Name: Avanti Gupta
Undergraduate degree: BSc Biomedical Sciences, The University of Sheffield
Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Research with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy – looking for a bacteriophage which eliminates oral bacteria, preventing oral cancer.
Employment after studying at the Business School and what is your current position: Internship at Dr Foster’s Intelligence assessing the readiness of global health systems for adoption of hospital performance monitoring tools. Internship at Imperial’s Health Management Group researching the Indian medical tourism industry to create a teaching case study. Presently, a Consultant at McGrigor Group, a boutique strategy and M&A consultancy with a focus on the health insurance & services niche.
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I pursued the Sciences at school in India, with the formidable combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and English as I was keen to study Medicine. Personal life events (namely the loss of my grandparents within a month), led me to change track with the belief that one can’t prevent death but can mitigate disease – fuelling my desire to conduct cutting-edge research to understand the causes of disease and perhaps, find solutions. I decided to pursue my International Health Management (IHM) Masters as I knew it would equip me to understand the marriage of healthcare, business and policy making, allowing me to impact health and well-being on a wider scale. Imperial College Business School had one of the only such courses; this, alongside the prestige of the brand, excellent teaching facilities and the fact that it was set in a global city seemed perfectly suited to further my personal and professional development.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
The IHM course at the Business School is like no other. Three years from completion I still remember each module and what I took away from each semester. From core management concepts like strategy, marketing, organisational behaviour and accounting in term 1, to learning further by applying these concepts to health policy, hospital management and driving innovation in healthcare in term 2, the Business School offered a very well structured programme. These fundamental concepts were then put to test in term 3, where I applied them via creating a business plan, writing a mini thesis and conducting a real life consulting exercise. My advice to a prospective student is to come to the Business School with an open mind …as this course can really get one going on a chosen path and/or offers exposure to so many opportunities that one is sure to excite and challenge you!
How did you find living in London?
Thinking about the answer now, I’d say without doubt … AMAZING! But thinking back to 2012 when I moved here, and remembering my journey I’d say it’s bittersweet. Whether you move here from a smaller UK city/town, from a smaller city/town in another country or even from a large/capital city – the London experience is like no other. Busy streets, ticking clocks, the tube (worse still, the tube at rush hour) and other cliché problems like £3 coffees, high rent and busy schedules are certainly some things that can be a challenge to adjust to. But get over the initial hurdles and you will come to love the parks, the museums, the history, the shopping, the new bars and restaurants, the constant buzz, the fact that your old friends will at some point stop by via London, the new friends and of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are a Londoner!
What was the Business School community like?
The Business School, not just your course is truly one big family. Today, my closest friends across the globe are not just from IHM but from Management, Finance, Marketing and Economics and Strategy for Business. We all shared the sense of excitement for the vibrant learning environment, new concepts, great facilities, opportunities to have fascinating conversations with diverse people and to socialise and have fun in the heart of London. It’s a great community spirit, one that continues to grip me for years after graduation – both when I’m visiting the South Kensington campus/area or am somewhere in the world, with a friend I made at Imperial.
What was a typical day the Business School like?
Busy, bustling and in all honesty, never quite the same as the previous day. From lectures, to group meetings to work on group projects, to solo study sessions in the computer rooms or library, to evening career/networking events or language classes and then of course, the sunny days at Hyde Park, rainy days at the nearby Paul’s or Starbucks – Business School and South Kensington will become your permanent home for the time you study here. And in the midst of it all bonding with the course mates, flatmates and the wider Business School community!
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I enjoy the opportunity to work across a range of projects and with various clients, facilitating sales acceleration, assessment of market entry strategies, financial analysis/valuation (of M&A deals),composing strategic board papers, and delivering presentations.
That being said, it has been a steep learning curve – involving on many days, multitasking/changing priorities, long hours and sometimes, skipped plans to socialise. Striking the work-life balance is one of the biggest challenges of the transition from studying to working.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
Imperial College Business School and the alumni network is my haven for connecting to intelligent, diverse and innovative people and ideas – the very things that I first came to Imperial for. I love reaching out and sharing what I have been up to as well as learning about the developments at the School or in the lives of those I met there, as well as others who have had the privilege of experiencing it.
Have you volunteered at the Business School since you graduated? If so, why do you feel it’s important to volunteer your time and experience?
Yes, I have been actively involved both attending events which interest me as well as contributing to events where my knowledge/information or merely my experience/words can help others to learn of one ‘product’ of the Business School. I have come to the alumni weekend, panel events and networking events. I think it is great both for me to reflect on my journey/past years and to perhaps inspire a next step for someone else who likes what I do.