BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, King’s College
Consultant Analyst, PA Consulting Group
Why did you choose to study MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
Coming from a science background with a particular interest to develop my knowledge of business, the MSc programme had an immediate appeal to me. The course offered a unique combination of business and management knowledge applied to the healthcare and life sciences sector. This helped me in my career transition from pure science into business. Additionally, Imperial College and the Business School have a truly strong brand and global reach in its alumni network, which was important for my ambition to work at an international level.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying here?
The MSc programme provides a challenging and information-rich experience as you canvas through the world of healthcare and life sciences. My advice to a prospective student would be to gain as much clarity on how best the course fits your career progression and what experiences you can contribute to the course. The programme is a mix of core management modules backed with research-led case examples in healthcare and the Business School provides a strong supportive environment to developing business skills and career planning.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
The varying perspectives and engaging discussions held during case studies were valuable to my experience on the programme. My cohort was comprised of people who came from different backgrounds and countries with the knowledge of a wide range of health systems and approaches to managing healthcare services. This breadth of experience and whole-system view continues to help me even today in my job.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
I had regular engagements with the Career and Professional Development Services team during my programme at the Business School. They provided me with guidance on various career routes and opportunities in the healthcare and life sciences industries. They also offered to review my CV and cover letter, set up assessment centre demos and connected me with alumni who had attended my programme in previous years. This was useful to securing my job at the end of the course and I know that they offer a life-long service and available to me even as an alumnus.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I really enjoy the opportunity to tackle problems that my clients face and the reward of seeing the impact of solutions to their business and the customers they serve. I also enjoy working with people who propose ideas and different approaches to solving a problem. The challenges our clients face in life sciences industry are very diverse like developing tactics to manage loss of exclusivity, market access strategies for new and existing therapies right to services offered to customers.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
The Business School alumni network is very active and a strong part of my continuing relationship with the Business School. I maintain a strong connection with the Alumni Relations Office at the Business School and give back at any opportunity to increase the value of the network. I support the Healthcare and Africa Professional Interest Networks and currently act as an Alumni Advocate. The Business School also hosts networking events and shares updates through the monthly e-bulletins and Business Insights magazine.