My name is Helen Foley and I’m the Visa Compliance Manager for London Business School. My role here includes supporting new students coming to us from outside the UK – which is most of you, so I’m kept pretty busy! I’m excited to be posting my first blog entry for new applicants for 2014.
As you are all no doubt aware, visas continue to be a hot topic for prospective and current students in the UK. Contrasting stories and anecdotes in the media and on social networking sites make it difficult to know what the real situation is. My blog today aims to dispel a few media myths and clarify the current situation for both study and post-study work visas for full-time, non-EU students at London Business School.
Let’s start with the easiest bit – getting a visa to study at London Business School is very straight-forward. Speaking frankly, the calibre of students at the School sets the bar higher than that set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) meaning our full-time degree programme students are perfect candidates for Tier 4 visas. With confirmed proof of your place at the School, and evidence that you can pay your tuition fees and support yourself financially while in the UK, you will have no problem obtaining your Tier 4 visa.
Staying on the topic of Tier 4 Student visas, as you will be studying a postgraduate degree for 12 months or longer, your dependants – which means your spouse, partner or children – can apply for Tier 4 Dependant visas to join you in the UK. Dependants can work full-time, study or attend school while in the UK. As a Tier 4 student, you will also be permitted to work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during any non-study periods. I know this can be very important for both financial and work experience reasons during your degree.
Speaking of work, I’m very aware that before even applying for a programme at London Business School, many of you are focussed on what your post-study opportunities will be. While it is true that changes to the Immigration Rules in 2011 changed the outlook for post-study work in general, we are pleased to report that the view for London Business School students on our full-time degree programmes remains bright and sunny. Our employment figures since 2012 speak for themselves – more than 50% of non-EU MBA and MIF students have found post-study work in the UK. The changes to the Immigration Rules actually discriminate in favour of highly skilled, highly paid workers. London Business School graduates are exactly the people that the UK government is encouraging to stay and work in the UK.
Most students find work under the Tier 2 sponsored route where an employer sponsors a non-EU worker. For people looking for work from outside the UK (including students at business schools in the rest of Europe and the US), this can be an onerous, difficult process due to a number of regulatory and compliance requirements. As a London Business School graduate on Tier 4, you will be exempt from these hurdles, putting you in a very strong position in terms of employability. The Career Services team at London Business School work very successfully with employers to ensure that our students receive excellent job opportunities, regardless of nationality. The post-study work exemption for UK graduates is key to this success.
For the more entrepreneurial-minded among you, there are also great post-study work opportunities. In UKVI language, London Business School is an endorsing institution for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visas. In simpler terms, this means that the School can sponsor up to 40 students per year to say in the UK following their graduation to develop and establish a business here. For 2013/14, we have already sponsored more than 20 students for these visas, with further applications pending at the time of writing. As a School, we are thrilled to be able to do so, and from a personal perspective, continuing to support our students post-graduation with original and often remarkable business plans is one of the best parts of my job.
I hope this helps to unpack some of the fog around visas and clarifies what your options are in coming to London Business School, and looking ahead to your future as a graduate of the School. I look forward to meeting many of you at Admits events in the coming months, and well as supporting you in your Tier 4 applications before welcoming you to London Business School later this year.
Visa Compliance Manager, London Business School
A new journey commenced for the EMBA January 2014 students as we welcome them on board to London Business School and the Executive MBA experience.
The new intake of the EMBA programme started on 20th January 2014 with an orientation week introducing both London and Dubai streams to each other and to the School through a series of in and out of classroom activities. We are happy to welcome a diverse group of talented, high calibre people who will bring an immense value and wealth of knowledge to the EMBA experience.
Study groups are formed bringing together people from different backgrounds, nationalities, job functions and years of experience, creating an ideal environment for interaction and exchange of knowledge, making collaborative learning experience a central part of the Executive MBA.
During orientation week students not only get to understand the principles of general management and undertake a series of ongoing leadership development activities but they get to know what it really feels to be part of an international and multicultural student body. Orientation week gives everyone a taste of the great adventure they will be embarking upon in the next 20 months.
A new year and a new journey for the EMBA January 2014 class but for me as well. Joining the Executive MBA Recruitment and Admissions team, from the position of EMBA Recruitment and Admissions Manager at the same time as the beginning of the new EMBA intake, made my first week an equally unique experience. Being among such highly motivated, distinguished people of a variety of industries and backgrounds, in such a vibrant, international environment made it clear to everyone of the uniqueness of the Executive MBA experience.
