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If you have decided to submit an application to the Early Career programmes at London Business School (Masters in Management, Global Masters in Management and Masters in Financial Analysis), you may have already researched the benefits of studying here, employment opportunities and the network you will gain as a student at the School.  Once you have a strong understanding of how London Business School can help your academic, professional and personal development, it is also important to start researching your financing options. A Masters degree is a big investment in your career and future and there is a wide range of financial support available to help you both from London Business School and externally. This blog is designed to give students a better understanding of the selection criteria for London Business School scholarships.

Students accepted in the Early Career programmes at London Business School have access to two types of scholarships: merit-based and bursary scholarships.

Merit-based scholarships do not require an application and candidates will be automatically considered for these upon receiving an offer from the Admissions Committee.  When reviewing candidates for a merit-based scholarship, the Scholarship Committee takes into consideration academic, personal and professional achievements but also the strength of the application and interview for our programmes. Alongside a good academic record, strong internships and a clear focus in their career path, potential scholars will need to showcase a great deal of motivation for becoming a student at London Business School. We expect our scholars to be active members of the community and act as ambassadors of the programme and the School. This can often be demonstrated through extracurricular activities on campus in your undergraduate degree or showing through your application and interview that you have already reflected on the ways in which you can contribute to the London Business School community. Antonio from the Masters in Management (MIM) Class of 2016 is only one example of the high quality students joining our programmes every year:


Antonio_Marcelo_MIM2016“I am a Portuguese national who lived in Lisbon since birth, with the exception of a semester abroad in France.  I completed my Bachelors degree at Nova School of Business and Economics, where I have built solid foundations in economic analysis.  In parallel to my academic studies, I had a career as a gymnast, which was highlighted by the participation in two European Championships (2010 and 2012) and the 1st place in two National Championships (2009 and 2014). While my professional and academic experiences taught me the contents required to have success in the future, having the opportunity to be part of a team without equal taught me the importance of discipline, hard work, cooperation and persistence in the pursuit of the goals that one defines. Adding to this, I was a part-time Usher during my undergraduate degree at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and a summer intern at Banco Popular and Banco Invest. While the first allowed me to develop strong communication and teamwork skills, the latter allowed me to have an understanding of the financial sector that I hope to be a highly valuable asset for my post-programme position.”


Bursary scholarships require an application and this can only be submitted once you have received an offer from the Admissions Committee at the School. In order to be reviewed for a bursary scholarship, you will need to provide information on the estimated costs of your year at London Business School and how you expect to fund your studies in the absence of a bursary award. Bursary scholarships are awarded on both financial aid and merit.

Full information on both merit-based scholarships and bursaries can be found on our website here.

London Business School encourages candidates to explore all scholarship and financing opportunities available to them in their home country or country of residence. Sources can include charitable organisations, government agencies and the local British Council Office. In addition to these independent sources of funding, candidates are able to apply to the Prodigy – London Business School Loan Scheme.

Kathleen Bell from the Financial Aid Office at London Business School has provided more information on the loan opportunities available to students in previous blogs which can be found here.


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In my last blog post, we talked about how much it costs to live and study in London, the transformational experience of attending London Business School and the excitement of living in this world class city.

Have you decided to submit your application to one of our degree programmes? 

Alongside submitting the application to your chosen programme and completing your all-important interview, we know that you are also giving a great deal of consideration to financing your course. Have you found it overwhelming? We are here to help. We are also here to help if you are not overwhelmed, but still in need of some solid guidance.

This is probably the most significant investment you will make in your professional career, maybe even your lifetime. We expect it will pay impressive dividends. But, in order to see this return, let’s first talk about your financing options.

Our financial aid office at London Business School fully understands the level of financial commitment required and is here to provide you with the knowledge base to take these decisions as an informed and thoughtful consumer.  We know you will have questions on terms and conditions, interest rates, and repayment plans. Once you have received your admissions letter, you will have access to our Sources of Financial Aid page, which is an excellent resource to compare funding options and research any pre-existing criteria.

