BSc Pharmacology, McGill University
Consultant, Oliver Wyman
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I worked for a generic pharmaceutical firm as a Marketing/Science intern in Canada before joining Imperial College Business School.
Why did you decide to study MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
I was in Pharmacology and pharmaceutical firms, I really wanted to expand my knowledge of the healthcare sector to other fields, such as the public policy making, physicians and hospital management. I also wanted to understand the healthcare sector from another perspective.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
I loved the interactive modules such as Health Economics with Professor Marisa Miraldo. The programme was extremely relevant to the healthcare sector, and the simulations of economy buy and sell was amazing. In addition, group work with different classmates was an exciting experience for me, as each one of them came from a different background and learning happened not just from professors, but also from peers.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part is understanding the different policies for healthcare, as I came from Canada and a lot of the policies for the healthcare system are extremely different from that of NHS.
How do you describe your cohort at imperial?
My cohort is purely amazing! Doctors, pharmacists, scientists, hospital managers, actors, TV hosts, pre-medical students. The mix of different backgrounds made my experience at Imperial College Business School more valuable as I could see the world from another perspective and listen to all the discussions in class with awe.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Marisa Miraldo was extremely clear and engaging. Very supportive of questions and goes out of her way to tutor us on harder economic concepts. In addition, she challenges us with health economic papers where we really had a steep learning curve.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
I loved my groups, no matter if it is the ones the programme formed or the summer groups that we formed as students. Group work means amplifying the knowledge learnt within a given period. I also find that group work at Imperial College Business School is good preparation for my consulting career later on – you learn to communicate expectations, help each other, support each other, constructively give feedback, exchange ideas in a matter specific way etc.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
I was lucky enough to be the President of the Imperial College Women in Business Society.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I loved the autumn career fairs, I actually met a lot of my mentors in the career fairs.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial? Do you hold a student leadership position?
Imperial College Women in Business, President. DoCSoc, learning Python. Imperial Consulting Group, Associate.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
I love the college community just as much as the Business School. In fact, the dynamics are different and again, I love meeting people and seeing the world from another angle.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I wanted to be a Consultant. I am now joining Oliver Wyman as a Consultant in October 2018.
How did the services from Imperial College Business School Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
I need to give a huge shout out to the Careers Consultants at Imperial College Business School Careers! They were extremely supportive, I had interviews with KPMG Canada and needed a room to skype the KPMG Senior managers, Careers managed to book a seminar room for me. In addition, when I held multiple offers, the Careers team gave me invaluable advice on how to choose the offer that suited me the best. Overall, I need to say a HUGE thank you to the Careers team. Also, I would like to thank the advisors in the autumn term, the mock interviews, mock behaviour interviews and group case mocks really boosted my confidence and prepared me for the real interviews.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
I am really grateful I picked Imperial, because attending company networking events was super convenient.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live on Gloucester Road which is a 10 minute walk from campus. It was my personal preference to always live near campus.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London?
I love going to different exhibitions and learn about art and history. London is the perfect place for this.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
When moving to London, cultural shock is one big barrier, even for someone coming from an English speaking country. Make sure to always look to the right when crossing the road.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Apply, the worst thing that could happen from submitting an application is getting rejected. If you don’t even apply, nothing will ever happen.