It’s time for a brief recap of the last two weeks! I don’t even know where to start as time is just running by and the workload is getting even heavier!
Last week, we had to hand in four group assignments: Marketing & Business Strategy Fundamentals, Consumer Behaviour, Technology in Marketing and Branding.
It has been two weeks since I last put pen to paper regarding my thoughts about the course and the lapse in time is solely due to the ‘hecticness’ of the RMFE course. Mid-November has seen work load increase dramatically having approximately 2 coursework’s due every 10 days (with some projects reaching up to 3000 words excluding Excel calculations) however these are generally team projects which helps lighten the pressure. Exams are a mere 3 weeks away and I still haven’t had time to revise yet- definitely worrying times. On a lighter note, Arsenal did thrash Spurs 5-2 over the weekend, so those 90 minutes definitely allowed me to forget my work responsibilities and relax!
Hello~ Very welcome you to my blog~! I am Vincent Gan, a Chinese student who studied Accounting in the United International College for my bachelor degree. It is my first time to study abroad which I believe will be a fantastic year.
Why ESB programme?
Before I came to Imperial College, I learned this course by reading its brochure online. Taught by faculty ranked 4th in the world, I thought this ESB programme would assist me to lay a solid foundation for pursuing a professional career, while also helping me attain a global perspective. Courses, such as “Corporate Strategy” and “Business Economics”, were likely to provide me with a strong footing in both theoretical concepts and practical applications.
We’re a good six weeks into the programme now and I figured I’d share some advice with you. When I arrived at Imperial, I had no clue what the UK labour market was like. I figured it would be quite similar to the one in Holland and did not give it much thought, since I was also trying to complete a maths and accounting primer. Anyway, apparently all major consulting jobs open their applications for 2013 already almost a year in advance. This means that if you want to work for eg. McKinsey in September 2013, you will already have to apply somewhere between September and November 2012.
As you can read on the other posts, yes, we’re halfway the first term! It’s been busy, very busy, but challenging and motivating too. We started with Accounting, Health Informatics and Marketing. Accounting is probably the toughest subject for those who, like me, have never studied anything related to economics or finance. But, even if you have to work hard to be up to date, the teaching system is well designed so that at the end of the course you feel that you have really made the most of it.
So we’ve worked a lot! Individually but also in syndicate groups.
After spending the entire (and I mean ENTIRE) night with my syndicate team to complete an assignment for our accounting class, I’m probably a little too tired to be writing anything coherent right now – but the fact that I’m actually free at the moment makes me feel like I MUST write!! I’ve got to introduce you to the people I spend an unreasonable amount of time with to achieve…*ahem*…. great things for the future!! You will see.
In the MSc programme, each student is assigned to a “syndicate team” (decided by the school), a group of people you work with on all assignments (except, perhaps a couple) throughout the semester.
Monday was pretty eventful as far as Mondays go, despite the 6am start to prepare for my group presentation on the Consumer Behaviour module, which, to our great pleasure, got excellent feedback. The presentation was based on a research experiment conducted within our cohort two weeks ago, and my group’s topic of choice was ‘The Influence of Gender Identity in Purchase Decision-Making’. Gender was probably the most interesting component of my Sociology A-level, followed closely by Class, so I thoroughly enjoyed designing the experiment and then evaluating the findings within a marketing context. I think it really stood out from the standard taste test related studies this level of research tends to drift towards.
Hi guys. Just post to introduce myself shortly. My name is Igor, originally I’m from Ukraine, but also spent some time living in Siberia, Russia. Yeah, it’s really pretty cold there, but bears are not walking at streets.
Before coming to Imperial I was working on one of the biggest Ukrainian TV-Channels as Head of New Media Division. You may have already guessed, that I’m one of those guys, who are mad about all this new technologies and their implementation in marketing. I also was involved in ‘digital life’ of such companies as Samsung, Sony Ericsson (before they became just Sony) and different local Ukrainian retail and FMCG brands, working at Tzifir digital agency and O2PR agency.
I am VERY busy right now working on our group assignments each single day… But I’d like to share with you this little picture I took some days ago on my way home after college:
As far as introductions go, my name’s Muniba (known by most as Mia), and as per my Twitter tagline (yep, straight into the social media like a true Marketer), I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. No word of a lie. Born and brought up in Pakistan, I moved to the UK back in 2007 for my undergraduate degree in Business Management and Marketing at Cardiff University, followed by two years of the 9-5 in Copywriting and SEO at an internet marketing company, marketing and media campaigns for a tennis club as part of the Lawn Tennis Association, and most recently, I was working on property projects at the law giant Eversheds LLP in the renewable energy and equity release sector.