There’s no doubt that you have seen the rankings, heard about the fantastic Faculty (both in terms of teaching and research), the wonderful location of the School and the opportunities it offers in terms of career progression. These are some of the key elements which factor in your decision in regards to which Business School is best for you. Something you may not be aware of right away when you choose to study at London Business School is that you get all the above as well as an extremely vibrant student- led programme of extracurricular events and activities.
Of course there’s the social element and in a city like London you would expect nothing less but once you factor in the sheer diversity of the LBS community, it takes it to another level! Ask a second year about Tattoo or MBAT!
If its entertainment you want, you would be forgiven for never leaving London during your time with us but the festivities span the Earth (literally) with cultural treks to destinations such as Japan, Africa and Brazil. (Not to mention the Ibiza Trek, Oktoberfest and the legendary Snow Trek) It’s during such activities that you really get to know your fellow students and form those lifelong friendships.
Still there’s more, with 25 professional interest clubs, your personal development is at the heart of this eco system. The Professional Clubs along with the majority of the regional ones run a variety of events designed to enhance your learning and give you a competitive advantage in the jobs market.
The various types of events include:
The opportunity to debate, network and share ideas with world leaders, industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and government leaders.
These involve a group of students travelling to a particular region to meet recruiters on-site at their offices. They are led by students who work closely with the School’s Career Centre. The Treks include visits to Silicon Valley, Singapore and Dubai.
On a daily basis clubs invite top CEOs and industry experts to share their knowledge and experience with the LBS community.
From case competitions to start up challenges, these give you a chance to apply your existing expertise and put into practice all the new theory that you learn in the classroom.
These events are all designed to help you to:
- Improve your understanding of your chosen industry
- Engage with a number of top firms from various sectors
- Network with LBS Alumni, other professionals working in your chosen industry, as well as students from the various programmes at the School and other top institutions.
The greatest advantage of the fact that all activities are student-led is that if you feel there is a genuine gap or demand for an event or activity which you and your fellow students would benefit from, you can join a club as an officer and help to create it. This was the case for fantastic events at the School such as the LBS Hackathon and the London Entrepreneur Review.
In choosing to become an officer or leader of a Student Club you get to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom straight away by leading a team of Business School students to put on events and fulfill your clubs objectives.
Find out more about our student led conferences on this website: conferences.london.edu
Read about student activities at London Business School from the point of view of our students:
- Belgium Trek (and diversity) by Eva Spillebeen (MBA2016)
- Masters in Finance is more than Finance by Eva Lin (MIFFT2015)
- Learning how to Lead: Extracurricular Lessons at Business School by Isaac Gross (MBA2015)
Lastly check out the highlight video from the activities that took place last year 2014/2015.
I am Peter Johnson, the Senior Admissions Manager for the Masters in Finance (MiF). Alongside my colleagues Greg, Alex, Sophie and David in the MiF admissions team I am responsible for the applicant journey from the point you submit your application right up to the start of the MiF programme – both in its full-time and weekend (part-time) formats.
I thought I would share my reply with you in this blog posting.
When the MiF Admissions Committee (AdCom) reviews applications we are asking ourselves four main questions:
Do you have the intellectual ability to be admitted and to succeed in this rigorous programme?
To answer this we look at a number of things including your performance in your previous university studies, any professional qualifications you have achieved, your GMAT/GRE scores and the intellectual challenge of your job.
Will you benefit?
Here, we consider whether the MiF is a good fit for you and is in line with your career and life goals, building on you current profile and experience. This is evidenced by your application – especially your CV and your replies to the essay questions – as well as the feedback from your interviewer if we shortlist you for interview.
Will you contribute?
As well as being academically rigorous, the MiF is practical and applied. The lectures are highly interactive and we put a lot of emphasis on group work (the learning style is highly collaborative). This is why we require prior finance work experience – without this you would not fully benefit from the learning environment and you would not be able to contribute to the learning of your classmates by sharing your experience and insights. London Business School is a lively and vibrant place to study – we also expect our students to be “active citizens”, fully engaged in the School community.
Do you have the required commitment and motivation?
