Welcome to our admissions blog! If you are reading this, you might currently be considering applying to one of our Degree Programmes. To help make this process as easy as possible, we have laid out six different ways in which the recruitment team can help you through your application journey.
1. CV reviews: This is the recommended first step for anyone considering an application to any of our degree programmes at London Business School. Whether you are committed to applying in the current recruitment cycle, or if you have just started thinking about London Business School, each degree programme has a team you can get in touch with to have your CV checked, and who can help ensure that you are thinking about applying to the right programme for your profile!
2. Phone consultations: Once we have reviewed your CV and identified the programme best suited to your needs, we would be more than happy to schedule a phone call to cover all the questions and queries you may have, and to help guide you through the application process. This can also help you put into place a realistic time frame for your application.
3. One-to-one consultations on campus and worldwide: If you are based in London, why not book a one-to-one consultation with a member of the recruitment and admissions team on campus? This would be a great opportunity to come to us and get a true feel of the atmosphere and campus life. If you don’t have plans to visit London in the near future, our team is often on the road, follow their progress on our events page to get the chance to meet members of the admissions team somewhere near you.
4. Meet us at an event in the UK and worldwide: Whether it is a GMAT conference, the QS World MBA Tour in Dubai or Cairo, L’Etudiant Fair in Paris or the E-Fellows fair in Frankfurt, our team represents LBS at events all over the world, giving you the chance to meet us in a convenient location for you. All you need to do is go on our website and register for an upcoming event. We also run a variety of online webinars, which are accessible at any time via our website.
5. Connect you with student ambassadors and/or alumni: By this stage in your application journey, you have identified which programme to apply to, collected all the relevant information regarding your particular programme, the admissions process and the School in general. You might even have started writing your application. We have shared our application tips and all the information we have regarding our programmes but you want to hear first-hand about the benefits of studying at London Business School. Check out the class profile for your particular programme, and identify a student you would be interested in speaking with to learn about their experiences at LBS. We will then do the rest and help put the two of you together!
6. Class visit opportunities: You have now almost finished your application and are aiming for the next deadline, however you may need help with that final bit of motivation to complete and submit your application! Speak to us about potentially sitting in on a class, and experience in real time a class led by world-class faculty. (N.B currently this is not available for our early career applicants) Get the conversation started today! Start your application journey by getting in touch with us!
When you apply to business school, you may find yourself facing this age-old problem: how do I make my CV stand out from the competition? In 2014, our colleague Jamie Wright from the Early Career Programmes Team shared her views on how to write a winning CV which included keeping it concise, current, accurate, and gap-free. In this companion piece, let’s look at more tips helping you create a lasting impact on your readers, the Admissions Committee members.
1. It’s also about ‘THEM’
Logic dictates that a CV would be ‘all about you’ but it’s not quite so simple. Remember that CVs are written for someone else to read so you want to take into consideration your audience’s needs and the kind of information your reader wants to find.
Member of the Admissions Committee will ask themselves:
. Are you a capable student? Do you have the academics, skills, and knowledge needed to cope with the programme?
. Will you be a successful student? Will you have the right drive to get results? Are you providing evidence of taking positions of responsibility? Are you motivated to do well?
. Will you fit in? Are you well-rounded? Are you showcasing activities that will make you a contributing team member? Do you come across as genuine?
Thinking first of your readers’ expectations will help you tailor your messaging more effectively.
2. It’s about RELEVANCE
The recruiter’s perspective is that many CVs and cover letters appear mass-produced and generic: “Students need to include information that helps to differentiate them and demonstrates their motivation.” Every CV you send should be individually tailored to its audience.
My advice is to write up a full list of all of your projects, skills, and experiences on a blueprint CV. Use this list to pick and choose which elements should feature more prominently on your final iteration (without creating time gaps or omitting important information).
Do decide which achievements are truly significant to your audience.
Is a swimming competition won as a child crucially important information? You may want to highlight more recent examples of success instead. Could a three-month, stellar extra-curricular project previously omitted from your CV actually be of interest? Always showcase your more pertinent experiences.
Universally in-demand skills, such as analytical, inter-personal, teamwork, leadership, and creativity skills should always be featured. Once you’ve assessed what the audience needs to hear, add more relevant elements based on the specific soft skills, hard knowledge, technical aptitude, and commercial awareness you possess.
Do provide actual evidence and examples. It’s never enough to say “I am a good communicator, I am a leader” on your CV; let your achievements speak for themselves instead. You want to highlight specific projects or internships within your sector of interest, examples of challenges or risks undertaken, international exposure gained, languages spoken, etc.
3. It’s about CLARITY
Did you know that many employers use scanning software to ‘read’ CVs because they receive so many applications that using human eyes would be counter-productive? Recruiters told us the “best applications are structured and succinct.” This applies to business school applications as well. Your CV should be easy to read at a quick glance to capture our human attention and keywords and achievements should pop from the page.
To achieve this, you should:
Feature measurable achievements and quantify experience: use amounts or percentages to establish targets and assess results. “Designed a social media campaign which helped increase our customer base by 8% over three months” is more effective in demonstrating accomplishments than “participated in a social media project.”
Use ‘action verbs’ to showcase your personal contributions. Don’t forget to highlight your own input, initiatives, and innovations. What did you increase, decrease, implement, produce, report, create, support or develop?Simply emphasise YOUR genuine added value and don’t just copy/paste the job description of your internship.
Keep the timeline easy to follow and the layout clean. Do use reverse chronological order (most recent first) in all sections, explain any time gaps, and give your exact internships dates. Saying you interned at Google in ‘July 2015’ is unclear: were you there for one, two, three weeks? At this level in your career, how much time has been spent in these experiences is important information. Do keep the CV layout simple: avoid photos (not needed in the UK), logos, links, and tables. Finally, do spell-check everything, from the name of your university to your email address.
Remember that your CV directly represents you as a successful student and an aspiring young professional so taking good care into crafting it will impress your audience.
Happy writing and we look forward to reading your impactful CVs!
After a year of reviewing applications, conducting interviews from both sides of the Atlantic, London Business School(LBS) and Columbia Business School(CBS), last week we finally welcomed the new EMBA-Global Americas & Europe class on campus.
This fantastic class of 73 students with an average age of 34 years represent 33 different nationalities, and have an average of 11 years of work experience. This intake also marks the highest number of female students (32%) we have had in a class so far.
The first day of Orientation, Sunday 8 May, was a beautiful summer day in London; perfect to kick off this very intensive week. The afternoon started with some refreshments and followed with inductions from both partner schools. Having drinks and dinner was the best way to complete this first day.
Richard Jolly from LBS and Paul Ingram from CBS were part of this first week of study respectively with their Executive Leadership and Leadership & Organisational Change classes. Students also got introduced to Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics and Managerial Statistics, just enough to get them straight into the academic part of the programme.
The EMBA-Global programme is highly collaborative and this first week was the time for students to meet their study groups. A study group usually consists of five individuals from different countries and industries. Throughout the programme they will surely share their ups and downs. After getting their hoodies, getting their photos taken and signing off their biographies for the class directory, study groups all went for dinner so they could better get to know each other.
The orientation week would not be complete without the famous closing dinner on the River Thames. Better known as the boat party, it was a great opportunity for the class to meet students from other leadership programmes including Sloan MSc and Executive MBA. One of the recurring comments among the guests was how diverse London Business School community is, and we are certainly proud of this.
See you in August EMBA-Global 2018s!
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.
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
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”