Sufjan Doula was an MSc Management class of 2016 student. After graduating from Imperial College Business School, Sufjan accepted a role as Project Manager of Integrated & Strategic Planning in Prague, Skoda Auto.

Studying MSc Management

Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Having studied Law and Engineering before, I realised I was very interested in the business aspects of both fields. Hence, I wanted to find a programme that would bridge these two different subjects and provide me with a wide variety of business knowledge.

As I am very interested in technology, Imperial College London was choice number one for me, due to its strong link to engineering and technology and digital mind-set.

What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School?
I believe the most important skill I gained from my time at the School was how to manage diverse teams, full of interesting people with different backgrounds, interests, faiths, social status and ensure a successful delivery. Also my presentation skills developed extensively. These are all skills that I am currently using in my everyday work.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
I believe the MSc Management at the Business School is an excellent way to round off your education and boost your career. If you are looking to get a good overview about a large variety of different business disciplines and current topics shaping the business world, the programme is definitely excellent for you.

What was the most surprising thing about the programme?
Having been part of the Student Staff Committee, I was very positively surprised with how much emphasis is put on the students’ voice and how the senior programme management works hard to put the students’ advice into action. As an example, we launched a cooperation between the College and Mr. Jan Mühlfeit, the former Chariman of Microsoft Europe.

How do you view your experience of studying at Imperial since you left?
It was one of the best years of my life and I met so many unforgettable people, which I am still staying in touch with now.

How did you find living in London?
London was an amazing experience, especially due to the international environment and to the cultural and career opportunities you are exposed to everyday.

How has the programme changed you?
I gained a lot of invaluable soft skills, such as communicating with different cultures, managing team and presenting to senior-positioned people. All this helps me in my current work-life on a daily basis.

Tell us about your current job

How has your programme contributed to your career success?
Due to the programme, I was able to obtain many international opportunities. After working for one year for my dream industry – automotive, I switched to the Boston Consulting Group to learn from other industries and to fast-track my career.

What is your current role like?
Currently, I work as an Associate at the Boston Consulting Work. It is a very dynamic work, where no one day is like the other. I am exposed to many different industries and in the past year I have worked for banking, automotive and retail companies. As we work for global companies, my current role involves a lot of travelling.

What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I mostly enjoy the exposure that you get from day one of being on-board. You are working with a team of motivated BCGers and are working together with executives, that before you had only read about in Forbes!

What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?
I led a meeting with an executive at an international retail company after only three weeks with the company.

Alumni community

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
It is very important for me, as I would like to pass on my experience and support the new students. I owe to the Business School a lot.

What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?
Obviously, my fellow alumni network is a very strong asset, working in interesting positions over the whole world. The most important, however, is that they are great people who have a special personal meaning for me.

Role
MSc Management
Nationality
Czech Republic
Undergraduate education :

Law and Jurisprudence, Magister Iuris, Charles University Prague, Robotics & Cybernetics, B.Eng. Czech Technical University and University of Adelaide, Exchange Studies

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz-Cars, Quality Management, Internship, Stuttgart

Job after studying at Imperial College Business School :

Project Manager of Integrated & Strategic Planning in Prague, Skoda Auto