Sheffield Hallam University – BEng Materials Engineering
Academic and industry experience before Imperial
Work experience/internship(s): I joined the program straight after completing an undergraduate degree in Engineering in the UK.
Greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements:
a. Graduated top of the class in Materials Engineering.
b. Won a platinum award for my achievements in extracurricular activities (founding member of Women in Engineering Society and participated in various activities within the Student Union).
c. Received an award from my faculty for significant contribution as a Student Representative and Student Advisor.
Studying MSc Management
Why did you decide to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I have always been an ambitious person and therefore just being an engineer was not enough for me. I wanted to be at the forefront of engineering making real changes within communities and leaving a long lasting impact, hence I chose to attain a Master’s degree in Management.
I chose Imperial College Business School specifically because when I read the module descriptions while applying I felt like the course was going to be very practically oriented with a lot of importance given to analytical thinking and being able to apply theory in real life situations. Upon joining the program I was certainly not disappointed and it was exactly what I expected.
What makes the MSc Management at Imperial College Business School unique?
The course is very comprehensive yet gives you a really good knowledge of the really important tools that will equip you to tackle real life situations with confidence.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy?
Structure of the whole course was very effective in my opinion. The first semester focused on laying a good foundation and explaining the theory behind the application of different strategies. This was really beneficial when it came to the second semester, when applying these theories to better understand real life case studies.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
The first semester was challenging for me as I was new to topics like accounting and economics and the semester in general was quite intensive in terms of workload. This was however expected due to how comprehensive the course is, especially in a one-year timeframe.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
Learning different aspects of business that have now given me a broader perspective both in terms of job opportunities and being knowledgeable of the world around us (how various companies function and their strategies, emphasis on sustainability and how that impacts the world we live in).
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Two favourite modules: the first one is Strategic Management, which was very interactive due to the interesting approach taken by the professor. We discussed several case studies to understand how every company approaches business and what leads to the success and failures of each of them.
My second favourite was an elective named Business Simulation. In this we worked on a hypothetical company as a group and made decisions based on the current market. This was very interesting for me as I was able to apply everything I studied so far in the courses to make tactical decisions that would help my company generate profits.
What pathway (Digital Business, Financial Services or Strategy and Leadership) have you chosen and why?
I chose the Financial Services pathway as I had no background in finance and thought it would be beneficial if I ever wanted to be a manager or start my own company.
How would you sum up the Business School faculty?
Highly knowledgeable and very approachable.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Jeremy Fernandez for Finance as he made the module that looked so intimidating at first very much interesting.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
Being able to work with different kinds of people who have different strengths that bring a fresh and interesting perspective to the table.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Truly international and exciting bunch of people. I have learned a lot from all of them.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I am the President of the Women in Business Society that will soon be a fully functional society within the College Union as well.
Opportunities from studying at Imperial
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
Enthusiastic and equally pro-active career guidance, which has helped me explore various job options. Interesting alumni connections and networking opportunities that enabled me to meet very interesting people.
How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?
They have various services from CV checks to mock interview sessions that were very beneficial when preparing for job applications.
They have also been very pro-active and constantly kept us updated with the various job opportunities and recruitment sessions held within campus.
How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?
Imperial is a university that focuses a lot on innovation and research that would create a better place to live in. Therefore being part of this community helps you interact with people from various disciplines with innovative ideas who most often become pioneers in their industries. Being able to speak to people like this helps you gain a much better outlook on the world and motivates you to think like them and make the community a better place to live in.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
Certainly! I had the opportunity to attend a talk by the Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, which was incredible as he discussed various topics and the future of artificial intelligence and how it could change the world we live in.
I have also been able to attend various off campus events hosted by several incubators that constantly publicise on our social media networks. I was also able to meet the co-founder of Skype who gave us an honest and interesting insight to startups and the impact of European startups.
I strongly believe the central location and the Imperial name has been incredible in attracting such amazing personnel to these events and hence has been a great opportunity for me to learn new things.
Career goals and jobs
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
My long-term career goal is to be an entrepreneur and since joining Imperial I am positive this will be something I pursue more seriously in the near future.
Where do you see yourself upon completing the programme?
I am really keen on starting my own company and therefore looking for opportunities in London and Dubai.
Life as a student in London
Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
Battersea – nearest station Clapham junction. I live in privately owned student accommodation and chose it mostly to have an independent studio without having the hassle of paying bills.
What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?
Some of the weekends you might find yourself immersed in group work but I would say if you’re new to London surely prioritise and find time to explore the city. There is so much to do every single day.
In your opinion, tell us about the most exciting, undiscovered place in London.
Kyoto garden. This is definitely the most breath-taking garden I have seen filled with incredibly beautiful and colourful plants and water. Worth the trip if you want to be awestruck by nature.
If you had to move to London for the programme, what have been the benefits and challenges of moving to London? What advice would you give to someone in a similar position?
Benefits: living in such a vibrant city where you can find something for every person. In addition, the way London retains the culture and preserves buildings centuries old is certainly something you would never find in any other major city.
Challenges: adapting to the city and the people. Be prepared for a very fast paced life that buzzes with energy throughout the day.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the course?
Make sure the course fits your future aspirations and read through the module briefs to understand the intensity of the course and ensure this is the kind of course you are looking for.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online or on campus information sessions? Did you find these a useful part of the recruitment process? Would you recommend that prospective students attend these events?
I attended one of the campus welcome sessions for prospective students held in June. This was truly beneficial mainly because I was able to speak to the program staff and they were really helpful and gave me the most accurate insight into what the course was going to be like and what I should expect. They answered all my questions and I was also able to speak to a current student who gave really good advice both in terms of course and accommodation.
I would certainly recommend this as it is a great opportunity to see the campus, meet the staff and know first hand what to expect.
Share with us a handy hint or trick which makes campus life that much easier!
Learn to prioritise and make sure you are making use of the one year you have in the course because time flies and you don’t want to regret not exploring such a beautiful city like London.