Franchise Business Consultant, BP
How did the MBA help you get to where you are now?
Based in San Francisco, California, I manage 26 retail gas stores for the BP Arco AMPM brand. The MBA was instrumental in providing a platform for me from which to build a strong corporate base and support a massive career change. The MBA gave me real-life experience in developing a business plan, writing an academic paper on social corporate bonds and gaining a wide breadth of knowledge in real life business examples and practices.
To what extent do you use the skills and knowledge you learnt on your MBA?
I use my MBA skills every day in my corporate job and not only can I apply the tangible lessons and skills I learned but also the intangibles such as cultural and industrial nuances.
What advice would you give someone considering pursuing an MBA?
If you have a desire to learn and develop your knowledge and challenge yourself in new ways both academically and socially then an MBA is right for you. An MBA is also a great platform from which to launch either a career change or make a big step forward in your existing career.
How did the unique nature of Imperial, the interdisciplinary focus with other parts of Imperial College, shape your MBA experience?
The reason that I chose Imperial was because I was drawn to the entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary focus the program had. I didn’t want just a standard MBA; I wanted an experience that was unique, applicable and hands on.
What was the most inspiring aspect of your MBA experience?
The people I met and the experience I gained through the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design project element of the course. I also really enjoyed the study tour to China – I think that international exposure it is a crucial part of any MBA in this day and age.