BA (Hons) International Economics, Vassar College, New York
Marketing and Operations Manager, Campden Publishing
Business Improvement Consultant, British Telecom
Why did you choose to study the Full time MBA and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Business is a multi-disciplinary field and I wanted a comprehensive overview to make more of an impact in my career. I chose Imperial College Business School for my MBA because I wanted a one-year intensive programme with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. The allure of living in London and studying at one of the world’s most important universities made the Business School an obvious choice.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School? / What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?
As a break from our highly quantitative work in the first semester, we opted to present a case study using the format of a daytime chat show, The Jerry Springer Show. Marrying a business case study with controversial TV was a stretch, but during that process, we learned loads, created a memorable experience for our class and we received the highest grade that year. Even people who had never seen the show remember the case study.
I miss the diversity – of backgrounds, education, experience and nationalities. I will never have the chance to negotiate between a Panamanian banker and a British engineer in the morning, study with an Australian optometrist and Belgian entrepreneur in the afternoon and then revise economics (again) with an MOD official. I learned just as much from colleagues on the programme as I did in the classroom.
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
Quite literally, my previous career had been all over the place. I had previously worked in a financial services start-up and then in various marketing roles across three continents. I sort of fell into marketing and although I really enjoyed it, I felt like I was becoming too specialised at an early age. I wanted to understand other aspects of business (even accounting) so the MBA was the most effective way to do so. In my first role after the MBA, I changed both sector and role and it was a huge cultural challenge to work for one of the largest corporations in the UK. I would never have been considered for that position had it not been for Imperial College Business School. Subsequently, I have changed my role and sector several times, recently moving to Europe for a global role to shape the transformation of one of the largest shipping companies in the world.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
Initially, they prepared me well for a tough job market and provided extensive training and development. They gave me the support and confidence when I needed it. Their offering includes relevant coaching and skills building that I would love to take advantage of if I had the time. However, it is a great assurance to know that resources are available should I need them.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
I attend as many alumni events in London as possible and have an informal network that meets up on a regular basis.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? / What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?
My Imperial MBA gave me so much more than I expected so I am happy to assist others where I can. I find it fascinating to learn about the experience of other alumni, what they studied, how their degrees have changed their careers and where they are heading. We have a shared experience of studying at Imperial College Business School and a desire to make a difference in our fields, so there is always lots to share.