Academic and industry experience before Imperial
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
My undergraduate degree gave me over a year’s worth of experience working within the NHS in respiratory and sleep services. Spending 500 hours working as a locum in my holidays gave me the opportunity to see how departments run, what patients want and develop and implement standard operating procedures and internal clinical guidelines for members of staff, as well as get a feel for managerial work in a healthcare setting.
Studying MSc International Health Management
Why did you decide to study an MSc in International Health Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Imperial’s worldwide recognition as leader in university education and the Business School’s improving status immediately drew me to study at one of the world’s leading universities. My interest in health and desire to be ready to make changes within a drastically out of date NHS system, led me to want to study this MSc, and it really does seem to be the best one going. The skills I expected to learn were ones I anticipated I would need in the future as either a clinician, manager or a consultant.
What makes the MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School unique?
The amazing cohort of people you study and spend time with.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
The application of skills to real-life situations, working with clients making presentations to the class and discussing differences to come up with solutions to problems.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The teamwork. Sometimes the group works and sometimes it just doesn’t.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Entrepreneurship, as it was engaging. We worked with a selected team and won a prize.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Finding out the skills I possess and trying different ways of dealing with conflict.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Amazing, entertaining, smart and unforgettable!
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
We don’t get much time to join a lot of activities but the healthcare club was informative and using the facilities at the gym useful. Our cohort made our own clubs and frequently did fun runs or tough mudders, as well as cinema nights out or potluck dinners.
Opportunities from studying at Imperial
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
The networks you can get, the facilities, the use of the name to get interviews and help with projects as well as the alumni and the great people.
Career goals and jobs
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
They have become more aspirational and globalised since starting the programme.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I applied to Warwick Medical School to study medicine and got accepted. I start in September 2017.
Life as a student in London
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
The sheer number of events available to go to and the fact everyone passes through London at some point makes it ideal to study and find a job in.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I lived in Lewisham, as I’m local there.
What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
On Fridays I would go out for a meal or stay at home and cook for a couple of people (but there’s always an event to go to). Saturday is a late start, maybe work on a report before going out in the evening. Sunday for me was racing, followed by a barbeque or a nice dinner. Socialising mainly revolves around food!