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.
The autumn term will finish in less than 1 month, and we have already submitted four projects out of six. Last week was really stressful. Deadlines were coming just one after another and it was not easy to manage everything in the same time, but ultimately we performed well. It seems that everyone enjoyed our last Old Spice presentation for Branding course. Yeah, it is really perfect branding strategy, and the company not only changed brand perception from old fashion to trendy one, but also doubled their sales. Just if you are interesting, our presentation is available for downloading.
Team working brings lots of benefits and really matters!
Okay, so its week 7! Arghhh..what have I done with the last six weeks?! With exams approaching in week 10, and lectures not finishing till the end of week 9, revision has become a top priority.
The key to succeeding at Imperial is time management. Having become accustomed to leaving revision until the Easter holidays in preparation for summer exams both at Warwick and at school, it came as a bit of a shock when the programme director told us we would be examined before the Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks. I have found that making notes on lectures every week and actually doing the background reading before lectures has been a great way to stay on top of things and to build understanding every week, rather than cramming in the last few weeks of term.
I’ll be honest, the best part about being enrolled on the second year running of the Strategic Marketing course has the benefit of what I like to call the Alumni Legacy, which was presented to us in the form of a ‘Where’s my distinction, man?!’ session by two gloriously experienced students from last year.
Often, in the first few weeks of your degree programme, you find yourself slowly wheeling off the edge of sanity, trying to balance yourself on the mounds of coursework, exams (approaching sooner than I can count to January), exploring London and spending time with your chums. Everyone has a load of random friends from the past scattered about the big smoke, and everyone definitely has a load of friends who suddenly decide it’s the perfect time to visit.
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.