Here is to new challenges and an unforgettable and transformational EMBA journey!
Hello again everyone!
You’ve now decided to apply to the MiM programme and are carefully considering all the documents required in order to submit you best application. References, while they may seem an afterthought compared to the GMAT or your essays, as an integral part of the process – they can truly make or break an application. What impress us are honest, to-the-point, and genuine references.
Here are a few tips to make sure that your references have a positive impact on your application:
1. What are references for?
References are a window into how experienced individuals see you, in an academic, professional or extra-curricular setting. They allow us to understand how well you have built your network so far, how you are perceived in a variety of situations, and the potential that others see in you.
2. Choose your referees very carefully.
It would seem logical to do so but we often read references from professors who barely know you (and have nothing insightful to say) or from people you knew a long time ago and whose opinions are not relevant to the person you are anymore.
Ideally, you will have one academic reference from a professor who knows you well and one other from an internship supervisor or the manager of a charity / arts / sports association you work with. Two academic references are perfectly acceptable as well but if you’ve had four internships, we may wonder how well your professional network has been maintained.
If your referee is an alumnus or alumna of the School, they can of course mention it. Please note that if you have two other referees already, alumni (and current students too) can also recommend you separately – do tell them to contact us directly email@example.com.
3. Who should I not approach?
If you have attended only one of his/her course three years ago, this professor might not be the best judge of character when you are concerned.
If your work experience has mostly taken place in the family business then reach out to a supplier or a client – family members are a big no-no!
If you have only met the CEO of your internship company once in a corridor then it is much better to ask your close supervisor instead. Big names and titles won’t impress us if they have nothing to say about you.
If your referee of choice doesn’t speak (enough) English, chose someone else who does.
4. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, write your own references.
The value of references lies in their confidentiality. Sadly, we have caught many candidates cheating on their references which can lead to an immediate rejection of the application. The truth is that if you write your own references… we will find out. There are many ways to double check the validity of references and our savvy reviewers are expert at identifying ‘dodgy’ ones. Sometimes, busy referees may ask you to write the reference for them – don’t give in! Ask yourself this: if they are not willing to take the time to do this for you, are they really the person you want to use as a referee?
5. What’s next?
Once you have selected your referees, do contact them to ask for their support and let them know to expect an email from us including a link to a short form they will have to fill by themselves. Please do tell them to use their professional email address for verification purposes.
If you chose to send them an updated CV, please do remind them to not simply cut and paste information from the CV which is redundant. You may also want to send them a link to the MiM website so they are aware of which programme and school you are applying to.
We’ve read many fantastic reviews over the years that have truly helped us to understand our candidates in a new and improved light. We hope that your referees will achieve this for you!
We wish you all the best in selecting your referees and hope to read more about you very soon.
Sloan applications opened up in January, and with the first deadline on 25 February, we’re looking forward to seeing more applications from senior, experienced executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who are beyond an MBA and planning the next stage of their careers.
Please make use of the fast track option. You can apply with the application form, cv, one reference and your essays and in most cases receive a review decision in 10-15 working days.
The application form and CV track your career moves, choices and responsibilities – and gives us a sense of your academic background. Your recommender will give us a sense of who you are. Your essays have been designed to showcase how you will contribute and benefit through the experience you have earned over the years.
For the 60 Sloan Fellows who started this January the main focus of these early weeks is around getting to know each other. For Sloan Fellows sharing experience is critical. We select the candidates who we believe are really engaged with this, and will be open to offering and listening to insights from each other. We all noticed how intently they listened to each other.
What do we mean by experience? With an average age of 40 and with nearly 60% of the class in General Management positions, from 27 nationalities and multiple career backgrounds they have a lot to contribute to their class learning and the school community. The week offered briefings on how to navigate the school, introductions Career Services and Alumni Relations, a relaxing dinner in Kettners’ and a family and partners’ lunch with stickers and colouring in for the kids, and a chance for the Sloan’s partners to get to know each other.
What happened in class? Sloans start their courses from Day 2 and have embarked on Executive Leadership, Biography, Understanding Top Management and Marketing. There have been tutorials in Corporate Finance and Speed Reading. They are choosing Class Reps, hearing from the Students Association, Elective briefings and brushing up on stats. They are being inspired by Professors Randall S. Peterson, Nigel Nicholson, Dominic Houlder and David Arnold.
To round off their orientation, the Sloans enjoyed a leadership weekend in Windsor. They took part in a variety of challenges aimed at testing their teamwork, leadership and strategy skills. It was also a good chance to further the social cohesiveness of the group. The Sloans reveled in the challenges especially in an idyllic setting such as Windsor, which for many would have been their first real experience of the British countryside.
As usual, all your comments and suggestions are welcome. Let us know about any topic you want to see on the blog and we will do our best to make it happen.
Your CV, the written elevator pitch. Trying to sell your achievements, experience and skill-set on one piece of paper can be challenging, and whether you’re submitting your CV for a postgraduate degree or job application, it’s important to understand how you can best promote yourself as the best candidate.
The Masters in Management team review hundreds of CVs each year from prospective students and applicants and we have seen it all – CVs with poems, CVs with quotes, CVs with too much personal information, a bad example of this is including irrelevant information such as blood type. You should share information that will allow the reader to have a better insight into who you are, and what you can offer.
If you’re currently preparing your CV to submit for an eligibility assessment or for your application and want to know what we look for (and what we don’t), here are a few tips to consider:
- Keep it concise. Your CV should serve as an experience highlights piece. If included in your application we’ll see your transcripts, and your CV should highlight your degree title and major/minor and also overall grades. You should aim to keep it limited to one page, two at the very max. Unless you’ve had 20 years of experience you shouldn’t need any more space than that!
- Keep it current. We’re interested in understanding your undergraduate career to date, so it is unnecessary to include any positions held before your first year of your undergraduate studies.
- Keep it accurate. Avoid misleading the reader. If you were selected to participate in a case competition but didn’t in the end, make it clear. Likewise if you participated in a one week company insight programme, make evident the beginning and end dates, so that it is clear to the reader.
- Keep it gap free. If you graduated six months ago but don’t tell us what you’ve been doing since, we’ll wonder why you’ve not been using the time to further yourself personally or professionally. You don’t want for the reader of your CV to have more questions than answers by the time they get to the bottom of the page, so make sure you you’ve accounted for your whereabouts.
I hope these few tips will help as you look to prepare your CV. And don’t forget, you can always submit your CV if you have any questions about your eligibility, or whether this is the right programme for you.
With the Christmas and New Year holiday period approaching our current Sloan’s from the 2013 intake have finished their courses for the year and will soon be graduating from London Business School. As with any student completing their journey here this is not the end for them. They will become part of our 36,000 stong alumni network that is spread out across the world. Some will be returning to their companies others to their home cities. A few of this year’s Sloan class have come together to start a business which in its infant steps will be based out of London Business School.
It has been a wonderful year for the Sloan programme with highlights including the Sao Paulo International Assignment and a great Capstone to finish the year. As admissions staff we will be sad to see them leave but we are confident that their experience of the school has been rich and enlightening.
We recently held a Sloan closing dinner at the National Portrait Gallery to toast their completion of the course and their future success. As you can see from the pictures it was a great way to finish the year.
The new intake of the Sloan programme will be starting on January 6th 2014. They will have an orientation week before diving straight into their first term taking core classes such as Marketing, Strategy and Corporate Governance. It can be a tough and challenging time for our Sloan’s as they enter the classroom again after typically 15 years in the office but they certainly get back into the student approach relatively quickly. It is no surprise that with the wealth of knowledge our Sloan students bring to the classroom, the debates and discussions are insightful and unique. Their first term is not all work as there are regular events for them such as world-class speakers, social and sport events and the wider community social clubs.
For the incoming class we held a small admits event alongside the incoming EMBA January class in the city to celebrate them joining London Business School. It is always great to see the individuals you have brought together for a programme standing together in a room enjoying each others company. We always aspire to build great Sloan classes with interesting people from a widespread of industries and countries. We believe the Sloan 2014′s will be another great chapter in the London Business School Sloan history.
Looking towards the future, the application and new essays for the Sloan 2015 programme are available on the website here. If you have already started working on the old set of essays we are happy to accept them too. We have our first deadline on the 25th February for those wishing to get into the application process early in the year. . If you want to have your CV reviewed please send it through to firstname.lastname@example.org where a member of our recruitment team is happy to have a conversation about the Sloan programme with you.
From all of us in the Sloan community, have a great festive period.
It’s the final countdown to the Christmas holidays and it’s as busy as usual in the MiF Admissions office. There are many new applications arriving and many offer packs on their way to our first groups of admitted students. We are already in stage 3 of the application cycle for the August 2014 intake with our next application deadline coming soon after the Christmas break. Time flies!
As the holidays are approaching, we’ve been thinking that it’s the perfect occasion for a “meet the team” post, so you get to know us a bit better and so you know “who does what”.
We like to call ourselves the Mediterranean team – we come from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and of course the UK. Our English colleagues love the Mediterranean vibe too.
So let’s start with the introductions!
Alessandra joined the team in 2012. As Recruitment and Admissions Administrator, she is in charge of the administrative processes and is the first point of contact for applicants. She makes sure that all the application process works smoothly – she acknowledges new applications, follow ups on any missing items, communicates admissions decisions and contacts shortlisted candidates to organise interview logistics in the UK and internationally. She also records all the admissions data and sends the offer packs to admitted candidates worldwide. You will hear a lot from her!
Patrizia, our Recruitment Coordinator, joined our team earlier this year and is the primary contact for new enquirers and prospective students before they apply to the programme. She is in charge of CV review and assesses candidates’ suitability prior to application. Patrizia can be reached at email@example.com.
Eugenia and I are the MiF recruitment and admissions managers. Eugenia has been at the School since 2012. She started working in the recruitment team and joined the admissions team last March. I have been at the School since the end of 2012, 14 months now. As managers, we review applications, make shortlisting decisions, select alumni interviewers for each shortlisted candidate and give our input to the Admissions Committee (AdCom) for final decisions. We are also the primary contacts for candidates after admissions until they start the programme when the MiF Programme Managers take over. We coordinate scholarships and the student ambassadors. Also, we are the ones presenting at the information sessions on campus and internationally, so if you attend one of our events you will have the chance to meet us then.
Peter, our Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager, has been at the School for 25 years. Peter manages and coordinates the team and is also our IT expert. He is in charge of the Portal (our Intranet resource for admitted students) and coordinates the Facebook and Linkedin groups. He chairs AdCom and manages our relations with the MiF’s 3,200+ alumni. Since he’s been at the School for a long time he seems to know almost everybody and he’s a very efficient networker! You will meet him at information events as well.
And last but not least, David is our Admissions Director for the MiF and MBA programmes. He has been at the School 15 years so he also knows the School very well. He coordinates both of MBA and MiF admissions teams and gives strategic leadership for both programmes.
Now that you know the team, it’s time to introduce yourself in the comments section. Also, you can send your CV for review to our colleague Patrizia via:
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will continue to work hard in the coming year to ensure that if you decide to apply you will have a smooth and pleasant admission journey.
Hi all! Greetings from lovely London.
As my other two blogs were mainly focused on the application process, this time I have decided to change the scenery and focus on what the MiM2014s have been up to last summer. Whilst we are all looking forward to Christmas and snow, you can’t ever have enough of the summer (especially if you are in London).
Applications usually open a year before the start of the programme and we, the MiM Team, are always looking for ways to keep in touch with our future students throughout the year. Students from all of our programmes (and staff) are very proud of being part of the London Business School community and, for this reason, our photo library is filled with picture of students on their various adventures before joining us. Once candidates are made an offer, they become part of the LBS community, a community we know they are proud of even before they actually arrive on campus. This is how ‘My Summer before LBS started’.
The rules are: candidates who have been made an offer from the school will enter this competition by taking a photo in an interesting place anywhere in the world whilst holding up our competition sign. Here are some fun examples of the photos submitted by our current MiMs:
Indonesia Trading floor – London Taipei 101
Berlin Yangon, Myanmar South Vietnam
Photos were displayed at Orientation and there was also a prize involved. If you have been admitted in next year’s class, do keep an eye out for your offer pack and take part in the competition! We are always happy to keep in touch with our future students.
Happy Holidays everyone and I look forward to blogging in the next year!
If you are currently in the application process for the Masters in Management programme, please feel free to drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Please be aware that the Admissions Office will be closed between 23rd December 2013 – 1st January 2014 (inclusive) for the holiday period.
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