MEng, Durham University
Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Throughout my undergraduate I was fortunate enough to have a broad range of internship experience, with summers at a solar energy startup, in private equity, writing satellite flight software in Silicon Valley and at an energy consultancy.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Management at Imperial College Business School?
I felt unsure what next steps to take to receive an offer for a job that I was excited about. Having spent the previous year applying for jobs across various industries with no real cohesion, I thought a Management Masters’ programme was a good way to focus myself and improve my credentials in the meantime.
What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?
Firstly, the opportunity to participate in group work is great - It can be difficult at times and might not seem useful, but I found it great for improving my interviewing skills and how I approached teamwork in general.
Secondly, the careers department is fantastic. Having the chance to meet professionals from the industry and have one-on-one interview practice (every day if you want) is invaluable.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
My favourite module was Climate Change and Business Strategy (a summer elective). It was an intense and immersive experience in an area I’m personally interested in. Over four days we heard from prominent scientists, engineers and business leaders on the issue of climate change and practicable paths forward. Additionally, we were able to visit an energy management facility in London and broaden our networks through sharing the class with MBA students.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
Being able to meet and work with so many different people with different backgrounds and learn how to work together to produce work that the whole team is proud of has been the most rewarding part of the programme. Specifically, in the summer term, the Entrepreneurship module allowed us to form our own teams and come up with an idea, turn it into a business proposition and finally pitch it to a panel of experts. It really brought together the knowledge we had learned throughout the year and we had a lot of fun working on an idea we were passionate about.
How was the international trip to Berlin and did you attend an international elective?
First and foremost, the trips are really good fun. I went to Berlin and New York and enjoyed both. There was a good balance of larger corporations like Bloomberg, BNP Paribas and Morgan Stanley, as well as smaller startups, which gave a good insight into a range of work environments you can be part of in the industry.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
I would describe my cohort at Imperial as a fun, diverse and a career focused group.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
James Eteen was my favourite professor. He was extremely engaging as a teacher with real industry experience., Every lecture always had a full audience of students and as someone interested to get into strategy consulting, the content was great.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
The greatest opportunity I have had at Imperial is the chance to get so close to potential employers – through office visits, recruitment events on campus, the alumni network and leveraging the Business School’s reputation to access selective company insight events.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
I found the market sizing workshop at the Business School Consulting Club to be really useful. This informal group session helped me to get my head around structuring answers to difficult questions in interviews from someone who had plenty of experience in a face-to-face interview environment.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I took a role as Head of Renewables and Clean Tech in the Energy and Sustainability club. This was good fun, looks good on your CV and allowed me to meet other like-minded people outside of the programme.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Being able to connect with professionals from companies I was already targeting before applying for the programme was super useful – it allowed me to get a better understanding of how they see themselves, along with how I could differentiate myself from the crowd and tailor my job applications specifically for each company.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I've received an offer from OC&C before the milk round, which meant I was able to concentrate on just a few other firms after this, but I ended up receiving and accepting an offer from Bain & Company. I was lucky enough to get a job at one of my target firms in strategy consulting and will be starting in September 2019. I’m not sure where I will end up in the long-term; I’d like to be involved in the energy industry but whether that’s within a consultancy, a large energy company or a startup, I don’t know. I
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Yes, definitely. The contrast between networking opportunities between Imperial and my undergraduate university was immense. I felt like there was at least one company event on campus at the Business School every day throughout first term which is very useful.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I made so many new friends from the programme, and together we filled in our free time at the Union (a bar), exploring London and visiting each other’s houses across Europe.
What have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
The big issue is the cost of living, as it’s not conducive to the student lifestyle. I would advise taking enough time to look for a place that suits your finances. Even consider a longer commute to the Business School if it helps with expenses.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Take the time to consider what you want to get out of the programme and where you want it to take you. It’s been extremely useful in focusing myself on my future, employment opportunities and developing a global network - but fees are significant, so I think it’s important to weigh up the costs with the expected benefits before committing to it.