Sachin Rastogi

Country of origin: India

Senior Analyst, McKinsey & Company, London

After completing my first degree in Mechanical and Automation Engineering in India, I started a career in the IT industry. After three years, I realised it was time to pursue my passion for management consulting in a world-class firm.

Seeking to achieve this dream, I decided to equip myself with a strong academic background to handle such a task. I had earlier studied Operations Research in my undergraduate degree and was aware of its application in real life. Hence, choosing to do my MSc in Operational Research and Management Science was not a major issue, on the contrary, but selecting the university was.

There are many factors which I considered before selecting Lancaster University Management School. The first and probably the most important factor for me was the reputation of the University both in terms of future employment and the quality of teaching offered.

After doing some research on the internet, I came to know about the reputation of Lancaster University Management School. At the time of my enrolment, it was ranked as one of the best Management Schools in the UK. However what impressed me more was the progression of this growth. The University came into existence a mere 50 years ago and the fact that it is now giving competition to the heavyweights of the industry is simply remarkable.

Another factor which I considered was the profile of the tutors assigned on this course. LUMS faculty has them all: world renowned Emeritus professors, editorial board members from top academic journals, leaders of The Operational Research Society, forecasting and data analysts along with many distinguished external speakers. All the above factors lured me to an MSc Operational Research programme at LUMS. Apart from the academics, the facilities provided by Lancaster University to students, especially to overseas students, are also among the best.

The composition of the student group was as versatile as the course content. There were fresh graduates as well as previous postgraduates, people from different academic and professional backgrounds and from different countries. Rubbing shoulders with them gave me a unique perspective of looking at a problem from different points of view. Assessments ranged from course work to group work to presentations, all within tight deadlines.

The high point of the degree is the dissertation period, where students are given the opportunity to work on real-life problems faced by different companies. I worked with Sporting Index, one of the largest point spread betting companies in the UK. The project required modelling of betting data according to various statistical and econometrical theories using advanced data analytics tools. This experience, along with the earlier learning from the core course modules, has helped me immensely in various job interviews after the completion of my course.

Upon completing the MSc, I joined McKinsey & Company as an analyst, making the Masters programme incredibly worthwhile.