Typically funding a postgraduate or masters programme in the UK can be challenging. Although we have our fair share of high earners before joining the School, this certainly doesn’t apply to everyone that has been successful in gaining admission. We also do encourage you to save as much as possible for living expenses before attending.

Approximately, 67% of our MBA2014 class received some form of financial aid. This included funding from loan schemes in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and Norway, School scholarships, external scholarships, grants for military service members and company sponsorships.

We also have scholarships available for our Masters in Management, Masters in Financial Analysis, Executive MBA and Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy programmes.

We participate in Prodigy Finance, Future Finance, the US Federal student loan programme, Sallie Mae, and the Canadian student loan programme. Other sources of funding available to our students include Professional Career and Development Loans, Veterans Affairs and the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme.

Beginning for academic year 2016-17, UK citizens will have access to the new postgraduate loan programme for masters study. The financial aid office will provide additional information on this scheme as it becomes available.

 

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Our goal at London Business School is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. We understand the level of financial commitment required to attend one of our programmes. We also believe that by providing you with access to these funding programmes it brings you a step closer to realising your potential as a member of the London Business School community.


On Wednesday I hosted a webinar on “The MiF Student Experience” with Daniel Needleman (MiF FT2016), Linda Li (MiF PT2017) and Alex Petterson (our Admissions Administrator) speaking.

After a short presentation about the Programme content, we went on to a lively Q+A session where the students answered questions about their studies and life outside the classroom.  They both spoke with great enthusiasm about their experience to date so if you want to know what it’s like to be a MiF student at LBS, this webinar is well worth a visit.

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Out in Business represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the School and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

With nearly 500 student, alumni, faculty and staff members, OiB is one of the strongest and most active clubs on campus and a real tribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and respect.

We organise social events throughout the year, arrange career events connecting LGBTQI students with employers who seek out talent and create inclusive workplaces, and act as the champion for LGBTQI issues at LBS.  LBS is a very open and welcoming community, and we encourage you to reach out to us even if you think you may not be entirely comfortable being out at School.

Recently I introduced an OiB Webinar for potential applicants and new students with Nick Deakin (MBA 2017), Vincent Yin (MBA 2016), Alberto Padilla Rivera (MBA 2017), Camila Rondinini (MiM 2015) and Tom Byam-Cook (EMBA 2016) speaking.  You can view a transcript here: https://london-edu.adobeconnect.com/p4iee1zt6y9/

The Club is also proud to announce that LBS is the first European school to join the Reaching Out Fellowship Scheme, and is awarding a £20k scholarship to support diversity. More details under ‘scholarships open to all’ at https://www.london.edu/education-and-development/masters-courses/mba/fees-financing-and-scholarships

For details of EurOUT – our annual flagship conference – see: http://www.eurout.biz/

For more information on OiB see http://clubs.london.edu/oib/about/

For more information on our activities, do reach out to us!

Peter Johnson, Staff Sponsor, Out in Business


March was the month of the last core block week for EMBAG2017 students who started the programme in May 2015. They spent a week together in New York, at Columbia Business School. They have 11 months of intense studying and travelling behind them.

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Although this was an emotional week for all the students, it was no exception to the previous block weeks and their schedules were filled with lectures, guest speakers and networking events.

On the first day of the week students took part in a web conference which was organised with General David Petraeus, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He discussed his assignments and decision making processes in the Middle East in 2011.

Other lunchtime conferences during the week included topics around entrepreneurship, venture capital and change in workplace.

Columbia Business School in partnership with the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants and BlueSteps – an executive career consultancy firm – hosted an executive search panel event. The moderator was Brian Glade, Managing Director (Americas and Governance) from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. The panel was constituted of Sandra Kozlowski, Principal at Korn Ferry; Mary Matthews, Managing Partner at Stanton Chase; Warren Wasp, President at WTW Associates and Charles Watson, Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates. The panel discussed hints and tips about how to best interact with recruiters.

