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Programme:
MSc Management
Nationality:
Canadian
Undergraduate education:

McGill University/ Concordia University

MSc Management

About you

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

Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, I had experience at two different marketing agencies (digital and e-commerce optimisation), a start-up called The Hair Routine (a brand that sells organic and personalised hair care), and in the marketing department of ALDO Group, a world-renowned shoe retailer.

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

I chose to study MSc Management at Imperial College Business School due to Imperial College’s stellar reputation across the world, as it is one of the ‘global top ten universities’. Additionally, I liked how Imperial seemed more progressive than other business schools in London, and had connections to the world of science and technology, since Imperial College London is also recognised for its engineering, natural science, and medical schools.

Programme

What aspects of the programme do you enjoy the most?         

I enjoyed how the programme was very well-rounded and offered students a variety of courses, ranging from finance and accounting to marketing and organisational behaviour. I believe that this knowledge will be useful in the real world since it helps to know about a little bit of everything.

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite module in this course was Strategic Management because it was different from any module that I had taken previously. To elaborate, it allowed me to tap into the minds of successful CEO’s and board members of organisations, as I explored different corporate and functional strategies that are used in the corporate world.  

What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme was witnessing the final product of my hard work, especially the work that I had done with my syndicate teams, since we would work for several weeks on a single project and devote all of our study time to achieve a high mark.  

What has been the most challenging part of the programme? 

Since MSc Management is a truly diverse programme, it can be hard to adjust to the leadership/teamwork style of others. However, this is also a culturally enriching experience, and very representative of the real world, since consultants have to deal with clients from all across the globe.

People

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

My cohort consists of a group of highly intelligent individuals that are willing to take the time to help their peers succeed. I look forward to keeping in touch with my cohort throughout my career.

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

No, I believe that each professor was remarkable in his/her own way, and had an impact throughout my academic experience at Imperial.

Opportunities

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?

One of the greatest opportunities that Imperial has provided me is being able to take the Luxury Brand Management elective at HEC Paris. Although the application process was very selective, it was rewarding, since I had the opportunity to have another strong brand on my CV, and to network with people that share similar interests with me.

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

In the fall term, I found the consulting workshops to be very useful, as they showed me how to build a strong application for MBB (McKinsey, Bain, BCG), in addition to providing me insight on the life of a management consultant.

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

Throughout my time at Imperial, I was a Student Ambassador. My role was to represent Imperial’s brand and answer the queries of prospective students at our information sessions and on Unibuddy. I enjoyed being a Student Ambassador since I remembered how overwhelming it was to prepare a strong application to a highly competitive programme. I was also an active member of the TMT, FMCG/Retail/Luxury, Consulting, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship clubs.

Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?   

Definitely! Our social leader from the MSc Management programme did a great job at collaborating with other social leaders from other Imperial College Business School programmes, in order to promote cross-programme networking.

How did you find the unprecedented switch to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Initially, I found the switch to be very stressful since I never lived through a global pandemic before (therefore I didn’t know what to expect!). However, the Imperial community was very informative and supportive of its students, and I was able to get into contact with faculty members of Imperial almost immediately in order to express my concerns about this situation. Since this was a very stressful time for us all, the faculty decided to host weekly ‘pastoral care drop-in sessions’, to stay in touch with students from all across the globe. In sum, Imperial was very proactive and efficient in switching to remote learning, in a very short amount of time.

Career

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

My goal is to start out in consulting, in order to build a strong skillset in management. Ultimately, however, I aspire to start my own fashion brand or work at an executive level of an existing luxury fashion brand. Since being at Imperial, I had the incredible opportunity to network with individuals that represent major fashion/luxury brands, such as LVMH, Dior, Tiffany & Co, and Burberry.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme? How did the services from Careers help you secure employment/in your professional development?

I’m still in the recruitment process for a few jobs, however, the Careers service was very helpful in my professional development by offering 1:1 sessions to revise my CV and cover letter, hosting several workshops to enhance professional development, and inform me on various job postings in London, that I would not have known of myself. I found them to be very emotionally supportive, especially since searching for an entry-level job in London can be a very daunting task.

London location

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

Definitely! Since London is one of the most metropolitan cities in the world, it attracts a lot of international talent from various career backgrounds. Therefore, if you keep an eye out for major networking events, then you can make the most of your time there. My best networking experience was having the honour of attending London Fashion Week (spring and fall). This opportunity allowed me to meet well-established professionals in the industry, which would benefit my career, as my ultimate goal is to have my own fashion start-up.

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

I chose to live in West London (right next to the Westfield Mall in Shepherd’s Bush). I chose this location because it is conveniently located on the Central Line. Additionally, it’s situated near a lot of grocery stores, hair salons, gyms, and entertainment centres, therefore I didn’t need to travel far in order to have access to any utilities.

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

When I’m not studying, I enjoy getting involved in campus activities. While at Imperial, I had the pleasure of being one of the Student Ambassadors, as well as being involved in several business clubs. Additionally, in my free time, I enjoy travelling (which is quite convenient when you live in Europe), meeting new people, and doing anything creative!

If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London?

One of the best parts about living in London is the fact that it’s a very exciting city, with a lot of diversity. There is literally something to do, for everyone: every neighbourhood has its own “personality” and distinct living environment. One of the most difficult parts about living in London (especially as a student), is the fact that it’s very expensive, and it can be hard to stick to your budget, especially since there are so many great restaurants, cafes, and bars to explore during your free time!

Tips

Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?

Yes, I did. I did find them very useful because they allowed me to form my expectations for the programme, as well as the Business School.  Choosing a university and graduate programme can be a daunting task, so it helps to have some guidance in the earlier stages of the process. I would recommend prospective students to attend these events, in order to make a rational decision about their university of choice.

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

My best advice to apply to any grad school is to be yourself, and let your true personality shine. Be sure to showcase whatever makes you unique through real-life examples, in order to prove that you are an interesting and suitable candidate for the programme.

Programme:
MSc Management
Nationality:
Canadian
Undergraduate education:

McGill University/ Concordia University