Aftharb Mowlana

Saiyad-Aftharb-MowlanaNationality: British

Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree:
London Metropolitan University, BSc International Economics and Finance

Work experience/internship(s): Experience was mainly based on starting up my own venture. Starting up a tutoring centre (ILM tutors), which now has a student base of more than 40 students. Organising an International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition and Fair (Serendib Fair) in London over two days at Park Lane Hilton and the Dorchester in the summer of 2014.

Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements: Achieving First Class Honours in my undergraduate degree, and bringing in ten reputed gem and jewellery companies to participate in the fair organised in London in 2014.

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Programme

Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Due to the calibre of the university, the interesting modules that were on offer and the prospect of networking with international students from all over the world.

What makes the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management at Imperial College Business School unique?
The diverse nature of the cohort is extremely refreshing.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
Working together in groups with colleagues from completely different backgrounds (Arts, Finance, Engineering, etc.) makes group work and group dynamics very interesting.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Since it is a one-year full time programme, which can be quite intense with the coursework/project deadlines coming at you thick and fast, you have got to be on top of things. Group work required us to deal with students from different cultural backgrounds with different ways of thinking; as a result, managing different expectations to arrive at a solution was a challenging experience.  This will however be helpful when I work in an organisation with professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
To be able to widen my network within and outside the course through the University.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Venture Capital and Growth Finance: This module gave me a good understanding regarding the process and expectations of Venture Capital firms when startup firms are looking for funds.

People

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The careers lectures along with CV support at the beginning of the course were very helpful and informative.

How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
Very vibrant and full of positive energy.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Sankalp Chaturvedi teaching Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management and Andreas Eisenberg teaching International Marketing. Both the lecturers were brilliant at engaging the students and delivering the necessary message.

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
Due to different set of skills each candidate brings to the team, it is very interesting to see the different views and approaches each individual puts forward when solving the same problem.

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Diverse.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I am the Chair of the SSC for MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management as well as being part of the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
The networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs as well as with delegates from leading consulting/financial firms at the events conducted by the Business School.

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
It has helped me construct an effective CV that allows me to apply for jobs with confidence.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Attending events/tours organised by the Business School in collaboration with the Royal College of Arts (RCA) was very informative and interesting.

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
London, being the financial hub of the world, I feel is the best location to be studying a degree of this nature.

Career

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My goal will be to try and get a foot into the consulting/financial industry once I complete the course in September.

Location

Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Gants Hill, London. I live with my family.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
With loads of options in Central London (within a few stops from the South Kensington campus) where the night life is vibrant, there is also a variety of options for restaurants (international cuisine), comedy nights, theatre, musicals, etc.

In your opinion, tell us about the most exciting, undiscovered place in London.
A stroll down the alleys of London could easily take you 400-500 years back. For example, Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant at the corner of St James’ Street. You will also stumble across the houses of famous historical personalities from various fields.

Tips

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?
Time management is key. Since we follow five modules per term, quiz and coursework deadlines can come in thick and fast.

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
I attended an event for offer holders where we got the chance to meet some prospective students, programme team members as well as some lecturers, which was quite informative and helpful.

Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!
Every day brings a new challenge and don’t feel afraid to put yourself out there and face these challenges (public speaking, presentations, etc.). With such helpful staff members around, help is always at hand when you need it.