BSc Health Science, Boston University
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I worked as a physical therapy assistant at a local clinic in the US before joining Imperial College Business School. My job-scope included consulting with patients to diagnose their conditions and symptoms, developing treatment plans and also teaching patients how to perform therapeutic exercises.
Why did you decide to study an MSc International Health Management at Imperial College Business School?
Coming from a medical science background, I wanted to gain insights from a business perspective without losing focus on my interest in healthcare. MSc International Health Management is a great programme for me since it combines content such as marketing, business strategy, and economics with an application into the healthcare industry. In addition, continuing my studies at Imperial gives me a chance to learn from internationally recognised faculties at the forefront of health management and enables me to cultivate professional contacts. I believe that having an Imperial on my CV will help me in a long way.
Did you receive a scholarship?
I was very grateful to be a recipient of the Imperial Business Scholarship, which provided such a generous grant to subsidise my education! I came into this Master’s programme straight after completing my undergraduate studies. This scholarship took away my financial concerns, which gave me more time to study and secure better grades. In addition, receiving the scholarship on merit is also an accomplishment, which could help me stand out from the rest during job applications. I highly recommend students who want to apply for this programme also to take the opportunity to apply for the scholarships.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite moudle so far is Managing Change and Innovation in Healthcare with Professor James Barlow. This module was insightful and provided me with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges in managing technological and organisational innovation within healthcare systems around the world. The module was delivered through a combination of lectures and guest speakers. The guest speakers had startup/entrepreneurial venture experiences in managing healthcare projects and spoke about the real-life challenges they faced, which I really enjoyed.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The most rewarding part of the programme for me is that I get the chance to work with an amazingly smart and fun group of people who support and inspire me along the way. Because my cohort is so diverse, I get to talk to people from different backgrounds and diverse work experiences. It is wonderful to be in such a warm and uplifting environment with people I trust and like.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Working with people from different backgrounds is also the most challenging part of the programme. All of our modules comprise of group work. Working in a team can be time-consuming since everyone has so many other important things to do. However, it is a good experience to learn how to cooperate and communicate with different people, as well as things like staying optimistic and positive if you get in a bad situation!
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
My cohort is not too big but really diverse. We have people from all over the world and from different education and work backgrounds. There are doctors, pharmacists, and students from all different academic backgrounds. I believe my learning has happened not just from professors/ lecturers, but also from my peers. I am happy that I have the chance to know my classmates and build life-long relationships with them.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
My favourite lecturer is Jeremy Fernando. He is very bright and good at making you understand concepts in an interactive way. He cares very much about us and really wants each one of us to get the most from his lectures. He is also helpful in answering students’ questions both in class and during his office hours.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I think the Career fairs in the autumn term were helpful. These career provided me huge amounts of information and experience about my sectors of interest and were useful for networking with the staff.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My long-term career goal is to work in system-based healthcare, improving the healthcare system and the provision of the healthcare service in Taiwan. Both the programme itself and Imperial College Business School Careers helps a lot towards my long-term career goal. The Careers service at Imperial provides me both useful advice to seek out career paths, job opportunities and mock job interviews practice sessions.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Definitely! There are so many great opportunities to network in London. All you have to do is to take advantage of the many networking events and conferences in London. I have been attending many career fairs and networking events both on and off-campus since I came to London.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I live in a private student accommodation studio in Hammersmith. My accommodation is close to both the bus and tube stations, within just five minutes’ walk. Transportation is definitely convenient here. The Hammersmith tube station has both Circle/District and Piccadilly lines, which means I can get almost everywhere in London very easily. Also, I think Hammersmith is a great area to live where you can find all you need within walking distance - cafés, a shopping mall, supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy trying different local restaurants and visiting galleries and museums in London. There are many street markets in London, which embody all that is good about contemporary food. Also, I often spend a day or a weekend travelling out of the city since the transportation is so convenient here and it is very affordable.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
If you are like me and want to live in a private student accommodation studio, it’s better to start thinking about accommodation early since these rooms will be booked up quickly.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Even though having prior experience in health-related fields is great, what really matters for our programme is who you are as a person. Therefore, in the application just be yourself and relax. Don’t get caught up with being the perfect academic candidate. Also, since much of our coursework is group-based, don’t forget to highlight your communication, collaboration and leadership skills in your personal statement. Additionally, do apply for the scholarships and make sure to check the deadlines. Just give it a try! If you don’t apply, nothing will ever happen.