The Summer School experience
Why did you decide to study your Summer School course and why did you choose to study with Imperial College Business School?
My interest in business together with my passion for my studies have made me consider a career in consulting. Considering that my engineering studies do not have enough subjects related to this world, I considered it necessary to expand my knowledge by studying a business strategy course. After doing an extensive search for these kind of courses, I chose the Summer School at Imperial because it combined the topics that better fitted to my needs with the best quality and prestige as an institution.
What made your Summer School experience unique?
This Summer School has fulfilled all the professional goals I was looking for without giving up meeting people and having fun.
Which aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
The teachers of the course felt passionate about what they taught. In addition, it was great to see in a practical way the concepts of the lectures in the workshops through study cases and talks given by professionals.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
The course has a group assignment in which we had to present our group project in front of the two teachers and the manager of Siemens. The pressure of the presentation and answering the questions of the teachers and the manager was a great challenge I am proud to have overcome.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work. What inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
The fact of working with people from all over the world with different cultures and opinions is a challenge and an opportunity itself.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
I went to the School of Rock musical and I enjoyed it very much. I strongly recommend people to see it.
A wealth of opportunities
What has been the greatest opportunity during your summer at Imperial that you don’t think you would get anywhere else?
In the course we had several workshops in which we saw, in a practical way, the concepts acquired during the classes. Some of those workshops were given by leading professionals of the sector, such as Jan Mühlfeit, former Chairman Europe of the Microsoft Corporation. Listening and meeting these professionals has been a unique opportunity.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help you achieve these?
This course helped me to confirm my interest in consulting, a professional field in which I want to continue my career. In addition, it has provided me solid skills and knowledge about consulting.
Living in London
Where did you stay in London?
I stayed in a flat in central London. I chose this option because it was the cheapest option that was well located and had its own kitchen and own bathroom.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
You have time enough to do everything you want plus study. You can go shopping, visit tourist attractions or even travel to visit other cities on weekends.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in London?
From all the experiences I had in London I would choose the boat party. It is a trip down the River Thames organised by Imperial where you have the opportunity to see London from another perspective and to meet many people of the other Summer School courses.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the Summer School?
If you are looking to expand your curriculum, improve your working skills and meet new people without giving up a great summer, you should apply.
Share with us a handy hint or trick that made settling into Summer School that much easier!
Don’t be shy! Try to speak to everyone on the course, they will help you with everything you need and you will probably become good friends.