Current EMBA-Global students, alumni and friends of the CBS community had the opportunity to attend the networking even afterwards.

To mark this memorable week, students and staff celebrated in style with an end of term dinner party held on the Hudson River bank. Gowns and black tie attires were required! A DJ took care of the animation and humorous awards were attributed to the class. No better event could have sent off the students to the electives part of their programme.

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Interviews are a key component of how we assess candidates for our degree programmes. They provide us a chance to get to know the individual and bring an application to life. At the foremost we are looking for aptitude, personality and passion.

For candidates not used to interviewing they can be a nerve-wracking process but they are an important skillset to master for anyone embarking on a professional career. In my opinion, nerves can be positive as they can help keep you engaged and alert to the questions but also indicate your ambition for progressing past the interview.

Below, I have shared five key points that you should consider when approaching interviews. They are more easily said than done, but if you can keep them in mind they will go a long way to ensuring you project the best side of yourself.

I regularly evaluate candidates for our Early Career Programmes at London Business School and these views have been formulated from the many candidates I have interviewed.  I hope having read this, you will find it useful and it can have a positive impact on your interview technique.

 

1. Be natural.

Showcase your personality. An interviewer is assessing not only your calibre for the programme but also how you will fit into the community. Engage in conversation before or after the formal assessment and show your passion and interest in what you are being interviewed for. It will put you at ease and also the answers you provide will come across as genuine. It is easy to judge when someone is not being their true self.

2. Be an open book.

Shutting yourself off and only providing short answers will leave the interviewer unsatisfied at the lack of information being provided. You want to allow the interview to flow naturally from question to question. If you cannot show learnings or achievements from your actions then the interview can turn into a back and forth that will not leave a good impression.

Be willing to share and provide insights into your experiences and ensure to link your answers back to question in hand.  If you have a particular method for formulating your answers take a breath before you start and think through where you want to start and end.

3. Stand your ground.

Don’t be afraid to stick to your convictions. Changing your viewpoint to satisfy an interviewer only showcases a lack of belief. A well-thought-out position, defended well, is more impressive than simply agreeing with a different view. However show that you can adapt to advice/feedback and be flexible in your views.

A good example is when thinking about your career goals. It is important to have aspirations and goals but if you cannot show the rationale behind them this becomes a weak rather than a strong attribute. Connect the dots between your past achievements and how these can be a barometer for your potential success. Research alternative possibilities and solutions to a challenge and consider other viewpoints to highlight your adaptability and agility to recognise that there may be alternate ways to achieve your goal.

4. Know your application and audience.

Too many times candidates have not thought about the points they have made in essays/statements. Any information you provide can be explored in an interview. It may be a minor achievement on your CV but if you haven’t thought about why and how you did something and what you achieved/learned, you may get caught out.

Equally, know and research the organisation (the school) that you are interviewing with. Show to them that you understand their vision, values and attributes. Without this knowledge you will never truly be able to demonstrate your suitability.

5. Answer the question asked.

A cardinal mistake is providing an answer for a different question. You may have thought about the key points you want to make beforehand but they don’t need to be laid down at the first chance. There will be always time across the interview to emphasis the key areas you want to put across.

I like to think of interviews like a chess game albeit one where the opposition wins. If you start off with all the moves you have very early on, it becomes easy for your opponent to break you down later in the game.  By focusing on each individual move you will be able to achieve the end result.

 

Finally, try and relax in an interview. Get a feel for the environment you are in, know your audience and ask questions at the end! Your final minutes of an interview will have a long-lasting impression and you want them to be positive.

I wish you best of luck in any future interviews.