We are looking for students who are passionate about finance, who are intellectually curious, and who are committed to do well during their studies and in their future careers. There are many touch points in the application process where you can demonstrate your enthusiasm and drive. If you have the opportunity to visit the School or attend one of our events do try to come and meet us in person.
Q1. What is your motivation for applying to London Business School’s Masters in Finance programme? (maximum 300 words)
Q2. What are your career objectives and what steps have you taken (or do you plan to take) to achieve them? What alternatives are you considering? What geographical region do you hope to work in? (maximum 500 words)
Q3. What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where do you believe you will add value to the School Community? (maximum 300 words)
As you can see, the essay questions relate very closely to my four points above.
The word limits are deliberately quite low – this is to encourage you to be very focused in your replies. Sometimes it is much harder to write 300 words than 1,000!
Here are my five top tips for a good essay:
- Allow plenty of time to prepare your essay answers. The essay is one of the most important parts of the application process – it is your chance to sell yourself!
- Use the whole application process as an opportunity for self-reflection. What are your career goals? What are your life goals? What are you good at and what do you find most challenging? What is your “story” – are you a good fit for the programme and is the programme a good fit for you? Once you have a “story” that convinces you, the essay questions are easy to answer and you are well on the way to convincing AdCom!
- Reach out to colleagues, friends and family – they will be a great resource when you are reflecting on where you are now and your future plans. Discuss your essays with them.
- Be yourself. Speak in your own voice. I have read over 10,000 essays in the time I have worked on the MiF; the best ones reflect the personality of the applicant (and the worst ones try to guess what we want to hear, or rely too much on the advice of consultants or books which claim to tell you how to submit the perfect business school application!)
- Finally, try to value this opportunity for self-reflection. In our busy lives we rarely allow enough time for this. The process of applying to a top programme at a top School is demanding, and at times it may be stressful. But if you approach it correctly, it should also be insightful and rewarding.
I look forward to your comments and questions, and in due course, your applications!
The MBA2017 Programme is underway! The Programme Office and Recruitment & Admissions Team were excited to welcome the incoming class last week for the first day of Orientation at the historical venue Old Billingsgate Market overlooking the River Thames.
London Business School’s Dean, Sir Andrew Likierman, kicked off the event with a speech in which he shared his enthusiasm for the future of the School and plans for campus expansion to include the Sammy Ofer Centre. Throughout the day, MBA2017s heard from multiple professors including Dr Richard Jolly who delivered a presentation titled ‘10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started my MBA’.
The incoming class also learned about their upcoming MBA journey in a presentation led by MBA Student Services Manager Caroline Lampard and Dr Andrea Kreideweiss from Career Centre. With the help of MBA students, they discussed key elements in the programme such as the Global Business Experience and summer opportunities after Year 1. One student speaker announced the #WhyILoveLBS campaign initiated by the MBA0215 class created to share favourite moments and experiences at London Business School.
The event wrapped up with speaker Simon Calver for LBS’s London Talks speaker series. It was fantastic to see the class come together for the first time. The Recruitment & Admissions Team cannot wait to see what’s in store for the MBA2017 class!
The online application for MBA2018 is now open. The first deadline is 25 September 2015.
David Simpson, Admissions Director, MBA & Masters in Finance said:
Red Flags to avoid when writing your essays:
Lack of research on London Business School
- Passion for our school. We have quite a unique offering, so it’s not hard to do the research and put in a very specific case of why London Business School is right for you
- Show passion for your own future and for our school and for what we do. Let it shine through your application.
- Clear understanding of what an MBA can do for you as an individual
- Be flexible, have a plan B or C
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact me. I am happy to help.
Good luck with the application preparation.
International Information Sessions: We’re coming to a city near you, come and meet us!
Our international information sessions allow you to speak directly with admissions staff, alumni and students. You can hear about our first-class programmes, global community and international links, and how we can deliver an educational experience to transform your future. All our international information sessions are cross-programmes so all our degree programmes will be covered (MBA, Masters in Finance, Masters in Management and Global MIM, Masters in Financial Analysis, Executive MBA, EMBA-Global and Sloan).
