Evan Leary
Evan Leary is an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management class of 2015-16 student. After graduating from Imperial College Business School, Evan accepted a role as an Associate at Orbit Partners.

Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School? 
Ultimately, the year I spent abroad in the U.K. sparked my interest in attending graduate school outside of the United States. However, it was the Business School’s specific programme in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management that brought me to Imperial; no other institutions offered this combination of subjects.

What makes the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School unique? 
The fusion of innovation and entrepreneurship with traditional managerial subjects allows students to have the benefits of studying management while having modules tailored to entrepreneurial ambitions.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
The international cohort is the best part of the program. Having dozens of countries represented by classmates leads to fascinating discussions.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Transitioning to an exam-centred grading policy is a large adjustment for me; U.S. higher education tends to place larger emphasis on classwork. However, the level of independence given to students because of the exam-centred grading policy has allowed me to control the direction of my own degree, which is very exciting.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme? 
Meeting new people and developing professional networks on a global scale is a tremendous benefit.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
International Marketing and Management of Design were most enjoyable; the professors were especially enthusiastic about the content and made each class unique and engaging.


Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The in-class guest lecturers are most helpful; the professors invite speakers who relate to our in-class case studies and discussion topics.

How would you sum up the Business School faculty? 
Everyone at the Business School has their own unique characteristics; this makes the environment a fun place to study.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why? 
Professor Andreas Eisingerich and Professor Ileana Stigliani were definitely my favourites. They weren’t only knowledgeable about their subjects, but passionate about them. Their enthusiasm made the classes interesting and the studying much more enjoyable.

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment? 
Our syndicate teams (groups) were initially formed with six students from different countries and academic backgrounds. This meant that we inherently had a lot to learn from each other. I think this taught us to be humble and more open minded when working in teams.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial? 

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I’m a President’s Ambassador and Business School Ambassador, so I spend a lot of time giving tours to school groups and speaking to applicants at Business School events. I really enjoy interacting with prospective students.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
The MSc IEM International Study Tour to India was an unexpected (but perfect) way to finish the second semester. We studied the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India and had the chance to visit several companies, both start-ups and large firms, in New Delhi and Bangalore.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service? 
The career counsellors have been a tremendous help in practicing case studies and with last minute interview preparation. I have had one-to-one mock interviews and Skype sessions to prepare for meetings with companies.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I think it’s important to remember that the Business School is part of Imperial College London in its entirety; having access to students and professors in a wide range of disciplines makes it easy to find someone who can help you refine a business or product development idea that might be outside of your scope of study.


Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there? 
I considered a couple of different properties but I ultimately chose a studio flat in Chelsea so that I can quickly walk to campus and not have to rely on using public transport to commute.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student? 
As busy (or free) as you want it to be! The MSc IEM programme has a lot of flexibility and, most of the time, the work load (and timing) can be adjusted as agreed to by your syndicate team members. Ultimately, group projects and readings have to be completed, but you can choose to spend extra time during the week in order to have more free time during the weekends.

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?
I would say: “just do it!”. Moving to a new country (or continent) is a big decision but has the potential to change your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine. While moving away from friends and family is difficult, the new friends and networks you will develop can make the experience worthwhile.


What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course? 
Don’t be afraid to let your personality show in your application. In addition to helping the programme team understand if you are fit for the course, this also lets you check yourself and make sure that the course is right for you!

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 attended an online webinar before applying. I think it would have been helpful to see campus in person, but getting in touch online with the programme team and alumni is equally as helpful in making a decision to apply.

MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
United States
Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree :

Washington College: B.A. in Economics, Minor in Political Science London School of Economics and Politial Science: Study Abroad University of St Andrews: Study Abroad

Work experience/internship(s): :

Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, I completed several internships. They included being an International Trade and Marketing Associate at World Trade Centre Dublin, a Parliamentary Aide and Research Assistant in the House of Lords at Parli

Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements :

When I began my undergraduate studies at Washington College, I was determined to take full advantage of the College’s international connections; I was able to study abroad for a year in the U.K., spending my time between the London School of Economics and