One of the most fulfilling parts of our work in the Admissions Team is knowing how much the MBA is going to change our students’ lives. This is especially true for the many students who join us looking to make a career shift from non-business backgrounds. Although such candidates have a lot more work to do, especially in the first year core courses such as accounting and finance, taking the longer route within a 15-21 month MBA programme enables students to make some big career transitions. To see their educational progression and growth is fantastic. And as you will read in the following piece, Portia moving from the BBC to McKinsey & Co is a great example of that!

 

Portia Williams: From broadcast to the boardroom!

“I was working as a broadcast journalist at the BBC in London. I had been a journalist for almost seven years, mostly focusing on news and current affairs across the Middle East and North Africa.

I wanted a new challenge and found that the opportunities offered by business school really appealed to me.  I was also impressed by the experience of my some of my peers who took MBAs and by their personal development during and following the course.

It’s unusual to even consider applying to business school without experience in industries like finance or consulting or an academic background in disciplines like business or engineering, all of which are already very male-dominated.  This means that a lot of great potential candidates don’t even consider applying.

To women considering business school, I’d say, be open-minded!  There’s so much out there when you start thinking about business.  Just because you didn’t study commerce or haven’t worked at a bank doesn’t mean that you won’t have an amazing experience at business school or that there aren’t fantastic professional opportunities out there for you as a result of having done a course like this. London Business School is a great place for women to study.  There are some really inspiring and supportive women here both among the student body and in the faculty. 

I’ve really enjoyed the learning component.  The MBA has taught me a lot in terms of academic content but even more importantly, it’s altered my outlook.  I now think about problems in a completely different way to how I did before starting this course.  I’ve also really enjoyed making lots of new friends!  It’s a real privilege to be able to study with so many impressive, energetic and fun people from around the world.

One of my academic highlights was an elective course called “Leading Teams and Organisations”.  Each of the sessions involved interactive workshops with different groups of classmates from different programmes.  It was an extraordinary shared learning experience that I don’t think you could replicate outside of the MBA classroom.

Negotiation and bargaining with Dr Lisa Shu transformed the way I approached negotiating by helped me to think about potential conflicts in a completely different and much more positive light.  Taking part in simulated negotiation situations with our classmates each week meant we could try out different tactics and approaches in what felt like a safe environment.

Being part of the TELL Series Committee allowed me to meet with a number of extremely successful and very inspiring European entrepreneurs and to hear their stories first hand.  It was also a great way to get to know other students from outside of my stream and programme.

I went on the 2015 trip to Moscow and St Petersburg.  I’d wanted to visit Russia for as long as I can remember but had been waiting until I had the chance to go with Russians.  It was fantastic to be able to get their insights into life there and experience the country with them.

My Global Business Experience was in South Africa.  We spent a week doing a really fascinating project working with micro-entrepreneurs in the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg.  It was interesting and challenging in equal parts.  We also got to learn about the history of South Africa while we were there through trips and lectures and about what’s happening with business and the economy through visits to various businesses there.

I am currently on exchange at NYU’s Leonard Stern School of Management in New York.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to spend four months living and studying in a different country. Upon graduation I’m going to join McKinsey and Company as a consultant in their London office.  It’s a role I’m looking forward to and one I don’t think I would have even considered if it hadn’t been for going to LBS.”


I am fortunate to read a lot of excellent applications from very strong MBA candidates. But sometimes we come across amazing people who are going to change the world for the better.

When I first read Crystal’s application, I knew she was one of those people. It is really important for us that we have professionals in the class from all walks of life. Consultants, bankers and engineers are at the heart of every class. But people like Crystal and our students with medical backgrounds whose work saves lives, help to make the London Business School MBA community the very special place it is.

We are building a strong focus on healthcare through a range of different activities at London Business School.

