Programme: MSc Management
Education: Civil Engineering, Lebanese American University
What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
I undertook a couple of internships related to the construction and project management industry in order to complement my Civil Engineering degree. However, I discovered a passion for business I did not know I had, and that was through my participation as a student consultant at the 180 Degrees Consulting Club, where I got the chance to work hands-on with a maritime biodiversity NGO and devise a financial, human-capital, and marketing strategy for them.
Why did you decide to study MSc Management at Imperial College Business School?
I very much enjoyed studying engineering, and I am unable to deny its contribution to my problem-solving and critical thinking skills, but simply put, I did not see myself working in that field. I wanted to shift my focus to the business-world, and based on my research, I found that the best way to do so is by pursuing a Master’s in Management. Why Imperial? Based on the research I did and the alumni I spoke to before enrolling on the programme, everyone agreed that the faculty is top notch, the cohort is very diverse, the employment opportunities upon graduation are endless, and the programme is very well tailored and suitable for a kick-start to your career.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
I’d say the Marketing Decisions module offered by Dr Stijn Maesen. His class was so exciting, dynamic, and innovative. It involved a lot of group work and left room for a lot of creativity. The requirement of the module was to launch a new product, present it with your group, and write about it in an individual report. My group and I came up with a sustainable Chanel hoodie in collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; it was one of the most creative and unique projects I have ever worked on.
What has been the most rewarding part of the programme?
The fact that the programme, the Business School, and the College are very well renowned is the most rewarding part so far. Because of the latter, you will have the opportunity to network and speak to very established people. On a Monday, you’ll have a senior McKinsey partner as a guest-lecturer, on a Tuesday you’ll have a career fair with top tech firms in the industry, on a Wednesday you’ll get to hear about the challenges the fashion industry has been facing from the CEO of Tory Burch… and the list goes on.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
The cohort is incredibly diverse and everyone is so interesting. Imagine a group of 190 people, representing 46 nationalities, under one roof. In addition to the beautiful cultural differences, I was surprised to see the different occupations represented in class; we’ve got engineers, photographers, economists, English literature graduates etc. In a nutshell, everyone on the programme is unique and smart in their own way, leaving room for you to grow and expand your network.
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
Simply put, each event or workshop at the School has been mind-opening and has filled my gap of knowledge of a specific topic. If I were to choose one, I’d say the networking events and the career fairs were the most beneficial. I got the chance to network with Imperial alumni who were in my position just a few years back, and it was nice to see how successful they have become.
Have you had opportunities to work/socialise with students across programmes within the Business School?
Yes, indeed! The Business School Café is a great place to speak to everyone, regardless of what they are specialising in. Additionally, I have made several friends from different programmes thanks to the networking mixers that are organised by the Business School.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I am currently in the process of interviewing with several firms across the consulting industry, as well as the technology industry. Many of my colleagues, however, have already received full-time job offers upon their graduation.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
London is a great place to be in, and it is so easy to network as you will find the most brilliant minds roaming around the city and on campus. Unlike universities in other rural areas, by living in London, you will not only benefit from the Imperial College community, but you will have the opportunity to meet and speak to students from other top-notch universities, as well as employers from top firms, as they are all based in London.
When you’re not studying, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy going out to pubs where I can network and meet people in a cool setting. In the first month of classes, before the academic pressure and dues kicked in, you’d find almost all of the cohort in the Student Union Bar, on the daily, after classes. My classmates are incredibly smart, but they do know how to have some fun!
If you had to move to London for the programme, where did you decide to live?
I have decided to live in Chelsea, around 13 minutes (walking) from Imperial. I dislike commuting on a daily basis, and that is why I chose to live nearby. If I did not mind commuting, I’d probably be living in Shoreditch. It is a very cool, hip, and young area.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Think about how valuable MSc Management would be to your portfolio. From my point of view, it is a great way to launch any career, regardless of what your background is, and there is no better place to do it than at Imperial. Check out the modules offered, look at employment rates upon graduation, have a look at the excellent faculty, and speak to alumni! In a nutshell, just do it. It has been the most unique and rewarding experience of my life, and I am sure you’ll feel the same.