Maryna Omelchenko

Maryna Omelchenko

Academic and industry experience before Imperial

What work experience/internships (if any) did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School?

Prior to starting the programme I had completed a Summer internship at Accenture, Institute of High Performance as an Analyst and also co-founded a start-up Company, Virtual Collaboration, Ltd.

 Why did you decide to study an MSc in Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I chose the MSc in Management because of its wide breadth of business topics that would help me develop theoretical and practical skills in business. I chose Imperial College Business School because of its world-class ranking, the quality of its staff and student body, and the variety of corporate and entrepreneurial opportunities available.


Studying MSc Management

What makes the MSc Management at Imperial College Business School unique?

The MSc Management programme at Imperial has the perfect balance between academic, professional and social opportunities. The programme offers a great student experience, while providing countless resources and opportunities to help students achieve their professional ambitions.

What aspects of the programme do you most enjoy, and find most rewarding?

I really enjoyed the summer modules, including the International Study Tour to Vietnam and the exchange study programmes in partnership with leading Universities (in my case, the Bocconi course at UCLA).

What has been the most challenging part of the programme?

The most challenging part of the programme was balancing job applications with coursework and exams. However, the Career Service team helped me throughout every stage of the recruitment process, which made my job applications much easier to handle!

Which has been your favourite module so far and why?

My favourite core module was Strategic Management with Dr Ian Mackenzie. This course was delivered in a very engaging and inspiring way through a variety of case studies and in-class discussions, which allowed me to get deep insight into business and corporate strategy in many sectors. The professor was very effective at sharing his unique approach to strategy based on his impressive professional background.

Did you attend an international trip? If so, which trips did you attend and how have they been beneficial to you?

I attended the International Study Tour to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). This trip gave me insights into the rising business opportunities in South East Asia, and also gave me valuable exposure to several multinational firms and start-ups.


Guest speakers

Which seminars, events or guest lectures at the school have been useful in developing your skills and knowledge?

All the recruitment talks that I attended were very helpful. It allowed to me meet current employees and receive advice to improve my applications. It also gave me a strategic advantage with my application process as I was able to meet employers and even make personal connections within the companies.


The Faculty

Did you have a favourite professor/lecturer and why?

My favourite professor is Dr Ian Mackenzie, the professor of Strategic Management. The professor was very engaging and inspiring, and he was able to share his previous experiences as a consultant with BCG and as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School.

Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what did you like the most about working in this type of environment?

I have gained both “hard and soft skills” by working in diverse groups, which include business skills, technical abilities, and new experiences that have shaped my learning experience at Imperial.


Your Cohort

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial?

The cohort is very diverse, everyone comes from a different background and has an interesting life experience or story to share. I have learned a lot from the students at Imperial!


Extracurricular activities

What clubs, societies or other activities have you been involved in at Imperial?

I have been involved in the TEDx Society at Imperial, and have had the chance to organize the TEDxImperial 2017 event. I have also been part of the Imperial Consulting club, which has given me incredible support and assistance in my job application process!


Opportunities from studying at Imperial

What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldnt get anywhere else?

Imperial’s world-class reputation enables it to have strong relationships with some of the most prestigious companies and start-ups in the world. Attending Imperial has allowed me to connect with these companies and to stand out in the job market with the Imperial brand name.

How have you benefited from being part of the wider Imperial College London community?

I have benefited by joining university-wide societies, such as the TEDx Society, which allowed me to organize the TEDxImperial 2017 event. This experience allowed me to develop new skills, to collaborate with students outside of the business school, and to network with leading professionals and business leaders in a variety of fields.


Career goals and jobs

How have you benefited from the services provided by the Career and Professional Development Service?

The Career Service helped me throughout my job application process, from career advice before the start of the programme, to training and coaching with applications, interviews and assessment centres.

What are your future career goals and how have they been realised since being at Imperial?

My short-term career goal is to work in strategy consulting to benefit from a steep learning curve and to get diverse experience in various sectors and markets. Since joining the programme, I was able to get several offers with leading consulting firms in London, and to gain relevant skills and training in a range of business fields. I have accepted an offer with Parthenon-EY in strategy consulting, and I look forward to gaining the skills and network that will bring me closer to my long-term career goal: to set up a consulting business focused on developing the education sector in LEDCs.

Have you received any job offers since commencing your programme?

I received three job offers for graduate analyst positions at leading consulting firms in London: Parthenon-EY, KPMG and Accenture. I have accepted the Associate position at Parthenon-EY for September 2017. This position appeals to me the most as I will be working in strategy consulting and private equity, and I will get exposure to a wide range of industries and projects, while being able to specialize in my areas of interest – the education sector! I will also get the chance to interact with C-suite executives and to collaborate with leading professionals in their respective fields.

I was able to secure those job offers with the help of the Careers Services at Imperial College Business School and by getting exposure to a variety of networking and training opportunities provided by Imperial, including the company presentations, career fairs, employer events, Consulting Club training and so on!


Life as a student in London

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.

London is a great place to study and to start a career. The city offers a vast number of opportunities to network and connect with leading companies and start-ups. It provides students with countless employer events, competitions, entrepreneurial opportunities and much more!

Where do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?

I live in South Kensington, which is a great location for student life: it is 10min away from the campus, and it is close to many cultural and historical landmarks in London (V&A, Natural History Museum), while also providing great entertainment.

What can a weekend in London look like for an MSc student?

Bike ride in Hyde Park, lunch by the Canal in Little Venice, shopping in a funky market (Borough market, Bricklane market, Camden market), drinks in a historic pub in Notting Hill or on a rooftop bar with a panoramic view of the city, late night out in Shoreditch!

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?

One of the biggest challenges for me was trying to make the most of the student experience while completing job applications and coursework. It is important to find the right balance between academic, professional and social experiences in order to make this year memorable and useful for the future!


Advice for future students

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the programme?

Talk to alumni and current students to learn from their unique experiences; and reach out to the staff at Imperial College Business School for support and advice!

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 on-campus information sessions and I definitely recommend those events as they give valuable insights into the programme and support for the application process.



MSc Management 2016-17

Nationality: Ukrainian

Undergraduate education: BSc Architecture at UCL

Job after Imperial College Business School: Associate in Strategy Consulting at Parthenon-EY (London)

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