BSc Computer Science, University of St Andrews
OpenOcean, Co-Founder, Coillection & Research Analyst
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Lead Web Developer & Web Designer at various firms and Wealth Management Intern at Rathbone Brothers Plc. Along with being heavily involved in university societies such as the St Andrews Investment Society.
Why did you decide to study MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School?
My degree in Computer Science has persistently exposed me to software engineering challenges. I have never been satisfied with simply being an end-user and aspire to be a creator of innovative digital solutions implemented in real world situations. The problem solving philosophy of my degree has inspired me to pursue a career in Management, with a methodological focus on software design in business and architectural settings. My passion for creating and implementing new technology has driven and encouraged me to pursue further studies at Imperial College Business School.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I particularly enjoyed learning the fundamentals of business in the core modules which helped build the foundations in the first semester and then learning about how to implement these techniques into creating our own business during the second semester.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite modules were: Venture Capital & Growth Finance, Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management, and Entrepreneurship. These modules felt very applicable to real-life and the teaching was incredibly motivating. The Entrepreneurship module taught by Dr Dmitry Sharapov challenged my team business idea and which ultimately helped us to win first place in the Imperial College Business Pitch 2018 for our start-up Coillection.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Coming from a non-business background, it took more time to grasp concepts compared to my classmates who have already studied it before. This is also a benefit because our cohort had so many people from different backgrounds like Engineering, Biology, Finance, etc. which was one of my biggest motivations for choosing this programme.
How do you describe your cohort at imperial?
I am very lucky to have such a great cohort, and I have definitely made life-long friends in my programme.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi’s lectures are world-class. You come out of the class, not only learning about business, but about improving yourself and how you interact with others.
Dr Miguel Meuleman taught us about the importance of how to raise funding as a startup. The structure of the Venture Capital & Growth Finance classes included a lot of guest speakers who presented their successful/failed businesses which was very eye-opening and incredibly interesting.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Group work allows you to allocate tasks and each group member focusing on their strengths which really pulls up the quality of work. I had two different teams in my entire time studying MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management. The first team was allocated by Imperial. The second team consisted of three members from the previous team which meant we fortunately worked very well together. These three members are also my teammates in the final challenge of the Imperial Business Pitch 2018 and they are my very close friends now too.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Winning the Imperial Business Pitch 2018 for my start-up Coillection with my team from Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management and being the President of Technology, Media & Telecommunications Club at Imperial College Business School.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
Before picking the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, I was hesitant about starting my own business. I am now a lot more confident and I am working on a startup currently which my team and I hope to take beyond Imperial.
How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
They were very helpful with keeping up-to-date news of jobs, hosting employer events and helping the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Club with our events too.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Absolutely. There are so many things to do in London, I have been actively involved in a variety of conferences around London such as the Internet of Things Summit, Women in Tech Conference, Virtual Reality Summit and more.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
South Kensington – I choose this area as it is very close to campus, safe, close to all the museums and it’s a beautiful part of London.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
I have a food blog so it was such a delight exploring the food scene in London which is never-ending.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
The best way to start searching for a flat in London is asking your friends who already live there for recommendations/contacts of their agent/landlord. They usually have better flats and price value vs. searching online.
In terms of clothes, London’s weather is extremely unpredictable. Bring your warmest coats and also clothing for a very hot sunny day in London – you will need both!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
If you previously did a non-business degree, it is a great way to teach the fundamentals of accounting, economics, management etc. If you want to build your own startup, it is a great way to learn about every aspect whilst also the great opportunity of networking with current students and alumni of Imperial. You are also allowed to fully work on your startup as a summer elective so there is a great opportunity to apply all the knowledge you learnt to kick-start your project.