Ana Wilmer, MSc Management 2021-22, student at Imperial College Business School

Programme: MSc Management

Nationality: German

Education: BSc Security and Crime Science, UCL

About you

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

Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, I worked as a Risk Analyst for Amazon as part of the Threat Evaluation and Risk Assessment team. I was primarily responsible for the analysis of emerging risks and supporting situational awareness across Amazon EMEA business operations. Before joining Amazon full-time, I was a Loss Prevention intern where I worked on a security and loss prevention policy project.

In 2019, I interned as a Security Analyst at PROSOL Ingeniería in Madrid, conducting an internal security audit using penetration testing techniques. Lastly, in 2018, I was a cybersecurity intern for ASOS in London.

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

During my Security and Crime Science undergraduate degree, I developed a passion for analysis, problem-solving and data. Following my work experience in risk management, I decided to pursue Imperial’s MSc Management programme to solidify my managerial skills to advance my career. Specifically, I wanted to build on the knowledge and skills I acquired during my undergraduate and work experience with a postgraduate programme that would allow me to explore new scenarios in which I could implement and transfer those skills. I saw the strong focus on collaboration at Imperial College Business School as an opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and learn from them as well.  

Did you receive a scholarship?

I was a recipient of the Imperial Business School Scholarship of Excellence, which significantly helped me fund the MSc Management programme.

Programme

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module so far has been Organisational Behaviour taught by Dr Esther Canonico Martin in the autumn term. The module is taught in a highly interactive fashion and allowed me to engage with a variety of different organisational behaviour topics that I had not come across in my undergraduate studies. I particularly enjoyed the Everest simulation group exercise which was both a fun and insightful activity into group dynamics and leadership.

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding parts of the programme have been both the breadth of modules and the friends I have made in my cohort. The different modules and associated assignments have required me to adopt different mindsets and apply a variety of skills, both qualitative and quantitative. This is a challenge I have enjoyed. The friends I have made on the programme have been an extremely rewarding element, especially as the cohort is so diverse and I have had the chance to meet people from all walks of life and backgrounds.

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

Although time-management has been a very challenging aspect of the programme, the most difficult part of the programme for me has been adapting to a different university environment, such as new teaching styles and a different campus. Coming from an undergraduate degree with a small cohort, it has been an exciting challenge to join a programme with 170 more students than I was used to!

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

The cohort at Imperial is funny, ambitious, collaborative, and supportive.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

My favourite lecturer has been Dr David Shepherd who taught Business Economics. His lectures and teaching style is incredibly well structured which helped me understand more complex concepts. His use of examples and scenarios to put theory into practice was also very well thought out and easy to understand. The quantitative side of the module was also explained very well through additional weekly sessions. 

Opportunities

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

In our Strategic Management module, we had a guest lecture by Jan Petzel, Managing Partner of Eldon Capital, an investment and advisory firm. Petzel spoke about the geopolitical factors that influence investment strategies, a topic that I am greatly interested in. Hearing about the impact of geopolitics from a different perspective further developed my knowledge of risk management in a different context.

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

The Business School’s Careers team has connected me with the wider alumni network and allowed me to get a better understanding of the wide range of possibilities for my future career.

Career

What are your future career goals?

My future career goals are to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and have a role that challenges me and where I can both learn from others and teach others. I am passionate about the security, risk and tech industry and I wish to apply both qualitative and quantitative skills in my future career.

London Location

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

Studying in London has been very beneficial for networking and career opportunities. I received the opportunity to do an internship at ASOS through my undergraduate university. With Imperial’s large alumni network in London, I have been able to receive useful advice on the skills that employers are looking for in the sectors that I am interested in.

When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not studying, I enjoy playing sports such as football, squash, and tennis. The Imperial Ethos Sports Centre offers great squash courts that are available to book. I also enjoy spending time with friends that I have made at Imperial and grabbing a drink with them at the union bar or going for a meal around campus.

Tips

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

My advice to someone who is thinking about applying for the MSc Management programme is to talk to both previous students from this programme and Imperial College Business School alumni in general. They can answer a lot of questions you might have that you may not be able to find answers to elsewhere. I also suggest exploring the different societies and clubs that Imperial has to offer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Programme: MSc Management

Nationality: German

Education: BSc Security and Crime Science, UCL

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