BSc Management, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Wealth Management Intern, HSBC London
Technology and Digital Risk Consultant, Deloitte and Founder, Bake and Binge
Yashodhara was looking to obtain her Masters from a "prestigious and renowned" University, as well as choosing a course that was challenging and encouraged her to get creative and think outside the box. Imperial's MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management offered her just that.
Your time at Imperial College Business School
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I wanted to be challenged and to think creatively. Since joining Imperial, I have been able to be innovative every day. During the course, I worked on several different projects each of which looked at developing a new product, strategising an efficient outlook and innovating at each stage. Furthermore, the Business School is a stepping stone to a vast ocean of opportunities. I wanted to be in an environment that enhances my skills and develops my analytical and applicability competence, and my experience presented me with so much more. My time at Imperial has helped me grow both academically and as a person, preparing me for not only the real working world but giving me the confidence, learnings, and ability to build my empire in the future.
What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School? And the most surprising thing about the programme?
My experience at Imperial was critical in nurturing my attitude towards hurdles and challenges as it made me realise that every problem is an opportunity to innovate and introduce something unique. The course has forced me to innovate everyday as a part of my daily routine I am able to identify pressing problems and come up with a new solution.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
There are opportunities in every corner taking shape through new classroom learnings or the students/professors you interact with during your time at Imperial. Each module, discussion and activity will take you a step closer to your end goal. The School not only helps you achieve clarity in your vision, but instils the confidence and learnings to take the plunge forward.
Tell us about your current job
How has your programme contributed to your career success?
The programme not only gave me clarity and vision towards my career but exposed me to entrepreneurism. After joining the programme, I gained the confidence to grow my ideas and decided to start something of my own whilst also discovering my passion for consultancy. Coupled with honing my critical and strategic thinking skills which came in handy for running my start-up, the course was instrumental in helping me understand my career goals.
How do you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gained during the programme within your career going forward?
The diversity in the programme has resulted in me collaborating and working alongside individuals from different walks of life. It etched the idea that successful teamwork comes from respecting every opinion and harnessing every individual’s strength to reach a collective goal. The numerous group projects not only honed my communication skills but gave me the opportunity to strengthen my strategic decision-making skills as we were challenged to produce innovative solutions to arising problems. Most importantly, the programme instilled the idea that as long as there is self-belief, anything is achievable.
What do you enjoy most about your current work?
What excites me the most is the breath of projects I have the opportunity to work on. From gaining exposure across various industries to collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds, no day is the same. I’m surrounded by, not only supportive, but hard-working and encouraging individuals which pushes me to constantly learn and think outside the box.
The fast-paced and ever-growing nature of the technology industry compels me to constantly learn and adapt to the arising changes; this steep learning curve appeals to me. Furthermore, in today’s world, almost all processes have some element of digitalisation which translates into a certain level of technology risks. I’m fascinated by the plethora of ways each industry responds to these risks and the multitude of controls and implementations that they have in place to mitigate them.
What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?
I am immensely proud of how I have been able to grasp all the detailed, technical knowledge in a short span of time and then apply those learnings to conduct rigorous analysis, report writing and lead project meetings.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
During my time at Imperial, I had the opportunity to meet a talented group of passionate, hard-working, and entrepreneurial students, all of whom I would love to stay connected to. Every member of our cohort was talented in their own way, and I truly believe that in the future we can collaborate and innovatively solve problems.