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Ana Wilmer

Programme
MSc Management
Nationality
German
Undergraduate education
BSc Security and Crime Science, UCL
Current role
Crisis Communications Consultant at FTI Consulting
Year of graduation
2022
Ana Wilmer, MSc Management 2021-22, student at Imperial College Business School
Ana Wilmer, MSc Management
“ I decided to pursue Imperial’s MSc Management programme to solidify my managerial skills to advance my career. Specifically, I wanted to build on the knowledge and skills I acquired during my undergraduate and work experience with a postgraduate programme that would allow me to explore new scenarios in which I could implement and transfer those skills.”

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What work experience or internships did you have before beginning with Imperial College Business School? 

Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, I worked as a Risk Analyst for Amazon as part of the Threat Evaluation and Risk Assessment team. I was primarily responsible for the analysis of emerging risks and supporting situational awareness across Amazon EMEA business operations. Before joining Amazon full-time, I was a Loss Prevention intern where I worked on a security and loss prevention policy project. 

In 2019, I interned as a Security Analyst at PROSOL Ingeniería in Madrid, conducting an internal security audit using penetration testing techniques. Lastly, in 2018, I was a cybersecurity intern for ASOS in London. 

Why did you decide to study MSc Management at Imperial College Business School? 

During my Security and Crime Science undergraduate degree, I developed a passion for analysis, problem-solving and data. Following my work experience in risk management, I decided to pursue Imperial’s MSc Management programme to solidify my managerial skills to advance my career. Specifically, I wanted to build on the knowledge and skills I acquired during my undergraduate and work experience with a postgraduate programme that would allow me to explore new scenarios in which I could implement and transfer those skills. I saw the strong focus on collaboration at Imperial College Business School as an opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and learn from them as well.   

Did you receive a scholarship? 

I was a recipient of theImperial Business School Scholarship of Excellence, which significantly helped me fund the MSc Management programme. 

Which has been your favourite module so far and why? 

My favourite module so far has been Organisational Behaviour taught by Dr Esther Canonico Martin in the autumn term. The module is taught in a highly interactive fashion and allowed me to engage with a variety of different organisational behaviour topics that I had not come across in my undergraduate studies. I particularly enjoyed the Everest simulation group exercise which was both a fun and insightful activity into group dynamics and leadership. 

"The module is taught in a highly interactive fashion and allowed me to engage with a variety of different organisational behaviour topics that I had not come across in my undergraduate studies."

How would you describe your cohort at Imperial? 

The cohort at Imperial is funny, ambitious, collaborative, and supportive. 

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

In our Strategic Management module, we had a guest lecture by Jan Petzel, Managing Partner of Eldon Capital, an investment and advisory firm. Petzel spoke about the geopolitical factors that influence investment strategies, a topic that I am greatly interested in. Hearing about the impact of geopolitics from a different perspective further developed my knowledge of risk management in a different context. 

What are your future career goals? 

My future career goals are to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and have a role that challenges me and where I can both learn from others and teach others. I am passionate about the security, risk and tech industry and I wish to apply both qualitative and quantitative skills in my future career. 

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? 

Studying in London has been very beneficial for networking and career opportunities. I received the opportunity to do an internship at ASOS through my undergraduate university. With Imperial’s large alumni network in London, I have been able to receive useful advice on the skills that employers are looking for in the sectors that I am interested in. 

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

My advice to someone who is thinking about applying for the MSc Management programme is to talk to both previous students from this programme and Imperial College Business School alumni in general. They can answer a lot of questions you might have that you may not be able to find answers to elsewhere. I also suggest exploring the different societies and clubs that Imperial has to offer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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