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Lloyd Rayner

Programme
Weekend MBA
Nationality
British
Job after graduation
Head of Marketing Outbound Programs - Demand Generation, Google
Year of graduation
2021
Lloyd Rayner Weekend MBA 2020-21
Lloyd Rayner, Weekend MBA
“The most rewarding part of the programme has been all the extra opportunities it opens up. As with everything, the more you put in the more you get out and I have found Imperial and its students are incredibly willing to help, get involved and share knowledge. ”

About you

Career background

My background is in data and analytics, starting my career at British Gas Centrica and then Virgin Media. I then did a short period in consulting, which was a great experience, before moving to my current position as Program Manager at Google.

Motivations for applying for the Weekend MBA

I applied for the Imperial Weekend MBA programme as I felt my career was at a crossroads. My background is in corporate, but my heart desired something more entrepreneurial. Given Imperial College has a strong entrepreneurial culture and programme structure, I joined the Weekend MBA to help me better understand this landscape and quantify what would be required if I were to make a career change, at the same time widening my skillset. My views on personal development are that you should get as broad and diverse a skill set as possible, which allows you to take advantage of cross-domain synergies.

I was also drawn by Imperial’s strong alignment with technology. I believe the future of business includes strong ties to technology and this for me was where Imperial differentiated over other universities. The positioning between the three cornerstones of technology, entrepreneurship and business is a unique space that Imperial fills well.

"The positioning between the three cornerstones of technology, entrepreneurship and business is a unique space that Imperial fills well."

The programme

Innovation and entrepreneurship on the programme

I took a lot of value from the final lecture in our Innovation & Entrepreneurship module. The lecturer arranged for us to speak to a panel of founders and VC’s, the information they shared about their experiences was invaluable. Within the same module, we also had to interview a founder, with the aim of understanding their journey and learning from their successes and failures. I interviewed the founder of a vertical farming startup, Harvest London, and it was really refreshing hearing about how he started the business. I found that hearing the journey of others makes the execution of a startup become a lot more tangible.

Corporate Finance brought to life

Corporate Finance has been my favourite module, I spent years listening to Bloomberg not understanding what they were talking about. Now it all makes sense. Our lecturers are incredibly knowledgeable, with real-world experience they really bring the topic to life.

The importance of creating a schedule

I think it helps that Google is incredibly supportive when it comes to studying. I find it works best to schedule study time each day in my calendar between 6:00pm-9:30pm to make sure I can get away from work and spend some time on university work. Exam time can get a bit busy so taking a few days off work before an exam to study really helps.

Key takeaways from the programme so far

1) Anything is possible if you work hard enough
2) Entrepreneurs aren’t superheroes, they are normal people who had a bold goal and the drive to pursue it

Putting the Weekend MBA into action

I joined the Weekend MBA programme to develop a new skill set and network with people I wouldn’t usually cross paths with at work. Post MBA I plan to put these new skills into action.

What is the most rewarding part of the programme?

The most rewarding part of the programme has been all the extra opportunities it opens up. As with everything, the more you put in the more you get out and I have found Imperial and its students are incredibly willing to help, get involved and share knowledge. My cohort is incredibly diverse, across all facets of diversity, which really helps our learning.

Tips

Advice for future Weekend MBA students

Be prepared to immerse yourself. As with anything, the more you put in, the more you get out. Know what you want to get out of the MBA and commit fully to ensure that it is realised. There are people in the programme looking for a promotion, to start a business or to pivot their career. My experience has been that those who know what they want are the ones who achieve it.

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