BA Economics, University of Manchester
Nationwide Building Society
International Consultant, Towers Watson
Studying MSc Management
Why did you decide to study MSc Management at Imperial College Business School?
Having completed my undergraduate degree in economics in 2009, I knew upon graduating from university that I wanted to pursue a further postgraduate qualification. I saw the possibility of a Master’s degree from a top business school, like Imperial’s, as a real opportunity to develop my professional skills and gain a key competitive advantage in the graduate job market.
I already knew of the outstanding reputation of Imperial College Business School and its MSc programme; which after only a few years of running, was already rated one of the top programmes in the country. I therefore arranged to visit the Business School, and was immediately captured by its outstanding facilities, location, resources and staff.
Additionally, I was fortunate enough to talk to many of the MSc Management alumni, which gave me a great insight into the strength of the programme. I therefore tried to submit my application as early as possible and was delighted upon securing a place. Following my acceptance, I spent the next 10 months working in a graduate banking role in order to raise the capital necessary for the programme.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
One of my fondest moments of the MSc Management programme was pitching a new investment proposal to a real world angel investor as part of the entrepreneurship module.
Over just eight weeks our project team successfully developed an idea from an initial concept, through to product development and finally to pitching for investment armed with a 40 page business proposal. During this time I applied everything I had learned on the programme on finance, marketing, business strategy and innovation and it made me recognise for the first time just how far I had developed over the prior months.
Career & professional development
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
The MSc Management programme has been invaluable to my career. While studying on the MSc programme I successfully secured a place with Towers Watson (TW) as an international consultant. As a result, I work with TW associates and large organisations from all over the world. My ability to work effectively in such a diverse and international environment is testament to my experience on the MSc Management programme. That is, before starting my new role I already had extensive experience working in specialised project teams with students from over 40 different nationalities worldwide.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
The careers team at Imperial College Business School are fantastic! All are exceptionally qualified with most having held very senior HR positions with some of the UK’s biggest graduate employers. The service offered by the careers team is tailored to step you through every phase of the graduate recruitment process and it is a huge advantage to any MSc Management student at Imperial College Business School. For example, through the Careers Team I was able to contact alumni who work at Towers Watson before my assessment centre and learn about the company and current business issues from individuals who were currently working there. This gave me a wealth of information which was a huge advantage during my assessment centre and something that no other candidate had. This is just one example of how the Careers Team at Imperial College Business School will help you to achieve your career ambitions.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
Consulting is a highly rewarding and exciting career path and I recommend it to anyone who is enrolling on the MSc Management programme. Through Towers Watson I have experienced working with individuals from all over the world and have had immediate exposure to projects ranging from Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) to international pooling and insurance networks. Such an environment can be highly pressured at times and requires you to learn and adapt to new situations quickly, but ultimately it ensures that you will never be bored in your job and will continuously grow from new experiences and challenges.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?
The MSc Management programme deliberately simulates what it is like to work in a high pressured and collaborative business environment. It is therefore unique in the fact that the programme focuses as much on practical application as it does on theoretical techniques. Therefore, to excel on the MSc Management programme you will need to go beyond the theory, and apply the skills and techniques you learn along the way.
It follows that the best advice I can give to potential MSc Management candidates is to be consistently proactive, immerse yourself in your project teams and deliberately put yourself in situations which will be challenging and pressured. This is how you will gain the most out of the MSc Management programme and develop excellent skills and practical expertise in teamwork, leadership, innovation, communication and consulting. It is these skills which will help you to excel in your chosen career and explains why MSc Management graduates are so attractive to graduate employers.