Studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management

Why did you choose to study MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management, and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

The MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management is a very unique course. I chose it because innovative thinking is often the difference between a business succeeding and struggling and I wanted to understand core management topics through this lens. I also have my own business so I knew that the entrepreneurial element would be very useful for me.

Imperial College Business School constructs its Masters courses in a way that makes them as practical and vocational as possible. I was extremely attracted by the opportunity to learn through doing, as much as through studying the theory. I was also interested in learning from and working with students from around the world who have studied a diverse range of undergraduate degrees.

Career & Professional Development

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

My MSc has been integral in helping me to achieve a change in career direction. Before joining I worked in a range of business functions within the international development charity sector. While at the Business School I made use of the renowned Careers Service, which is dedicated solely to the Business School and has access to invaluable resources. Consultants helped me understand my options and long-term career wishes, and subsequently enhanced my skills towards every element of the application process to achieve a position at Nestle.

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

I enjoy how strategic my role is and the fact that through internal processes I have visibility over how my work impacts the brand I work on and therefore the business.

My biggest challenge is alternating between work with a long-term focus and work with short-term impacts. On a daily basis I need to think about ensuring brand equity and growth in five years’ time as well as problem solving for tomorrow.

The alumni network

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

Through Alumni Networking events, LinkedIn groups and Facebook Groups.

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? / What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

Everyone has gone on to do very interesting roles and it is rewarding to be part of such a rich and diverse network. We keep in touch on a social level but also help each other and offer contacts or advice where we can. It is also extremely beneficial to have access to professionals who are more senior than ourselves to find out about our future opportunities and where our career paths could lead.

How can people find out more about what you do? Personal or business web address?

I am on LinkedIn and am happy to respond to questions emailed via the careers service

Advice to prospective students

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

To take the time before arriving to research and think carefully about your career options and interests. The Business School offers many programmes so ensure that this is definitely the right choice to progress you along that journey.

Role
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management 2013
Nationality
United Kingdom
Undergraduate education :

History (MA Hons) at the University of Edinburgh

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Executive Project Coordinator at Women for Women International

Job after studying at Imperial College Business School :

Executive Brand Manager at Nestle