Programme: Business Strategy & Consulting 2018
Nationality: UK, British
University and subject studying: Lancaster University Bsc (Hons) Business Studies
Tell us what your greatest academic, professional or personal awards/achievements have been.
My greatest achievements consist of pursuing opportunities from the norm, one of which I’m proud to hold is known as the Lancaster Award, an award attained from Lancaster University. The award is given for taking part in extra-curricular activities such as a wealth of exposure to volunteering opportunities, undertaking an internship in Hong Kong and working as an ambassador for the Management School. It was more than the award itself that I am proud of but rather the combination of activities needed to attain this award. This has enhanced my personal development in enhancing and developing new lifelong skills such as being much more independent with confidence which supplements both team working and interpersonal skills. I believe that these skills are not only imperative to thrive in the growing job market but also within a day-to-day basis.
Why did you decide to study your Summer School course and why specifically did you choose to study with Imperial College Business School?
As a recent graduate, I wanted to supplement my Business Studies degree straight after to have a much stronger understanding in consultancy as this wasn’t something I’ve studied in my degree. And given the strong reputation of Imperial College, I was determined to study in this institution, not only to have an extra edge in the job market but also to further enhance my self-development to greater heights.
What makes your Summer School unique?
Experiencing London life with students from around the world in a prestigious highly ranked university whilst sharing our background amongst us, from culture to what we study and to what career ambitions we have in mind.
What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless structure of the programme with materials from class lectures connecting to the workshop for practical use of taught concepts and methods in addition to mixing with an international crowd that brings in multiple perspectives to these discussions in class.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
The most challenging part of the whole module comes from constructing the group project assignment whilst also preparing for the final exam to come straight after. This required a vast amount of commitment in terms of multitasking, keeping up to date with group meetings, assigned deadlines and roles within the group and learning and grasping the concepts of Business Strategy and Consultancy.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work, what inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
What inspired me was the nature of building a strong relationship with peers from all kinds of backgrounds which proved to be a challenge yet dynamic in achieving the final result. I believe this further developed my team working abilities which t can support my future endeavours in the working world.
How would you describe your Summer School class?
Extremely diverse and multicultural, seeing different behaviours and the liveliness from the students. I would say the overall class are like-minded and passionate, providing a sense of a strong community.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
I found the Boat Party to be the most fun-filled and enjoyable activity that Imperial College provides for their students. It consisted of networking whilst also having an entertaining night dancing along the River Thames.
What has been the greatest opportunity during your summer at Imperial that you don’t think you would get anywhere else?
To be listening and engaging with successful leaders and individuals during the workshops such as Jan Mühlfeit, a former Chairman of Microsoft Europe and to take in valuable advices that would further enhance my career goals.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help/has helped?
I strive to become a well-rounded individual, aiming to becoming a consultant in the near future whilst also trying to expand my existing knowledge through not only academic knowledge but understanding cultures and backgrounds from others and I believe wholeheartedly that Imperial has proven to develop my understanding in consultancy throughout the programme, supporting my overall future career and individual goals.
Whereabouts did you stay in London and why did you choose to stay there?
I choose to stay in Woodward Building in North Acton as it was the most modern and latest accommodation that Imperial College offers to their students. It provided state of the art hospitality such as ensuite rooms and a social games room that students can interact with each other through a game of pool and table tennis.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
Although not enough to fully enjoy London in all its glory, it provides just enough to get a taste of what is out there within the capital city. Whether it is planned activities such as a relaxed meal out on the other side of London or a spontaneous gathering in a jam-packed nightclub, there are always activities suited for everyone.
In your opinion, tell us about the most exciting thing you’ve done in London.
This would be exploring London in depth with others such as visiting the Shard by London Bridge and sharing the experience. This can include trying out different types of cuisines, partaking in activities such as ice skating and capturing breath-taking moments in the process.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about applying for the Summer School?
It is imperative to always consider multiple options when it comes to decision-making and commitment and to determine which is best suited. Will this Summer School provide the tools needed to jump start your career? Will studying a particular programme enhance your already existing knowledge? Thinking of all these in advance will assist you to come towards a firm choice and prepare you for a brilliant future.
Share with us a handy hint or trick that made settling into Summer School that much easier!
A common yet strong piece of advice is to put yourself out there in front of others, to meet and to build friendships and relations with everyone, from students to academics and even to guest speakers. This makes the programme even more fulfilling than it already is.