Academic and industry experience before Imperial
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
After completing my Undergraduate in 2013, I joined Atos a leading digital services provider in a role focussed on developing their presence in London’s Start-Up community. I subsequently moved into a role in Client Innovation where I worked with Atos’ major clients to drive programmes of strategic digital innovation.
It was in this position that I began to regularly interface with thought leaders across Atos’ 100,000 strong employee base, and as a result I was invited to join their ‘Scientific Community’; a group of 100 individuals tasked with driving the thought leadership strategy of the company. I was subsequently promoted to join the Editorial Board of this community where I helped drive the formation of Atos’ flagship thought leadership publication ‘Journey 2020, as well as other whitepapers.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
With regards to the degree programme, it became clear to me that in order to increase my proficiency in my role, it was necessary for me to take a step back from practical implementation and learn the theory behind what I was doing. The MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management programme offered me the ability to do this as well as offering me a comprehensive background to management theory.
Imperial College Business School offers fantastic facilities, excellent staff and holds an impressive reputation. Its alignment with Imperial College London provides an unrivalled link into what many consider to be the most innovative university in the world, and the opportunities that emerge as a result of this are invaluable.
Studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
Personally, I enjoyed all aspects of the programme which dealt with the implication of innovation in business, whether that be through the medium of incumbents (Innovation Management, Business Models and IP) or start-ups (Venture Capital and Growth Finance, Entrepreneurship).
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The programme relies heavily on team work, especially in its latter stages. As a seasoned ‘sole operator’, it has been challenging for me to adapt to the team dynamic and work with others to achieve the best, possible result for all.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The extra-cirricular activities that become available to you during the programme are excellent. This includes seminars hosted by renowned thought leaders, career events with the world’s top firms, innovation hackathons which bring together the most skilled students from across Imperial and social events which offer you the chance to meet many others outside of your programme.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Personally, Innovation Management was the most interesting and applicable module I have been taught so far. Students gain insight into the theories and frameworks which underpin some of the most crucial decisions that established firms will make regarding their futures. It is taught in an exciting and engaging way with great class-discussion concerning top cases covering real world examples.
Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I personally took part in Imperial College Union’s flagship ‘A.C.T Now!’ social enterprise programme. This offered me guidance and input on developing my own start-up designed to tackle the issue of homelessness in London. I ended up winning the A.C.T Now! Programme and gained £1000 funding for my start-up as a result.
How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
Helpful, highly professional educators with wide ranging expertise in their respective areas.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment, whether it be group assignments or class discussions?
In addition to group work, Imperial also places a huge emphasis on diversity and, as a result, the most inspiring part of the group work is the change to exchange ideas with people from tremendously different backgrounds to you. This really enriches the ideas that group’s form as well as your own personal view and perspective on the world.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
My cohort brought together over 100 highly unique individuals from a tremendous number of different countries who all had different and exciting ideas for the future of business. However, we were all connected by a passion for innovation.
Opportunities from studying at Imperial
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
The chance to meet Stephen Hawking, who came to Imperial to deliver a seminar on his latest research during the first term, was incredibly exciting.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I have the pleasure of meeting a number of highly talented and intelligent individuals who I know will impact my career in a positive way in the future.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Absolutely, London is a global hub of innovation and there is always a networking event, hackathon or conference taking place which offers you the ability to expand your network, experience and/or knowledge. Imperial’s excellent links into London’s innovation ecosystem is also extremely valuable.
Career goals and jobs
How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
The Careers service has offered excellent opportunities to assess and expand my skill-sets with workshops focussed on key areas which employers value. Additionally, Careers host excellent opportunities to meet potential employers in relaxed and friendly settings.
Life as a student in London
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Camden, an area of London I have lived in for several years. Its proximity to central London, as well as its own exciting and lively culture, make it an excellent base to explore London from.
What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
Depending on the deadline cycle it can either be a weekend spent exploring all that London has to offer, or a weekend working with your team forming and reviewing an assignment.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Make sure you stay up to date with what is happening in the world from the perspectives of politics, business and technology before and during your programme. Class discussion and coursework with rely on you bringing and up to date understanding of what is happening in the world.