I was delighted to see the introduction of a new healthcare elective last year. ‘Managing Healthcare’ is taught by a team of the School’s expert faculty, visiting faculty and guest speakers. The course summary states: “With increased demand and pressure to reduce costs, healthcare delivery systems across the globe are under pressure to find ways to increase quality and widen access, while simultaneously reducing cost. The aim of the course is to explore the challenges these competing goals create and to throw light on how they can be best managed. In so doing the course seeks to identify opportunities in health care for managers, entrepreneurs and policy makers. This course draws substantially from the research and consulting expertise of the team of instructors teaching it.”

As well as that elective students like Crystal have access to electives at partner schools, such as Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing & Life Science at University College London.

Crystal is President of the School’s Healthcare Club. With over 3000 student, alumni & staff members, the club is one of the largest and most active professional clubs on campus. Their activities encompass all Life Sciences areas including healthcare provision, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals & medical technology. Members of the Healthcare Club are active in a wide range of sectors including entrepreneurship, industry, consulting, banking, venture capital & private equity.

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Crystal Ruff – ‘The best decision I’ve ever made’

“Prior to joining the MBA programme I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University Hospital Network in Toronto, Canada. Although it was an exciting time for my field, it was becoming increasingly evident that a PhD would not be enough to progress to where I wanted to go. It was clear that the future of medicine lies at the junction between business and commercialization skills and the technological know-how.

As a woman deciding to go to business school there are very specific barriers. Gender balance is still not evenly represented in the MBA class – although I think this year at LBS, my study group was the first amongst business schools to have more women than men!  It can also be more difficult for women to penetrate the traditional “boys clubs” and we also face certain unconscious biases and stereotypes in the professional world. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8gz-jxjCmg)

But here at LBS, we are working to change that.  The school is working very hard to foster an empowering environment that supports both men and women in their business dreams, and it is really reflected in the amazing and diverse student body that we can boast of.

My advice to women would be: Do it! Jump in with both feet! It will be the best decision you ever made. London Business School is one of the most gender balanced of all the major universities.  We have thriving Women in Business Club that has both men and women members and events. We are diverse and inclusive at the school – boasting 90% international students.  Actually, we recently even broke a Guinness world record surrounding this – “most different nationalities singing a popular music song”.  That is a typical Friday here – LBS has literally made many of its women (and men too!) Guinness World Record holders.

And then there’s the location. London is an amazing city and was one of the primary reasons I chose the School.  Where else in the world can you nip out to Regent’s Park on your lunch hour for a picnic, go see the Rosetta Stone at your local museum and then go meet C-Suite Business, finance and industry leaders in the afternoon?  There are no other cities in the world as internationally renowned as London and it makes the LBS experience even richer.

The most enjoyable part of my experience has definitely been the friends I’ve met and the networking.  You can learn business skills anywhere, but at the end of the day, what really counts is your network. I have an army of the smartest, most successful people in the world behind me.  Where can you NOT go, what door is NOT unlocked by the LBS key?

My favourite courses by far have been in organisational behaviour.  Time and time again, when I meet the most senior leaders, I always have a habit of asking them “what do you wish you knew at my age?” and without fail – they all say… “Technical skills can only get you so far – if you want to be a senior leader, you MUST learn to manage people as well as do your tasks”.  These courses prepare you for that.

Along with one other colleague, I am President of this year’s Healthcare Club. This year, we have seen the club grow in number and scope, we have introduced three new officers and several jobs in response to student demand, and have also instituted the first ever Advisory Board to help ensure the future of the club. We’ve been able to get amazing speakers, such as the CEOs of BUPA, Johnson and Johnson, Chairman of the NHS, and other C-Level executives that I would have never have dreamed of meeting otherwise in my wildest dreams!  The LBS Brand has really opened doors that I hadn’t thought were possible!

If you decide to study your MBA at LBS, take advantage of the Treks – I have been to Turkey, Ireland, Prague, Hiking in Ben Nevis, to Paris, Bangkok, Cambodia and Spain.  My passport looks like a child’s colouring book with all of the colourful stamps.  There is just nowhere else in the world that you could nip off to Croatia for the weekend (forgot that one) or Moscow for a quick shopping visit.  It is truly an international hub!”

