Solita Rauli
Solita Rauli is an MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management class of 2016-17 student. After graduating from Imperial College Business School, Solita accepted a role as an Interaction Designer at Traveloka.

Academic and industry experience before Imperial

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

Market Research in Indonesian start up, Summer Program in LEGO Education center in Hong Kong, Project specialist for Social Impact in BCG Jakarta

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

I want to have credible knowledge in business. I think having a combination background of psychology and business are incredible. Moreover, I want to start my own business in the child education sector in the future. I believe that this programme and Imperial will bring me there. Imperial is one of the best universities in the world also has a great location. London is the business and start up center for Europe.

Studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management

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

The assignments which were very practical and in a real business setting.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

Teaming up with very diverse people. Working with a team in different culture and background is really challenging, it has helped to train my teamwork skills.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

Having a business point of view which is not only about money but also about impact.

The Faculty

How would you sum up the Business School faculty?

Modern and updated.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Jeremy Fernando and Miguel Meuleman. They are good mentors and very clear to understand.

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?

Handling people in a team is a skill that you need and to develop it, you need to do real practice. So having that experience is valuable.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

Diverse, young and bold. Most of them are inspiring.

Opportunities from studying at Imperial

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

Professional setting in a very practical environment.

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

Of couse! You can explore and utilise London a lot. A lot of startups and incubators are around. Cool working spaces (for example, Google Campus) are around. Best location to network as long as you are eager and active to reach out.

Life as a student in London

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

Near Turnpike Lane station, North East London. Why? Because it’s far more cheaper than renting a room around South Kensington campus, but still efficient because I just need to jump in the Piccadilly line straight to campus.

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

Chilling at the park, weekend getaway to Brighton, or even a short trip to Paris/Belgium should be an option. The Eurostar train will get you there in  two and a half hours from St. Pancras station.

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?

Looking for a room to rent in London is not easy, you need to reach out to someone who has done it before to get as much as information as you need. Campus is now supporting as well by having the guarantor scheme.

Advice for future students

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

If you are really looking for a practical programme, this is it! You won’t find any other better.

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions?

I did attend a webinar session. It really helped me on getting the view from the current students on what they are doing and challenges that they faced so I was quite prepared to start this programme.

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

BSc Psychology, University of Indonesia