“I figured an MBA would allow me to develop business knowledge foundations, raise my profile within powerful business networks and ultimately offer me the chance to explore new opportunities, while strengthening my professional skillset.”
The first step on my entrepreneurial journey
After working for several years in engineering roles in both large corporations and SMEs I realised that I wanted to build and exercise a new commercial mindset to complement my technical know-how. I figured an MBA would allow me to develop business knowledge foundations, raise my profile within powerful business networks and ultimately offer me the chance to explore new opportunities, while strengthening my professional skillset.
I initially wanted to study abroad for the life experience and to expand my network. However, I quickly realised that I would be able to better complement my current network and leverage other opportunities if I studied my MBA in the UK. I also had a keen interest in entrepreneurship and building a tech venture around my engineering know-how; Imperial was a clear winner with its fantastic hub of entrepreneurial activity and globally recognised scientific research facilities.
Winning my scholarship
I was incredibly fortunate to win the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Award along with fellow Imperial classmate Ahmad Khattab. For me to be able to commit to doing an MBA, it was imperative that I win this scholarship, as it has alleviated any financial pressure.
My programme benefits from unique institutions and supportive peers
From an entrepreneurial perspective, Imperial’s Full-Time MBA is unique because of its strong connections to Imperial College London and neighbouring institutes like the Royal College of Art. Additionally, its active entrepreneurial community present a unique opportunity to build both a strong network and a startup team. There is a range of talent and skill from all over the world that any other MBA provider would struggle to match. The MBA cohort is so diverse, coming from all walks of life and from all over the globe and it has been great to learn, work and socialise with my colleagues. Everyone is incredibly supportive! The people that you meet and the great relationships you develop has to be one of the most rewarding parts of the programme.
"The people that you meet and the great relationships you develop has to be one of the most rewarding parts of the programme."
Applying my learnings to my business ideas
Although it has only just started for me, the Entrepreneurial Journey is my favourite module. It neatly follows on from all of the business fundamental modules and gives you time and space to work with a team from a range of campuses to develop an idea and pitch it to investors. Being able to utilise the knowledge and skills you have learned to develop your business ideas with great new colleagues is exciting.
Realising my startup dream
My goal is to achieve my first fundraising round for my startup venture by the end of my MBA journey. The Business School and the Enterprise Lab have been incredibly supportive so far on my endeavours. From the Business School perspective, my careers consultant is a great personal mentor in encouraging me, making great suggestions, challenging my decisions and sense checking my MBA plan. The Imperial Enterprise Lab Discovery Fund programme, which I have been fortunate to be a part of, has helped with regards to customer discovery and business modelling. Other services they offer include ‘Experts in Residence” and ‘Pitch and Mixes’. These have greatly expanded my network, helped me to form a team and offered me great advice and wisdom.
Sources of advice if you want to study an MBA
Do your research, speak to as many people as you can and identify your goal (however big or ridiculous you think it may be). The Imperial recruitment team provides personal consultations and are happy to listen to each individual’s needs. Imperial’s alumni community are also very supportive and were approachable when I was applying to Imperial. These conversations were pivotal in helping me to understand whether Imperial was a good fit for me and to define my career goals.
Imperial’s MBA Career Week
MBA Career Week supports Full-Time MBA students in transitioning from career planning to strategy implementation, offering career coaching and networking opportunities with company representatives, sector experts and alumni.
Discussing business and technology at 10 Downing Street
Noelle Robbins, Full-Time MBA student shares her experience attending Number 10 Downing Street with her fellow MBA peers.
Full-Time MBA students practise pitching to the Royal College of Music’s Performance Laboratory
As part of the Full-Time MBA programme, our students had the opportunity to put their pitching skills to practise, in front of the Royal College of Music’s Performance Laboratory.
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