 


The Women in Business Club strives to celebrate and advance women’s leadership in business. It is one of the largest and most active clubs on campus. With more than 500 student members and 60 events per year, the club provides excellent networking, skills development and recruitment opportunities. The club strives for an inclusive conversation about gender equality in business, inviting both men and women to take part in the conversation. Over the past year, the Women in Business Club has organised: recruitment events, personal development workshops, career panels, networking and social events as well as the annual flagship event: the LBS Women in Business Conference.

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Carola Gruenert, Women in Business Club, Co-President

Carola Gruenert: LBS is as a place where you are respected and challenged in your views and thinking!

“Throughout my studies, I have been an active member of the LBS Women in Business Club Executive Committee. Currently, in my second year, I am Co-President of the club and lead an Executive Committee of more than 30 men and women who shape the agenda of the club. 

As member of the ExCo and as Club Co-President I have had the chance to set up events that cater to the club member’s and my own interest: Bringing speakers to campus to talk about their experience and share their insights, as well as connecting the students across programmes. This year, we made a significant contribution to making the conversation about women empowerment and advancement more inclusive, including men in the conversation. We now have men in the ExCo and launched a ManBassador programme.

Taking on a leadership position as a Club President, allowed me to work on my management and leadership style. I was able to execute my ideas and have an impact on the school community. Also, it enabled me to meet even more members of the School community and broaden my network.

I am also a peer leader at LBS. As a peer leader, I support fellow students who seek a career in Management Consulting in preparing them for the recruiting process. The one-on-one coaching and mock-interview sessions that I hold have been a great experience for me. On the one hand I had the chance to build meaningful relationships with classmates who I otherwise have not met, and on the other hand I could work on my interviewing and coaching skills and learn from the people I work with. To me, the peer leader programme is only one example of the strong LBS community. We are all at LBS to learn, develop and seek new opportunities. While at times, we are perhaps competing against each other for the same job opportunities, the support that you receive from your classmates and the broader LBS community and alumni prevails.

London Business School is a great place to study for everyone. Given the diversity of the school – no country is represented by more than 10% – no one feels like a minority. This holds true for nationalities as well as gender. From my experience, I would recommend LBS as a place where you are respected and challenged in your views and thinking. Where everyone can grow and develop and find their niche. Whether you are into Organizational Behaviour classes or prefer something more tangible like Finance classes, you can tailor your curriculum to your interests.

I have to admit that before coming to LBS I had the pre-conception of MBA students being super self-confident, extrovert and having strong opinions. It was a nice surprise to see that actually the students in my class are a balanced mix of introverts and extroverts, and no opinion dominates the discussions, given that we all come from different professional backgrounds and countries. For me, this makes a great learning environment.

Pre-MBA I was a Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman in Munich, Germany. I was a generalist and worked for clients across Europe. I am returning to Oliver Wyman in Munich post MBA as a Management Consultant (project manager) focusing on consulting projects in the retail sector. In the long term I seek to build a portfolio career, keeping management consulting as a substantial part of my portfolio of activities.

In Germany, a Masters degree is highly valued and almost seen as necessary for a successful career. When I finished my Bachelors studies in General Management, I was eager to start working and see “the real world”.  I didn’t see the benefit of studying a Masters degree at that time and decided to embark on a career in Management Consulting and return to business school after a few years of work experience . The idea of studying real cases and with students who all had seen “the real world” fascinated me. As my first commitment towards my goal, I took the GMAT – with the GMAT being valid for 5 years, this gave me some flexibility on when I would do the MBA and the confidence of already having completed one of the challenges of getting into a top business school.

A few years later, I was ready for my career break and eager to do an MBA. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to go abroad and develop my personal skills before transitioning into a manager. The MBA also allowed me time to think about my long term career plans.

