Damien made the decision to come to the Business School after completing a BSc Aerospace Engineering at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (2013 – 2015). As an engineer he decided that what was lacking was knowledge about how organisations and business work and decided on a MSc in Management to broaden his profile.
Academic and industry experience before Imperial
What was your academic experience before coming to Imperial College Business School?
Between 2011 – 2013 I completed ‘Classe Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles’ – a two-year intensive programme in mathematics and physics leading to the nationwide entrance examination into French Grandes Ecoles, a top engineering school. I then completed my BSc Aerospace Engineering at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace.
As an engineer, I felt I lacked knowledge about how an organisation works, I missed the broader view of a project and I wanted to broaden my profile. I really wanted to be able to understand every aspects of a business such as marketing, finance, and strategy. I felt an engineering background with high-level business knowledge would open doors and allow me to meet new challenges. Thanks to its great variety of subjects, the MSc Management at Imperial College Business School allowed me to acquire skills in all business disciplines.
Studying MSc Management
Why did you decide to study MSc Management?
The MSc Management is a broad-based programme. It opens doors in a very large spectrum of sectors and jobs, and is perfectly suited to someone interested in strategy/management consulting. It can also help people to find their path thanks to an efficient Career and Professional Development Team and interesting conferences / company presentations.
My typical day at the Business School generally started with a lecture. Many optional support classes followed the lectures and lots of time was allocated for team work. Almost every module in the programme included a team project. We would gather in the Business School café or elsewhere and brainstorm about our assignments. Then we would have time either for sport activities, student clubs, conferences or company presentations followed by networking.
Life as a student in London
London is a great city, very pleasant to live in. Warm people, many activities, many places to visit, nice museums, nice bars and clubs, nice parks.
Your current job
What do you most enjoy about your work and what are the main challenges you face?
I have found a job that requires skills in both engineering and management which perfectly suits my fields of studies. The main challenge I face in my work might be working within a team under tight time constraints. The MSc Management has taught to me how to work efficiently within a team and to be organised in my work.