Our extensive schedule should allow you to visit us in a city that is most convenient for you. Please note we have only released our schedule for the next semester, we are currently planning more events for the next semester. So if you do not see your country listed, we might be coming later in the year, keep checking our events page.
Bangkok (Information Session) - Monday 7 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Ho Chi Minh City (Information Session) - Thursday 10 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.30
Seoul (Information Session) - Tuesday 27 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Tokyo (Information Session) - Thursday 29 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Singapore (Information Session) – Saturday 31 October 2015, 11.15 – 13.30
Hong Kong (Information Session) – Saturday 14 November 2015, 11.15 – 13.30
Shanghai (Information Session) – Monday 16 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Beijing (Information Session) – Wednesday 18 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
San Francisco (Information Session) - Monday 24 August 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Toronto (Information Session) - Friday 4 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Washington DC (Information Session) - Tuesday 15 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Boston (Information Session) - Thursday 17 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
New York City (Information Session) - Monday 21 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Lima (Information Session) - Saturday 26 September 2015, 11.00 – 13.30
Bogota (Information Session) - Monday 28 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Mexico City (Information Session) - Wednesday 30 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Sao Paulo (Information Session) - Wednesday 14 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Santiago (Information Session) - Thursday 15 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Tel Aviv (Information Session) – Thursday 15 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Kuwait City (Information Session) - Monday 30 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
UK AND EUROPE
Amsterdam (Information Session) - Wednesday 16 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Brussels (Information Session) - Friday 18 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Munich (Information Session) - Thursday 24 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Frankfurt (Information Session) - Friday 25 September 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Paris (Information Session) - Monday 5 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Moscow (Information Session) - Wednesday 14 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Zurich (Information Session) - Monday 19 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Oslo (Information Session) - Tuesday 20 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Stockholm (Information Session) - Thursday 22 October 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Istanbul (Information Session) - Monday 2 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Lisbon (Information Session) - Tuesday 3 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Milan (Information Session) - Tuesday 3 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Madrid (Information Session) - Wednesday 4 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Rome (Information Session) - Wednesday 4 November 2015, 18.45 – 21.00
Sydney (Information Session) - Monday 22 February 2016, 18.45 – 21.00
Melbourne (Information Session) - Wednesday 24 February 2016, 18.45 – 21.00
Our Recruitment and Admissions teams will also participate in many educational fairs across the world; please do check our website to find out more about the fairs we will attend in your region.
For full details and to register, visit www.london.edu.
We look forward to meeting you.
Being a high achiever like yourself, you are always thinking of your next move…Want to enhance your skills-set in the competitive world of finance? Come and study a Masters in Finance at London Business School and we can equip you with the toolkit to succeed.
How can it help me?
If you have been working in finance for two or more years, you might be at a point in your career where you would like to progress within your organisation; you might be seeking to break into a more hands-on front-office role or you might simply have a passion to deepen your financial knowledge.
Our Masters in Finance is taught by top faculty with the choice to study over 30 finance electives from Advanced Corporate Finance to Private Equity and Venture Capital as well as Hedge Funds to Distressed Finance. You will become knowledgeable in your field, studying amongst the brightest and ambitious classmates from all over the world. Equipped with new-found skills and insight, you will never feel out of your depth again.
The new recruitment cycle for the 2016 intake will start again very soon – at the end of August, so be sure to keep an eye out on our application page. You can find out more about what we need from you to apply.
Am I eligible?
If you are excited about what this programme has to offer but unsure whether you are suitable, I encourage you to take advantage of our free CV review service.
Upload your CV for an informal review on your eligibility. As the recruitment coordinator for the Masters in Finance programme, I will be able to give you some feedback on your profile and advise you on how to submit a strong application.
Contact me for a 1-1 consultation or phone conversation
Want to find out more about the programme? It’s always good to start your research early – get in touch to book a 1-1 consultation on campus or simply have a chat over the phone.
