BSc Business & International Relations, Aston Business School
General Management Graduate, Ocado Ltd
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Prior to joining MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, I interned at London’s healthcare startup, Echo, and the German hearing aid company, audibene GmbH.
Why did you decide to study MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School after completing your undergraduate studies at Imperial?
I was looking at a number of Master’s programmes around the UK; however, I based my final decision on the quality of the university and entrepreneurial focus of the programme.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I particularly enjoyed our guest speakers who were able to share their real life-experiences from the position of somebody who has been there. They have essentially provided a glimpse into their everyday life which I could not get anywhere else.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Personally, I have enjoyed the Venture Capital and Growth Finance module which has provided me with both theoretical and practical foundation regarding financing of starting businesses.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
In comparison to my Bachelor’s degree, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management is heavily based around group work. As a result, I had to learn to effectively coordinate schedules, arrange meetings, correspond and make decisions collectively.
How do you describe your cohort at imperial?
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
I would say there were a number of teachers whose lectures I particularly enjoyed. What they have shared was their inclination to inquiry-based learning style and love for their subjects.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
It has been great as I have had an opportunity to work on 10 different projects with people from all around the world. As a group of individuals coming from different backgrounds, we were able to work together to share and apply our expertise, knowledge and skills. Over the course of one year this has helped me to enhance my communication and teamwork skills which will be invaluable once I start working.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Being admitted to the programme has been the greatest opportunity in itself.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
Attending various guest lectures as part of my programme at Imperial has been particularly exciting. For instance, I had the opportunity to have an informal chat with Simon Woodroffe, the founder and CEO of YO! Sushi, just before the start of his lecture.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I have mainly taken advantage of the Business School contacts during my job search. It was great to be able to reach out to the alumni and be able to discuss a particular position and/or company with somebody who has the first-hand experience.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
As most graduates, I have aimed to join a graduate programme where I could continue building my knowledge and potentially up-skill in different areas. The fact that I have completed an MSc at Imperial has made that possible.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
Yes, I received an offer from Ocado Ltd when completing my second term at Imperial. From September 2018, I am going to be working as a General Management Graduate which means I am going to have a chance to rotate around the company. At the end of my two-year graduate programme I will be able to decide which position suits me the most and continue my career specialising in my chosen field.
How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
The staff at Imperial College Business School Careers have certainly been helpful throughout the selection process. They have looked over my CV, cover letter and were always available to discuss any issues I might have during the hiring process.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Simply put, it’s London. You can spend your morning at Imperial, go on to attend a networking event and then do something completely different in the evening.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I have decided to rent a flat in Highbury, close to the Holloway Road Underground Station which is located on the Piccadilly Line. This way I could easily get from my accommodation to the campus without having to change lines.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London?
Living in London gives you a never-ending list of places to go and things to do. The sheer variety of restaurants, museums, shops and people is immense and very few places in the world can match this. There are also many opportunities to travel around the UK/Europe in the unlikely event that you get bored of London.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Do not leave the choice of accommodation to the very last minute, and try to make sure you do not have to change underground lines when travelling to your accommodation.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
If you have an entrepreneurial inclination and are ready for a challenge, do not think any longer – this is the opportunity for you!