BA Sociology, University of Durham
Senior Associate at PwC
Studying MSc Management at Imperial
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
The experience of studying at the Business School was very positive. I am grateful that I had several talented and responsible classmates in the same group and we were all very passionate about how each project should be done. My fondest memory involves the time when my group decided to produce a short video on Innovation Management for Twitter using paper, simple pictures and drawings. It was really fun and we came third in our class.
Career & Professional Development
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
My previous degree was a BA in Sociology; therefore I believed that in order to work in the financial sector, I needed more relevant knowledge and skills. The MSc Management programme provided me with foundation knowledge of various business related areas that I was able to build on after graduation. The real world cases taught in class and used for projects were particularly useful when I faced clients of a similar nature at PwC. Professors and lecturers with work experience in the financial sector also provided valuable insights when choosing which companies to apply for.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
From perfecting my CV to giving advice on assessment centres, the Career Service at the Business School has been excellent. There were also frequent email updates on the vacancies from many different companies which saved me time from researching on the internet.
What do you enjoy most about your work, and what are the main challenges that you face?
My work currently involves conducting financial due diligence for merger and acquisition transactions. As we engage with new clients or target companies for each project, it is always interesting getting to understand the operations of different industries and meeting their management, who are experts in their fields. New targets each time however also mean that you are surrounded by uncertainties on the target company, which can be quite challenging – for instance when the team is dealing with unfriendly personnel in a remote factory overseas under a tight deadline.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
During the programme, many classmates have become very good friends of mine. Although we are now located in difference parts of the world, we still keep close contact via email, phone and social networking websites. Every time I happen to visit London, we gather and share any news among us. For those who are in Hong Kong, we catch up every now and then for drinks and meals.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
I think it is extremely important to remain connected to the alumni network. Apart from staying connected with fellow classmates as friends, it may also be helpful in the future if you want some advice about their specialised areas. You never know; if you may want to have a career change or start as an entrepreneur, it would be much easier if you have connections who you personally know in those fields.
Advice to prospective students
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?
Firstly, be open to meeting and working with people from different academic backgrounds and from different countries. Obviously it will not be the same as your undergraduate programme where everyone may have done similar subjects previously, but in MSc Management, you may find people from all sorts of backgrounds such as mathematics, fashion design, linguistics, or nursing etc.
Secondly, be prepared to encounter challenges throughout the programme. Teamwork is just as important as individual effort if you want to get the best out of MSc Management. Just like in most real organisations, you are assigned to a team of several members for completion of project work for each module. Therefore it is both interesting and challenging to blend a mixture of skill sets among your team in order to work well for all the project work. Expect to have a lot of intense discussions and arguments.