You can contact me on 020 7000 7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Often people ask me how to stand out from the crowd. It’s a question that gets thrown about with huge demand for a specific answer. It’s a question that can apply to all walks of life and in many different scenarios. In truth there is no definitive answer. When put into context of applying to business schools it is a question that can dominate an applicant’s mind when writing applications or preparing for interviews. I believe that there is a different approach where individuals can be focusing their thoughts in a better way:
1. Is this the right business school/programme for me?
2. What can I contribute to the business school/programme?
These two questions can ensure that the research undertaken and energy spent is guided in the right direction that admissions team are looking for.
1. Is this the right business school/programme for me?
Attending a business school is a big decision financially, professionally and personally and you want to make sure that you are entering the learning environment that is right for you. Every business school has its own unique style and puts emphasis on different factors. Here at London Business School the academic teaching and learning sits alongside an engaged campus community striving to innovate and impact the business world. Students are actively encouraged to be involved in the community through a range of student clubs. Equally important is that the students are being active members of the classroom, leading study groups or sharing insights from their experiences.
I would advise interacting with as many business schools as possible to narrow down your options to the ones that fit you best. Work out what you want to achieve and align that with the business schools that match. Speak to alumni or current students and gain insights into their experiences. Doing all of this will help you when you come to write your application giving you a clear view as to why this particular school and programme. Not only does it give your clarity but it allows the admissions teams to see the research and thought process.
2. What can I contribute to the business school/programme?
With the prior research into the right school in your pocket, you can start to think about your own contribution; a key facet of any business school application. What you can bring to the school, classroom or community are key questions that we want to see answered in your application. For example if you have extensive legal knowledge, showcase how you could bring a different perspective to a study group or if you’re involved with a charity, how you could link them to the Volunteer Club. It shows self-awareness. Knowing your strengths and limitations and how you believe you would fit into our unique community is very important. Don’t overburden yourself and come up with unrealistic ambitions just to impress. Show that you have thought and researched what your time would be like and what you could realistically achieve. What is unique about your own set of experiences or strengths?
We want to see the level of research or interactions you have had in your application. It helps to show your commitment and gives weighting to your contributions. It’s great to see individuals identify clubs in our community they want to contribute to. Make sure it’s genuine as you need to be prepared to talk further about these if selected for an interview!
If you take into consideration these two questions when applying to business schools, you should be able to write an outstanding application with clear ambitions and goals. Start to build your relationship with us by attending information sessions either on campus or internationally and by interacting with our recruitment co-ordinators. All these little steps can help to build and strengthen your chances of becoming a member of our community.
I meet prospective students, read applications and interview candidates on a regular basis and have used this experience to offer my views and tips on preparing applications to business schools.
As you are most certainly aware London Business School recently launched the Masters in Financial Analysis, specifically designed for recent graduates at the early stage of their professional development. The start date for the programme is September 2016 and applications will open at the end of August. If you are looking to kick-start your career in finance, and still considering how, Richard Bland, Head of Employer Engagement here at LBS’ career centre discusses how candidates looking to enter finance can make themselves more appealing to recruiters.
How has the finance industry changed since the onset of the global economic downturn in 2008? What impact have these changes had on the industry and on people’s roles?
There have been wholesale changes at the top, with more than 90% of senior positions changing hands. Banks have rebuilt balance sheets and reduced their exposure to riskier asset classes, so they are better prepared to deal with any future crises. In terms of salaries, total remuneration is lower and the bonus element, while still significant in finance compared with other industries, has shifted towards fixed rather than variable pay. We’ve also seen a move away from cash to shares that are deferred over several years and have a clawback option. This means that staff compensation is more aligned to the long-term success of the organisation.
What effect have these changes had on people who are keen to enter the industry?
The roles in banks have shifted away from risk taking to risk management. There are fewer markets roles in investment banks and investment companies such as hedge funds generally prefer to hire people with relevant experience, creating more competition for jobs at entry level. The upshot is that people hoping to enter the industry need an extra edge beyond academic excellence.
What’s the best way for someone to get a foot in the door and start climbing the ladder?
Graduate programmes remain the most popular entry point with students. Whichever sector or company you choose will shape your longer-term options, although anyone looking to get a foot in the door will find that professional services firms remain the largest recruiters at graduate level. Investment banks use summer internship programmes to fill up to 80% of their front office roles, while those recruiting for core support divisions such as finance, treasury and IT are also happy to hire on a full-time basis.
