Shahrzad Mehryar is an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management class of 2016-17 student. Before joining Imperial College Business School, Shahrzad studied a Bachelor’s in Management at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Academic and industry experience before Imperial

What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

I worked at Deloitte as an auditing trainee.

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

I wanted to have my own business, and make a difference in the world. Imperial stands out because they stand for changing the world for the better. Their programme is designed in a way where students are able to pursue their passion in their own individual ways.

Studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

It’s hands on and practical. It teaches theory, but focuses on ensuring application is thoroughly understood. It gives you freedom to explore your interests, and gives you support and confidence to push you to reach your potential.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?

I enjoyed being challenged with new tasks, and being pushed to think outside the box. I loved that the entire programme had a creative edge, and was open to unconventional solutions.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging part and the best, may have been the extent of team-work included in the projects. You absolutely have to work in a group, and it tests the limits of communication skills. You come out of this a completely new team player, stronger than ever.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part is arguably the network of people in and outside of the institution that we made. We met the most amazing, influential individuals who have not only already changed our days in class, but will continue to inspire our decisions in the future.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

Organisational Behaviour was by far the most intellectually stimulating class. The professor made it incredible, and pushed us to think outside of the box. I am so glad to have attended this class.

Guest speakers

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

The career events have been incredibly valuable. The university has connected us to so many important people.

The Faculty

How would you sum up the Business School faculty?

They are very helpful and kind, and go above and beyond to help students.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Sankalp was by far the most engaging professor I have ever had. His method of teaching was delivered so well because he genuinely cared about our understanding. He explained the reasoning and psychology behind everything, making studying not so much of studying.

Your Cohort

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?

This brings out everyone’s individual skills, and pushes you to think about compatibility. After all, complementary skills become critical in selecting teams, which became clear after this year.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Everyone was so talented, you could see why everyone was here.

Opportunities from studying at Imperial

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?

Meeting the people I did at events have been invaluable. This is something you will not find anywhere else.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

I guess the real benefit will show itself later, this is gold.

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?

Definitely, central London is the hub of opportunities.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?

They are so thorough and helpful. I even booked a practice interview session with them and it was so great!

Life as a student in London

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?

There is so much to do that it is honestly so hard to pick. You can be having wonderful dinner, and heading to a nice lounge. There is so much to do in this incredible city, its almost overwhelming trying to make the most of your time here.

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

London is a busy city, but it is worth that little drawback. It has so much to offer for everyone. From culture and history, to music and art all the freedom to express yourself. There is something to do for everyone’s interest.

Advice for future students

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Take a look at all the opportunities and plan how you are going to try and make the most use of them because it does get overwhelming.

Role
MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management 2016-17
Nationality
Iran
Pre MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management :

BSc Management with International Business, Royal Holloway