Sylke Grootoonk
Current position: Senior Director, Digital Healthcare at IXICO

Why did you choose to study the Weekend Executive MBA programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I was keen to choose an MBA programme that combines a broad choice of current topics with an innovative approach to delivering learning outcomes, where all courses are delivered by first-class lecturers in my chosen fields and which offers plenty of networking opportunities with other successful professionals. A flexible part-time course structure, a great location in Central London and a friendly atmosphere were other prerequisites. Imperial College Business School ticked all those boxes.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

A key insight for me was that no matter what my next professional challenge might entail, I can now swiftly resource myself to take it on without hesitation. Whether by reviewing course materials, tapping into my extended network, undertaking some research – there’s always a way to progress now. I’ve certainly gained confidence in my own capabilities and in my ability to draw on a much broader set of resources.

How has the Business School helped develop your career?

Soon after graduating I was offered a dream role in strategic development in healthcare. It’s a varied and interesting role that combines many aspects of my previous experience and really stretches me. I draw on the skills and tools from my MBA programme on a daily basis.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?

I benefited hugely from taking up the executive coaching programme which is offered by the Career and Professional Development Services Team. I had acquired varied and broad experience in my career and I felt very committed to my field, but was unsure which route to pursue next. Having a dedicated coach during the first year of my Executive MBA really helped me to clarify my career goals. I was then able to devise an approach to meet my objective of securing a really creative and high-impact role.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

I’ve made some great friendships during my time at the Business School. There’s a very active social network, and there’s always an alumni event or two scheduled in the calendar. I’m always amazed at how many people come together, given some of our busy schedules and overseas locations! That’s a testament to the strength and value of the professional network and friendships that are formed on the Weekend Executive MBA programme.

Weekend Executive MBA 2010, VP Programme Management at IXICO plc
Undergraduate education :

BSc Physics, Imperial College London; MSc Medical Physics, University of Surrey; Collaborative PhD in Medical Physics, University of Surrey, Medical Research Council and Hammersmith Hospital

Job prior to Imperial College Business School :

Head of Marketing, Alliance Medical Ltd

Employment after studying at the Business School :

Head of Strategic Development, InHealth Group