Philipp Zimmer, MSc International Management 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School
MSc International Management

Business Administration, Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences

About you

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

Before joining Imperial, I worked as an Executive Assistant to a CEO in the aviation industry in Hamburg, Germany. This position allowed me not only to work closely with the Executive Board of the company, but also to contribute to our performance improvement programme in collaboration with an external management consultancy.

Furthermore, I did my undergraduate degree in a dual study programme in the aviation industry. The advantage of a dual study programme is that the company offered me a sponsorship for my studies and at the same time I did several internships at Hamburg Airport. This gave me the opportunity to gain extensive insights into the aviation industry, the company itself and its various departments, such as Business Development, IT and Finance.

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

My decision to apply to Imperial College Business School was based on a variety of factors. Certainly, the excellent reputation of the MSc International Management programme is a key differentiator to many other business schools, but also the diversity of students in terms of their international backgrounds and experiences was especially important to me. I was also impressed by the strong focus on consulting, both in the programme and Imperial College Business School Careers, which equips us very well for our future career plans.


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

I especially enjoyed the practical experience we were able to gain during the programme. For example, in the Leadership in Action module we worked with a company from South America to develop an expansion strategy to China. Another part of the programme I enjoyed was the electives because you had the opportunity to work with students from other programmes which allows you not only to expand your network, but also to broaden your own perspective on a variety of problems and challenges in the business world.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

I believe that many of my fellow students would agree that the Leadership in Action module is one of the highlights of the programme. This module accompanies us throughout our entire programme, so it offers numerous opportunities to improve our leadership skills and to reflect on our own abilities. In my opinion, the Leadership in Action module is a key differentiator to the management programmes of other business schools due to its highly interactive and inspiring way of teaching.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding parts of the programme are the relationships with your fellow students and the valuable network you build during. At Imperial, there is an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement. You meet inspiring people with different academic and practical experiences. The network you create at Imperial will last beyond your studies and will certainly help you during your career.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

One of the most challenging parts is the high workload in some stages of the programme. However, in retrospect I consider this a very positive experience because I learned what I can achieve in a very short time. Therefore, you will learn a lot about time management, setting priorities and teamwork.

How has the Leadership in Action module been beneficial to you?

As mentioned above, the most beneficial aspect of the Leadership in Action module is that you will not only learn cutting-edge theory, but also have access to a variety of opportunities to apply your knowledge in practical projects. The international project during the module was one of my most rewarding experiences, as you have to work in a team to solve a challenging problem for a client in a very short period of time. This requires not only your own ambition and commitment, but also the ability to work in a team effectively.

How have you found the multi-mode teaching delivery?

Imperial College Business School was already well prepared for multi-mode teaching at the start of my programme. In my view, multi-mode teaching will be a significant part of our future — even after the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, it is still a challenge for all of us to adapt to the new circumstances caused by the pandemic. However, the work environment has also become increasingly digital and that's why I think students will benefit from a mix of face-to-face and online lectures/events in the future.


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

I especially enjoyed the workshops and events with external guest speakers. Personally, they have been extremely beneficial because they are broadening my horizons.

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

I am active in several clubs at the Business School. The Consulting Club has been particularly beneficial for me because, together with Careers, the club prepares students for a career in consulting by organising workshops and events. Therefore, the consulting club facilitates the creation of a large network of like-minded students with similar career goals.

How have you benefited from the Business School’s connection to the Imperial College London community?

Being part of Imperial College London allows you access to a large number of societies and clubs, which is a great opportunity to connect with people from non-business backgrounds. This was one of the reasons why I chose Imperial for my MSc International Management. Recently, we founded our own student consultancy with several engineering students and a PhD candidate. This is one of the best examples of how I have benefited from the diverse community of Imperial College London.

London Location

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

London is home to many global companies, especially in the finance sector. Therefore, London offers many opportunities to network with future employers, especially through guest lectures and on-campus and online recruiting events.

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

I chose to live in Kensington. I like this location because it is close to Hyde Park, many restaurants and cafés as well as the Imperial’s South Kensington campus.


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

Before applying, think about your career and personal goals and evaluate how you can achieve them. If you believe that the MSc International Management programme is a perfect fit for you, highlight in your application what you stand for and what you can contribute to the programme and the cohort. I’m sure you can stand out in the mass of applicants by focussing on your values and your unique skills and experiences. This will help you with your application for Imperial College Business School.

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MSc International Management

Business Administration, Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences