Léa Bernié
MSc International Health Management

About you

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

Before Imperial, I worked for a year in Paris where I did my first internship in financial auditing in one of the Big Four firms, followed by an internship as a Business Analyst in a big pharmaceutical company.

Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?

I wanted to build on my business and financial background while increasing my knowledge in the healthcare sector, in order to be able to work in this field without having a medical background. This programme provides me with the right balance between learning current and future key topics, challenges and issues about this sector, as well as getting the essential tools for a career in management.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?

I learned much more than I expected about the healthcare sector, as well as management tools in general. I also enjoyed the wide diversity of people in this programme, from doctors to investment bankers. It was great being able to learn a lot from everyone’s experiences.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I really enjoyed every module this year and learned a lot from all of them. Maybe because of my financial background, I especially liked the Health Economics and Strategy modules, where I learned a great deal about the health sector’s characteristics from a global perspective.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

Every time I submitted a project or finished a report, it was such a rewarding feeling as we dedicated a lot of time to perfect our work and gave every assignment and task our best.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

As I am studying a double degree this year between my Master’s at EDHEC and Imperial, the most challenging part for me has been combining my time at both universities, managing all the deadlines and exams, as well as writing a thesis for my home school and of course, job hunting.

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

My cohort at Imperial is a very diverse group where you can learn a lot from everyone. As our programme is still relatively small, you are sure to get to know everyone in the class and make friends you’ll keep for life.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

I genuinely wouldn’t be able to pick one person, as all the professors I have had throughout my time at Imperial were great and do their best to share their knowledge with the cohort.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

I would say the opportunity to meet lots of exciting and very interesting people during the year. Having a great academic team, being able to attend several career events and easily meet companies and professionals from every industry, as well as attending a wide range of events on campus is an incredible opportunity for every student here.   

Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

Each company’s workshop and guest lecturers, such as entrepreneurs or consultants were interesting and valuable from a student perspective. I especially enjoyed workshops where companies came directly on campus to explain the key tools they use daily, and when there is a networking moment when we can talk more informally with them. It is a great way to get to know the company, its culture and learn about the opportunities they have to offer.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

I am the Academic Leader of my programme. It has been a great and challenging experience to be part of the SCC team and being able to directly communicate with the administration to bring ideas and possible improvements to life for the future years.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community, and the wider STEM community?

I have benefited from the alumni community, all the events organised with former students and all the students we meet during the year from other programmes. It is a constant exchange of different point of views in a very respectful and inclusive environment, I am proud to be part of this community.

Career

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

Yes, I am going to be part of the Finance Graduate Scheme at Johnson & Johnson Limited, which is really exciting for me!

How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?

The Careers service really help to make our application process easier and provides great support at every step. Whether you need some advice to guide you with the type of job that will suit you or get advice for interviews, there is always someone accessible to help. On a more personal level, as I am not from the UK but wanted to find a job here, they really helped me to understand how to apply more efficiently to companies in the country.

London Location

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

Yes, there are a lot of opportunities for networking in London. Another great perk of being in London is the amount of companies and even being invited by companies to visit and attend events in their offices to get an idea of what it would be like to work for them.

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

I live only a 20-minute walk from campus, which is super convenient when there are early morning lectures. I’d recommend trying to find a flat closer to the Business School to save your time and money, as public transport can add up.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

When I’m not studying, I enjoy travelling around Europe with friends. I also love taking time to discover London, its great culture and several parks, as well as using the sports complex on campus.

What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

London is an amazing city to live in. It’s very dynamic and a hub for so many different cultures. As the city is expensive though, keep an eye out for student discounts, as it’s a good way to keep your expenses down, while still enjoying the city. You’ll find discounts on anything from food and clothing to movie tickets.

Tips

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

Just go for it! The programme really gives you a lot of tools and opportunities to prepare for your future career, and you will without a doubt meet people that will be part of your personal and professional life for many years to come.

Role
MSc International Health Management
Nationality
France
Education :

MSc Business Management, EDHEC Business School