Rakhshan Butt
MSc International Health Management

About you

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

Before Imperial, I successfully completed a one-year pre-registration training at Royal Surrey County Hospital after graduating in Pharmacy and became a registered Pharmacist with the GPhC. I then worked in a family-run pharmaceutical wholesale business in Nairobi, Kenya. During my time in this role I led multiple projects including revision of stock management processes, delivery of forecasting plans with overseas suppliers and various internal audits.

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

The programme offers the perfect balance of contemporary health related topics that I believed would tremendously benefit me in engaging better with various stakeholders within the healthcare sphere. In addition, I wanted to sharpen my managerial skillset and the International Health Management programme at Imperial provides multiple modules that challenge me and have helped me become a more competent and effective healthcare manager.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?

The aspects of the programme I have enjoyed the most have been the opportunities to engage with thought leaders of today in contemporary topics in health policies, and really understand the challenges health systems are facing today. The structure of modules also ensures that whilst you build on your knowledge you are working with others on the programme, thus improving your teamwork and time management skills. Lastly, the highly international nature of the programme led by expert faculty with students from across the world, exposes you to new information and ways of thinking.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module has been Contemporary Topics in Health Policy. This module really challenges the health issues we are facing today. It is a very relevant topic in the health industry and has made us learn about how behavioural insights can be applied to different health related policies to improve their effectiveness.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme has been the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students of different educational and national backgrounds. It’s been great to learn from my peers on the programme, as well as the professors.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging part of the programme has been managing multiple deadlines including revision for exams and quizzes, along with individual and group coursework.

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

In one word I’d describe my cohort as international. It’s great to see so many people coming together from different backgrounds and countries with a shared goal to learn about the health sector on an international level.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

Colin Love was my favourite lecturer. He is insightful, naturally good at grabbing your attention and making you understand concepts in an interactive and stimulating way.

Opportunities

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

The greatest opportunity I have had at Imperial has been the access I’ve had to the Careers services. They have been a crucial part of the process of securing a job after the MSc International Health Management programme is finished.

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

I found the careers fairs in first term insightful, as they showcase multiple players in healthcare and granted us the opportunities to speak with representatives from various organisations in the industry.

Career

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

Since studying at Imperial, I have realised a new passion for developing health policies and have secured a graduate role at the Department of Health and Social Care in their Fast Track Health Policy Graduate Scheme.  I’ll be working with the cabinet office as well as arm’s length bodies of the DHSC, including the NHS to develop health policies across the UK.

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

The one-to-one sessions with the Careers service were vital in preparing me for assessment centres and interviews. I cannot recommend them enough, as their advice pointed me in exactly the right direction to showcase relevant skills to assessors, tips on how to approach different types of interview questions as well as how to ensure you come across as your “best self” during interviews.

London Location

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

Absolutely! Studying in London has been a fantastic experience - there are continuous careers and networking events all year round, which creates opportunities for you that you might not have had somewhere else.

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

I live in Earl’s Court. It’s a terrific location and I would highly recommend it to future students. Firstly, it’s less than a 20-minute journey to the Business School and makes for a very convenient location to live in. It’s also a great location for foodies too, there’s lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

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

When I’m not studying, I love checking out London’s West End, there’s always fabulous and fun shows on - I recently watched Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. London’s a foodie heaven and I try and make the most out of the amazing and diverse options of places to eat. Afternoon tea at the Claridge’s is a must!

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

A major benefit of moving to London is the idea that you get to be part of such a vibrant, eclectic and dynamic city - there’s never a shortage of things to get up to – from picnics at Primrose Hill, views from the London Eye or simply walking down the ever-bustling Oxford Street. Keep in mind this isn’t a place for the faint-hearted as it’s such a fast-paced city. Many people will tell you that London is super expensive and to an extent this is true. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for student deals and discounts, which there’s plenty on offer and it can help you save a pound or two!

Tips

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

Go for it! The MSc International Health Management programme at Imperial has been a great opportunity to not only develop my skills in management but it’s given me the opportunity to meet incredible people and have access to a world-class Careers service.

Role
MSc International Health Management
Nationality
Kenya
Role after Imperial College Business School :

Health Policy Fast Track Scheme, Department of Health & Social Care