It is not a secret that pursuing an MBA is a substantial financial investment. It is an experience and investment that I consider totally worthwhile, but also a decision that one should think through. I think women potentially see this financial investment as a barrier, especially when considering starting a family in the near future.

However, I see the hurdle in making it into a top business school like LBS more challenging than setting up the financing. There are a lot of scholarships available for women in your home country as well as through LBS. Student loans are available as well as firm sponsorships, well paid internships or part-time jobs which you can do during your studies can also contribute to your financing.

In addition, the flexible length of the MBA programme at LBS allows you to get back to work after only 15 months or 18 months, which also reduces the financial burden significantly.”


We were introduced to Nono Mkhondo as the partner of a student in our MBA2014 class. We were all so impressed with her involvement in the School community even then, through her work with the Africa Club. Although delighted that she was an active member of the School community as a partner, we knew that Nono was exactly the kind of person we wanted as a student in the London Business School MBA class. It’s unusual, but not unknown for us to see couples both doing the MBA. We know it adds extra pressure on the family finances, which is why we were delighted that Nono was awarded the Mo Ibrahim African Scholarship, a merit based award for our highest potential African students. Nono has been at the heart of some of the most important and active student clubs and events in her time here and will, I’m sure, go on to be an amazing alumna with a wonderful career.

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My MBA: The beginning of a lifetime journey, by Nono Mkhondo

“Prior to my MBA I was Senior Corporate Finance Analyst for Anglo American, based in London. After almost five years in corporate M&A, I started to think about how I could broaden my experience to better position myself for a general management role in the long term. My decision to study an MBA was largely influenced by feedback that I received from friends and family that had completed MBAs about their experiences and the impact the MBA had on their careers. It became apparent to me that it was the right time for me to embark on an MBA to facilitate a career transition before I became too specialised in my industry.

Even though my husband had already done an MBA, I wondered how an MBA would affect our joint goals as a couple. I was concerned about the impact taking two years out of work would have on my career momentum, on my marriage and the timing of my decision to start a family. Since starting the programme, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of women I have met with children or who have decided to start families during the MBA.

The structure of the LBS MBA provides the necessary flexibility and environment is very supportive. It is definitely possible to have a fulfilling and enriching MBA experience while simultaneously balancing family commitments. There is a high representation of women so you never feel “alone” in any setting and the women I have met on the programme have been an instrumental part of my MBA experience and have inspired me in many ways. The MBA has made me more confident in my own abilities and given me a great platform to learn, grow and experiment in a safe environment.

London is an amazing location for an MBA programme. From a professional development perspective, we have access to business leaders and experts and the ability to network with potential employers on an on-going basis (not merely during recruiting season). It is the perfect gateway to explore the world. The treks and my Global Business Experience (GBE) have been an important part of my development and social experience.

I love the culture of London Business School. It is small and intimate enough for me to develop meaningful relationships with students, alumni and staff-alike and people are generally open-minded and accessible. There are real opportunities to make a difference and have an impact in the community and beyond. 

My GBE was an amazing experience. I was particularly impressed by Rajesh Chandy, who facilitated the Mumbai / Pune visit. He was engaging, extremely knowledgeable and insightful but also sensitive and entertaining – a winning combination!

I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to a number of professional and social clubs. These experiences enabled me to engage with students from other programmes and learn to work efficiently and collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams. I also got the chance to experiment with different leadership styles while developing my leadership capabilities. Some examples include, defining the panel and sourcing speakers for the Women in Business Club’s 2015 Conference, sourcing keynotes for the 2015 Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference and as Club Co President for the Africa Club, I was involved with the overall strategy, sponsorship, fundraising, conferences and alumni relations.

Upon graduation, I will be joining Goldman Sachs as Associate in their Investment Banking Division in London. This represents a change in career from Industry to professional services and a change in Industry from Mining to Consumer and Retail.”

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“Finding out that I’d received the Mo Ibrahim African Scholarship was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life. It was extremely humbling.”