Prior to joining the programme, Natasha founded Sapphire Events, an events company that orchestrated exhibitions for women entrepreneurs. She is now a strategy and operations consultant for KPMG, working predominantly in the oil & gas sector.
Bachelor in Management Studies – majoring in Finance, India; Diploma in Economics, University of London External Programme;
I chose to study on the Masters in Management (MiM) programme because I wanted to expand my exposure to global business further than I could as a graduate based in India. I knew that London Business School would offer me access to career opportunities which were not available to me straight after graduation.
The international network was a big selling point; admission to a global business school network at the age of 22 appealed greatly. When interviewing for my current job, I reached out to the School’s community to help me prepare for the modelling based firstround interview, and was lucky enough to be coached through the process by a student who had recently been recruited into the same company. I was later told that my answer for the Excel modelling interview was better than their own model answer. I credit this to the Management Analysis & Systems course on the MiM.
With the job market so competitive, the support I received from the Career Centre team was extremely advantageous. I was able to improve my CV writing and networking technique by attending on-campus recruiting events, and by taking extra sessions in technical areas I needed to improve in, such as Excel. The skills still serve me daily in my role and I have already been promoted twice in two years within the company, making me the youngest manager in our team.
The core courses I enjoyed the most were the ones that gave me the opportunity to put into practice what I was taught in the classroom. I liked that the Strategy and Management Analysis & Systems exams were only an element of the final grade, with projects and class participation also contributing, making the class very engaging and holistic. The Leadership class taught me a lot about team work and leading people, preparing me for my current team environment.
My experience on the MiM was unparalleled in terms of expanding my skillset and contact list. I know that the life-long alumni careers service will be a benefit that I tap into for the rest of my career, and I still use the School’s intranet service to ask for advice or find out about events in London. My expectations were high to start with given that I was going to London Business School, and I reap the benefits every day.