23 hours of flight time, four inflight movies, two Bloody Marys, and five questionably edible economy class meals is what it takes to get from Middle Earth to the Old Smoke. Me being excited about getting off the plane as we land on the Heathrow runway is probably an understatement. Not only was my back sore, but I was beginning to think that my seat had permanently contorted the shape of my backside.
I quickly make my way through customs and out of the airport. As I walked around like a headless chicken looking for anything that marginally resembled a shuttle or taxi, I had my first opportunity to soak in the atmosphere.
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.
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.
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:
The fire alarm went off in the library this morning, meaning we all had to leave the building and wait outside until the situation was resolved. It is incredible how many people are already at the Imperial library around 11am as you can see on the pictures.