What work experience/internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?
Before starting the MSc Management programme, I had completed two summer internships in the R&D departments at DesignPlus Health & Beauty and Astrazeneca, as well as a work experience at the KPMG London offices within the Financial Management department.
Why did you decide to study an MSc Management at Imperial College Business School after completing your undergraduate studies at Imperial?
After realising that I did not want to pursue a PhD and work in academia, I wanted to branch out and learn about new and exciting subjects which were more relevant to the career path I could see myself taking. MSc Management proposed a variety of modules and electives tailored to students coming from all kinds of backgrounds and, as such, felt like the perfect fit for me. I choose Imperial College over other London based programmes as it is a highly-ranked programme, and I had loved the time I had spent studying here during my undergraduate degree in Chemistry.
Did you receive a scholarship?
I received a scholarship, which not only provided me with more affordable tuition, but also gave me many opportunities to attend events, such as information sessions for prospective students.
What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?
Personally, I preferred the more quantitative electives such as Finance (Spring term) and Business Analytics (Summer term elective), as they enabled me to apply some of my analytical skills and technical knowledge to a business setting.
I also enjoyed having the opportunity to travel. Although I did not sign up to study for a semester abroad, the entire cohort was presented with the opportunity to travel to either Lisbon or Prague for a few days. This gave us the chance to spend time together and build relationships as well as learn about the cities.
Which has been your favourite module so far and why?
Business Analytics. The programme content matched most closely with what I can see myself doing in my future career. It enabled me to apply mathematical concepts that I was familiar with to unfamiliar situations and build conclusions and recommendations from these. The module was structured in a very interactive way and the lecturer was very passionate and engaging.
What has been the most challenging part of the programme?
Working in syndicate teams was definitely challenging at times. This experience taught me how best to manage my time and build strong working relationships with many different kinds of people. It also taught me how best to handle a situation and adjust my expectations as a project progress.
Balancing job applications with revision, course work and other commitments during the first term was also a challenge. Having said this, everyone else was going through the same process which created a very supportive and collaborative atmosphere.
How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?
Big, sociable and diverse.
Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?
Dr Wolfram Wiesemann (Business Analytics) and Dr Angie Andrikogiannopoulou (Finance). Both of these lecturers taught the programme material very clearly, demonstrated a strong passion for the subject, and were always keen to go into more depth for those that wanted to learn more.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work; what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?
Forging strong relationships with people who I may otherwise never have properly met, and working collaboratively to produce work which draws from every team members’ strengths.
What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial?
Which workshops, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?
The numerous employer recruitment events and career fairs across a variety of sectors, organised by the business school, helped me build my network both within the university and in the corporate world. They also presented me with different perspectives on many industries which helped me formulate a more concrete plan for my future career goals.
In addition the in-class guest lectures, such as the founders of ‘The Thinking Traveller’, were always interesting as they could provide context which complemented our studies and demonstrated how different theories are actually applied in practice.
What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?
I held the position of Treasurer and Secretary of the Imperial College Women in Business Society. Through this leadership position, I had the chance to work alongside students from across the whole university in organising events and seeking funding, for example. Moreover, through networking during said Imperial College Women in Business events, I was able to meet and share ideas with like-minded students from both scientific and business-related backgrounds.
What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?
I would like my future career to maintain a focus on the intersection between finance and technology. I would ideally like to have the opportunity to work with data and learn more about analytics and coding as well as the chance to meet with clients. Through my time at Imperial, both in Chemistry and Management, I have developed an analytical mindset and the communication skills which will inevitably help me for years to come.
Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?
I received an internship offer for summer 2018 at Inverewe Capital, London, and a full-time graduate job offer at Bloomberg on the Analytics and Sales Graduate Programme in London.
How did the services from Imperial College Business School Careers help in your professional development/securing employment?
Careers gave me many opportunities to attend different company recruitment events and workshops. The service also gave me access to book appointments with Imperial’s career specialists who gave me insightful careers advice, provided useful feedback on my CV and cover letters, and helped me prepare for interviews and assessment centres.
Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities?
Studying in London is hugely beneficial for career-related opportunities; not only was there a constant stream of recruitment events and career fairs held on the Imperial campus itself, but the university’s proximity to the City and Canary Wharf meant that students could easily sign up to and attend events, office visits and interviews/assessment centres.
For example, when preparing for my interview with Bloomberg, I could easily organise coffee meetings with current and former employees to gain a deeper insight into the company’s culture and build my network in advance.
Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
I lived at home with my family.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time in London? Have you had opportunities to travel?
In London there are many great places to visit. Often in my spare time I will explore different areas, and discover new restaurants.
Looking back to when you were applying for the programme, did you attend any online webinars or on-campus information sessions?
I attended an on campus information session a few months before starting the programme. This event was useful as not only did I meet some of my classmates, but I also learnt about past student experiences through one-to-one discussions and gained a better understanding of what to expect when I started the programme.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?
Be prepared to work in teams with people you don’t know and cooperate and collaborate to get your assignments done. Also be prepared to cover a huge variety of modules in a relatively short period of time, ranging from Finance, Accounting and Business Analytics to Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship.