Last week I joined our MiM2015s in a seminar run by our Careers Team about reinvigorating your job search. This session included discussion around how students can tailor their job search, finding roles which match with their interests and skills, and how to put themselves forward as the best individuals for the job. During the session, we also had the chance to hear from a panel of MiM alumni who shared what their job search journeys looked when they were students on the MiM.
As I sat in the lecture theatre taking in the helpful tips and advice, I started to ask myself: is the journey to a job much different to the journey to postgraduate studies? I found there are some similarities in considerations to take regardless of whether you’re applying for a place in the MiM or a spot in a graduate scheme at a multinational company:
- Be sure: is this the right decision for you? We’ve spoken before in this blog about the importance of conducting your research and due diligence prior to applying. You’ll be making both time and financial commitments in pursuing your graduate studies. You need to be sure you’ll be doing so in the place that’s the best fit for you and will allow you to achieve your goals. Both admissions teams and recruiters will be able to see, through your application essays or personal statements and eventually interview, whether you feel the school or company you’re applying to is your number one priority. If not, they may ask themselves why you are applying for something you’re only 50% sure about, and why should they care if you don’t seem to? So make sure you do your research to ensure this is the right decision for you, and in doing so:
- Ask: dig in and ask questions. Take the time to speak with members of the school or work communities you’re looking to join. There are many opportunities to engage with members of the MiM community, be it with a Student Ambassador over email, an Admissions Team regional manager via an online webinar, or an alumnus/a at an information session. Use the knowledge gained through these discussions to gain a valuable insight into what the student experience is like or what the Admissions Team is looking for in candidates. Then when you apply:
- Do: more than just regurgitate facts. Yes, we want to see that you’ve researched the programme and School, as this demonstrates your motivation and genuine interest to join us, but we don’t want to see that you’ve just read the brochure or website. While there may be many applicants who want to join a certain professional club or run for a particular class representative role, what do these positions mean to you and how will you contribute? If you’ve studied business already, why continue with a second degree? If you come from a non-business background, how will the curriculum support your transition into the business world? Just as recruiters will want, admissions teams want to see that you don’t just know the facts about the programme or School, but that you’ve taken the time to go a layer deeper to explore what the potential offerings mean to you. So ensure that you illustrate this motivation and:
- Think: what can you do to maximise your chances? Whether you are applying for graduate studies or a job, you are one of many candidates. This is a hard truth but a truth nonetheless. As such, you want to make sure you stand out and put your best foot forward. Review the eligibility requirements – do you meet these? If so, from what you know through your discussions with a school’s admissions team or company’s HR representatives, what are they looking for beyond this? Are there particular qualities or soft skills that may help you to pass through the application review stage to interview? Once you do and are selected to join this face-to-face conversation:
- Prove: what you’re capable of and tailor your pitch. Use real life examples to prove that you have the technical and soft skills the school or company is looking for. Share your successes and, if appropriate, your failures to illustrate what you’ve learned from your experiences thus far and how those learnings will support your ability to succeed in either the classroom or the workplace. Don’t forget to tailor your pitch; whether in person or written in an application, ensure that you are conveying your passion and motivation to join that particular school or company and how your skills and personality are right for the seat or role.
Above all else:
- Showcase: your authentic self. Throughout the admissions process, we are looking to understand who you are as an individual and how you will fit in with our community. What do you have to gain? What do you have to contribute? While there are many applicants looking to join the MiM to support their professional ambitions, what they want to achieve, and how they plan to achieve this, very much differs person to person. We don’t want to hear that you’re interested in a particular industry or company because that’s what you think we want to hear. We’re more interested in understanding your passions and what drives you, and what makes you, well, you!
So if you’re thinking of applying to join the MiM or Global MiM, take the time to do your research, tailor your application, and illustrate you have skills we’re looking to bring into the classroom. And perhaps next year you’ll be meeting with our Careers Team to discuss your recruitment strategy and finding the best job for you.
I am pleased to let you know that applications for the 2016 Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy intake is now open. We seek passionate and intelligent people who can create a stimulating and valuable learning exchange. Candidates will have a breadth and depth of professional experience including management at a strategic level, and come from a wide range of backgrounds in private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You will bring ambition, commitment, a sharp intellect and a global outlook to the table. Content is pitched at a very high level, appropriate for those in key positions as decision-makers responsible for delivering results, leading critical projects and taking a leadership role in managing change.
Explore your fit and meet us
We recommend you to fully research the Sloan programme to ensure it aligns with your long-term career objectives. We can help you to determine this alongside your eligibility through an informal CV review. We run open days on campus and in cities around the world for you to meet admissions staff, students and global alumni. Drop-in sessions at the School give you the chance to chat with the Recruitment & Admissions Team about your application and the programme in more depth. Please see all upcoming events here.
If you would like a phone chat or meet me in person on Campus, I would be happy to schedule one as long as you send a CV with your request. You can submit your CV here.
Happy New Year!
Join me at one of our online sessions to learn how London Business School and the Masters in Finance programme can help you advance your career and achieve your goals. I will be hosting sessions from 13.00 – 14.00 (UK time) on the following dates:
Wednesday 7th January 2015
Wednesday 4th February 2015
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Wednesday 6th May 2015
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Wednesday 1st July 2015
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The sessions will start with a 30 minute presentation, followed by online Q+A
To sign up go to: http://www.london.edu/news-and-events/events/calendar
Our next application deadline is 6 January 2015 – the holiday period is a great opportunity to get your application ready!
For the full list of stage deadlines see:
Please note that we will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 15.00 on 23 December until 09.00 on 2 January 2015.
Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015! Enjoy our seasonal scene.
Peter, Morgane, Ciara, Greg and David
At London Business School, we firmly believe that entrepreneurship education needs to have a foot in the real world. Whether you’re interested in starting your own business or working for a firm that enables you to exercise your entrepreneurial ambitions, we provide dedicated support for entrepreneurs through a wide range of initiatives and services.
We offer several opportunities to gain practical experience of running your own business. The Entrepreneurship Summer School and The London Business School Incubator will allow you to use the School’s facilities to launch your business.
Learning from professionals
Entrepreneur Mentor in Residence Programme and The TELL Series provides an opportunity for you to learn from professionals who have ventured out alone. Aspiring entrepreneurs at London Business School can now also benefit from a new mentoring scheme ‘Entrepreneurship Mentor in Residence’ launched in Dubai recently.
If you’re thinking about financing your venture, we offer a range of contact points such as Sussex Place Ventures and Enterprise 100 who have both been fundamental in helping new start-ups and linking teaching with the wider business community.
Don’t just take our word for it; many of our alumni are enjoying entrepreneurial success since graduating from their programmes.
“London Business School helped me to become a better entrepreneur by introducing me to business concepts and frameworks that I could apply to my own company.”
See the full profile of Annelien Bruins, Sloan2011
“London Business School helped me to hone my business and more importantly my entrepreneurial skills, particularly in raising VC funds and how to prioritise effectively in a small business.”
See the full profile of Barnaby Voss, MBA2010
I’m Stephanie Kernwein Thrane, Senior Manager, Recruitment & Admissions Manager for the MBA programme. When speaking to prospective candidates, I’m often asked the above question – it’s a tricky one to answer, but I would say that there are certain intangible characteristics that make a candidate stand out.
I would recommend thinking carefully about the following:
Great applications ‘Glow’. Make sure you convey your passions and your dreams. If you have a dynamic personality, illustrate this in your application. The key thing is that we can get a picture of who ‘you’ are from your application.
Do your research and show it off! If you’ve have been to an event, met a member of the school or spoken with an alumnus, make sure this is clearly mentioned in your application.
Why London Business School, specifically? The best applications address this question head on. It’s crucial that you’re able to explain why our MBA Programme is particularly compelling to you.
Think carefully about your referees. Titles are less important than content. If you ask for a reference from someone who hasn’t worked with you directly, they are unlikely to provide sufficient detail.
Make sure your CV is as strong as possible. Your CV is likely to be among the first thing that an admissions team will review. Explain any gaps and ensure it is well formatted and easy to read. We ask for a one page CV. I appreciate it’s difficult to distil your experiences onto one page, but if the CEO of a blue-chip company can do it, you can too!
I hope the above provides some general help on how to approach a business school application. It’s not rocket science but we appreciate it isn’t easy either. The next deadline is Monday 5 January 2015 and I look forward to reading your applications.
If you do still have unanswered questions about the programme or your eligibility, I’d be delighted to meet you at our upcoming MBA Information Sessions on Monday 8 December 2014. Alternatively, see a list of our upcoming information events.
The Admissions Committee encourages all applicants to put a lot of thought into their application, take the time to prepare for the GMAT/GRE and choose their referees carefully. The MiM admissions blog already includes information on the ideal MiM candidate, hints and tips for a successful interview and application but are there any other steps that you can take in order to ensure you demonstrate you are the right candidate for us? In this blog, I will explain the purpose of admissions events and why you should attend one (or more).
Make a good first impression on the Admissions Team. The application is a first step in getting to know you but there is no better way to meet a candidate than in a face to face conversation. How can you make a good impression on the Admissions Committee? This is your opportunity to tell us who you are and why you want to be a student at London Business School. It is also your opportunity to see what the School can do for your academic, professional and personal development. It is encouraged to do some research on the programme and come prepared with questions. We like to meet candidates who are self-aware, mature and know what they want to achieve from postgraduate education. We are also happy to provide advice and support to those who are yet to decide what they want to do in their professional career. Writing a follow-up email the next day can help you stand out from the crowd and further build your relationship with us.
Network with people of similar interests. Undergraduates and recent university graduates may not have had the opportunity to hone networking skills. An admissions event is an opportunity to meet other people at the same career level as you are and who have the same concerns and/or goals as you do. For example, do you come from a History background but have an interest in business? You might meet someone in the same situation as you who can tell you more about their experience and what steps they have taken towards a career in business. Who knows? You may become classmates in the future.
Show your commitment to the School. Visiting the School or meeting admissions professionals at events around the world shows a genuine interest in London Business School. Not only you are taking the time to meet with us but you have also prepared insightful questions about our programmes and want to learn more about what the School has to offer. Your attendance at an admissions event is also recorded in our database and you can add a note in your application on who you met from London Business School.
Meet a current student or alumni. What better way to get information on a programme than from a current student or alumni? Students and alumni are always happy to share their experience with prospective students. Our website provides much information on career opportunities but what are the students and alumni saying? If you have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE, get their advice on how long you should be preparing for this exam or see if they are willing to share any tips on how to best prepare for it. Make use of this meeting by asking questions on career development, programme offerings and student life.
Attending admissions events also help you figure out whether a postgraduate programme at London Business School is indeed the right step for you. We want our students to have the best experience at the School and achieve their goals and the best way to do that is by getting as much information as you can about what we have to offer.
More information on Admissions Events can be found on our website here. We hope to see you at an event in the near future!
The admissions cycle for the Masters in Finance for the August 2015 intake is now well underway with the stage 1 deadline already passed and the stage 2 deadline fast approaching ……. We have already started to make offers for the next intake and are busy reviewing new applications and setting up interviews with our alumni in London and worldwide.
So now is a good time to meet the team!
Ciara joined the team in 2014. 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, follows up 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!
Morgane and Greg are the MiF recruitment and admissions managers. Morgane has been at the School since 2011 and Greg joined the School in early 2014. They review applications, make shortlisting decisions, select alumni interviewers for each shortlisted candidate and give their input to the Admissions Committee (AdCom) for final decisions. They are also the primary contacts for admitted candidates after admission until they start the programme when the MiF Programme Managers take over. They coordinate scholarships and the student ambassadors.
As Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager I manage and coordinate the team. I have been at the School for over 25 years. I chair AdCom and manage our relations with the MiF’s 3,400+ alumni. As I have been at the School for a long time I think I know what make us tick – I am told I am a very efficient networker!
And last but not least, David is our Admissions Director for the MiF and MBA programmes. He has been at the School for over 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.
With the success of the October class week under our belts, the EMBA-Global programme office is busy planning another class week for December. The EMBA-Global Americas & Europe 2016 October class week was a busy four days for our students who by now are getting into the rhythm of the programme and taking more control and ownership of their studies and the London campus. They are getting increasingly involved with the class schedules, suggesting possible speakers and helping organise events where possible.
The class week began with a day full of activities organised by the School’s Careers Services team. Students met career coaches and industry experts over lunch after which they attended workshops on creating and practicing their Networking Pitch, as well as Entrepreneurship. Those taking part in the day were also offered one to one career coaching sessions throughout the afternoon. The programme office works closely with Career Services in order to integrate various opportunities for the students to define their career goals and expand their sector knowledge throughout the programme.
These career sessions were held the day before classes started to ensure that students could fully focus on their studies during the week which consisted of classes in Operations Management, Decision Models, Corporate Finance and Marketing Strategy. Some of the classes were joined by class visitors as prospective students have the opportunity to visit LBS during classes that are of particular interest to them and that might help them build a better picture of what studying at LBS is like.
One staple element of the EMBA-Global class weeks is a speaker event where the students are able to invite prominent business leaders to talk about their experiences and to inspire our students. During the October class week Dwight Poler, MD of Bain Capital, spoke about his experiences in Private Equity. At a cross programme speaker event organised in conjunction with the London Executive MBA programme, Tony Mooney, the Managing Director of Sky IQ, gave a talk about decision-making at executive levels and the role of customer intelligence in larger organisations.
In September, we had the pleasure of being with the EMBA-Global Asia class during their class week at the University of Hong Kong. Again another busy but enjoyable four days for our students who were in full swing of core courses like Corporate Finance, Operations Management and Marketing Strategy and Managerial Accounting.
Leading up to class week, Columbia Business School’s Alumni club in Hong Kong organised a world alumni event with the EMBA-Global Asia class and Columbia’s alumni in the region. The event allowed current students to network with the larger Columbia community, an incredible benefit of being part of the three top schools in the financial capitals of the world. On Thursday, we had the pleasure of listening to the General Manager of Uber in Hong Kong, Mr. Sam Gellman. His insights on the rapid growth of Uber his insights on the business landscape of similar start-ups were enlightening. And to top off, what was a fantastic week, the University of Hong Kong Programme office organised a boat cruise for the students in the South China Sea. The views were incredible and a perfect way to relax and unwind!
See more about the EMBA-Global programme.
The November 17 deadline is coming up for EMBA-Global and we’re getting a lot of questions about the application process and admission.
As EMBA-Global (a pioneer programme in the trans-national Executive MBA world) involves two partner schools and two admissions committees, some of you have been curious as to how we manage this. EMBA-Global Asia brings in the University of Hong Kong – so there are three partners involved in the process!
First, we only need you to do one application. All the information provided in the application system is read carefully by the schools, and depending on your region – and a successful shortlist decision, you will be invited to interview on campus at Columbia Business School or London Business School. If you are applying to EMBA-Global Asia, most interviews are in Hong Kong but we also see candidates in New York and London.
It’s a good idea to run through the application requirements in the website Apply section. Once you’ve applied we check as well, and let you know if anything is missing, when you can expect to hear from us, and what the next steps are.
We expect you have a role where you can apply your learning, and have built increasing management responsibilities – though this is not always direct line management – it could be projects, teams, resources and budgets. We also expect you to have a transnational element in your career. It’s normal for executives to manage across time-zones, deliver successful results across geographies and work with people who never or only rarely have the chance to meet. And that’s normal for us as well.
After interviews, the schools hold Admissions Committee meetings where each candidate is discussed in detail, and final decisions are made.
Our expectations are that you will be smart, ambitious, resilient and ready to contribute to a high achieving class where you will make lifelong friendships. You will have a global, not a local mindset and ambitions. We know that this is the first step in making significant changes in your career – whether its moving up the ladder or a new direction. It all starts with that application.