What would the Masters in Finance Analysis (MFA) do for someone’s career prospects?
Academic excellence remains key and LBS will deliver that to the highest level. In an increasingly competitive market place, students need an edge to set them apart. With LBS being a post-graduate only school, you’ll get to interact with fellow students doing an MBA, for example. These people have significant prior work experience and will set the bar high in terms of behaviours, knowledge and commitment.
What are recruiters looking for when assessing candidates for finance roles?
We recently surveyed 38 companies across the finance industry and located around the world to understand what they’re looking for. The universal themes that came out were communication, commitment and commercial awareness.
As with any industry, communication is key and the people who can get their point over succinctly and clearly are generally the ones who succeed. It’s critical to success in finance, because you’re either pitching ideas or advising people. The MFA will help you to hone and develop your communication skills while doing the course work throughout the programme.
It is very difficult to do well in any industry without a deep-seated motivation to progress and perform, and finance is no exception. Demonstrating your knowledge of and enthusiasm for the sector is one way to show your commitment when being interviewed for a role. Recruiters want to see how committed you are, as they know how much hard work is involved when entering the industry at a junior level. Being surrounded and supported, through our unique student Peer Leadership Programme, by experienced professionals who are taking a career break to return to business school will really help up your game.
Commercial awareness is equally important, as it demonstrates your knowledge of the finance industry and how everything works. The people on the MFA programme will develop that awareness and a deep interest in the sector by learning from our world-class faculty.
How much demand is there for finance specialists?
In London, the number of finance jobs has increased by 100,000 in the last five years with fintech (financial technology) accounting for 44,000 of those roles. That said, fintech remains a relatively under explored market for finance graduates. We have seen a slight shift away from investment banking and global markets roles towards buy-side and advisory positions that cover M&A, consulting and risk.
What are the main benefits for people working in the finance sector?
You learn a set of skills that will prove invaluable throughout your career. Transferable skills such as knowing how to value companies and the levers that shift those values can be applied in both the corporate and consulting sectors. They can also be used in buy-side roles involving asset or fund management, private equity or hedge funds. You also learn how to bend the ear of senior executives, so you’re learning those persuasive powers and building those communication and presentation skills, which are important in any walk of life.
If this programme sounds of interest to you or if you want to find out more about studying at London Business School please send us an email: email@example.com.
We are pleased to let you know that applications for the EMBA-Global Americas and Europe May 2016 intake are now open. We operate a rolling admissions process, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision.
EMBA-Global Americas & Europe Application Deadlines:
Early Fall – September 22
Late Fall – November 17
Early Spring – January 26
Late Spring – March 8
You can begin preparing your application by reading the EMBA-Global admissions requirements and next steps. To be considered for an interview, you will need to provide the following:
• a completed online application, including application form, essays and personal statement
• a one-page CV or resume
• official academic transcripts or certificates
• GMAT / GRE score or test date
• TOEFL/IELT/PTE if applicable
• two references
• signed statement of employer support
• a non-refundable application fee
Not sure if this is the right programme for you? Then submit your CV here and I would be delighted to offer you a CV review to determine whether your level of work experience is suitable for the EMBA-Global programme or whether you are more suitable for one of our other programmes. This in turn will help you to decide whether to apply this year (I hope yes!) or in the future.
In the meantime if you happen to be in London, why not attend one of our monthly Information Sessions to help you in your decision-making? You can see the list of upcoming events and sign up via the following link Attend an information event
Stayed tuned for some more information about admission process over the coming weeks!
It is starting to feel like summer in London. And there is no better way to celebrate than with an MBA2017 Admits barbeque on the London Business School picturesque front lawn.
To kick off the evening, admits had the opportunity to hear from one of our renowned professors, Professor Gary Dushnitsky, who delivered a teaser lecture titled ‘Lessons in Lean Startup’.
Following the lecture, admits and partners mingled on the lawn with student ambassadors and admissions staff. Even with the record breaking heat, it was a fantastic evening filled with conversation, trifles and Pimms!