What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Prior to beginning my studies at the Business School, I worked as a doctor in the NHS for six years.
Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
I was a junior doctor union representative in my trust for two years and was heavily involved in several workstreams including service provision, digital transformation and workforce. It opened my eyes to a side of healthcare that isn’t really considered or taught in medical school. I decided to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School as the modules were highly relevant to my interests.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy the most?
The aspects I enjoyed most about the programme were the social and networking opportunities that were presented to us.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module has been Organisational behaviour. During the module we learn about understanding human psychology and how that applies to the workplace, and how it’s crucial to anybody thinking about moving up to a management position.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
Some of the most rewarding parts of the programme have been submitting coursework and finally having completed it after all the hard work you have put into it.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
I found the most challenging part of the programme to be group work. Learning to delegate and lead when everyone is an equal is very different from a working environment where there are clear and defined roles.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
I would describe my cohort in three words - diverse, enthusiastic and impressive.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Personally, I found the greatest opportunity being able to network and get to know the students studying on the Imperial MBA, as well as the guest speakers that present at the Business School.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I found the career workshops and the healthcare careers club events to be especially useful in developing my skills and knowledge.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
During my time at Imperial, I have been a Student Ambassador and a member of the Healthcare Careers Club committee
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London STEM community?
I’ve been able to benefit from the STEM community by working in the Enterprise Lab – this has given me the opportunity to meet and network with STEM students.
How did you find the unprecedented switch to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
I have found the switch to be challenging, but I have also found there have been some advantages. For instance, the time I have saved on travelling to and from the Business School has been great.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
Prior to starting on the programme, I co-founded a startup called Mind Hug, our mission is to provide individuals with knowledge and access to a wider choice of beneficial alternative therapies and activities for mental wellbeing. I will continue working here when I graduate.
How did the services from Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
The careers team have been very helpful in organising relevant and helpful workshops and I find the one on one sessions are very useful for interview and CV prep.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Yes, London is where most of the opportunities are. I’ve found that many people are willing to have a coffee with you to share their experiences and give advice – just as long as you ask!
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in Brighton as I bought a property here prior to starting on the programme. The travel has been challenging and I would live in London if I did not have a family.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
Yes, I attended an online webinar. It was really useful to hear from the Programme Director and current students who are already studying on the programme I would recommend using UniBuddy as well – it’s a platform where you can connect with students on the programme and ask them questions about the programme or tips for the application process.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Just apply! Think about your career goals and how this programme could help you attain it. Imperial College Business School is a great place to pursue a postgraduate degree and gives you the tools to succeed in life after your studies too.