Whether you are at the crucial research stage or in the process of applying for our MBA programme, the Recruitment Team at London Business School (LBS) can offer you a wealth of support.
1. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH INTO THE MBA PROGRAMME
We understand that it can take weeks, months and even at times years, for candidates to decide on whether to do an MBA and which school to choose.
Therefore we are here to answer any questions or queries you may have concerning the LBS MBA programme. We can send you further details or any information requested to help you understand all the great features and benefits of the programme. We will share with you, what we look for in an MBA candidate. It is advised to start your research by looking at our recently updated MBA brochure.
2. WE CAN HELP YOU BY REVIEWING YOUR CV
Secondly we can help decipher whether the MBA will be the best programme for you based on your experience. We do this by conducting an informal CV review.
This is not an admissions decision, rather a tailored advice based on reviewing your academic and professional background. Admission is based on the whole application.
3. WE CAN ARRANGE 1-TO-1 CONSULTATION MEETINGS OR PHONE CHATS
Having a phone conversation or meeting you in person will give us an opportunity to offer you tailored advice and support that will help you to submit a competitive application.
We also hold informal MBA drop-in sessions on campus, where you can talk to a member of the Admissions Team and our Student Ambassadors. These events take place every Monday and Friday (beginning promptly at 14:30) and last one hour, and include Q&A and campus tour (weather permitting). There is no need to register in advance, simply report to our main Reception at around 14:20. We also have monthly information sessions on campus where you can meet the MBA Recruitment and Admissions Team, together with current MBA students and MBA Alumni. We also hold international information sessions; to find out which city we are visiting next, visit our website.
4. WE WILL GIVE YOU THE NECESSARY APPLICATION GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
Whether that’s reminding you of the upcoming deadline dates, giving you some top tips on how to strengthen your application or sending you more information on the requirements for the programme; we are here to help you submit a strong application. We advise you to take a look at the recently published essay questions.
At all points right up until you submit an application, we are happy to help you begin your journey to becoming a successful student on the next class!
Get the conversation started today! Our email address is email@example.com.
As a student at London Business School, there will be a number of opportunities for you to get involved in Competitions. These are fantastic ways to apply some of the theories explored in the classroom, and really showcase your knowledge, creativity and expertise in a particular area.
Types of Competitions
There are a variety of competitions available for you to participate in spanning various industries and requiring different skill sets. The main types are;
- Case Competitions: students compete to develop the best solution to a business case study within an allocated time frame. Examples include The Economist International MBA Case Study Competition and Roland Berger International MBA Case Competition
- Business Plan Competitions: These are great opportunities for entrepreneurs who already have a business idea but haven’t got round to exploring its feasibility. These quite often involve an element of pitching as well.
- Hackathons: usually associated with computer programmers and designers, but what better way to get a business off the ground in a short period of time than to bring those technically gifted individuals together with talented business students, then splitting them into teams and making them compete. We are very fortunate to have our very own LBS Hackathon which is open to the entire London coding community as well as LBS students from all its programmes.
Why you might want to get involved
As well as the opportunity to practise your skills and apply your expertise to what are often real life problems, the competitions are a fantastic opportunity to learn through doing and to network with industry leaders, as well as students from across LBS and other top business schools.
You will more than likely be in teams, so you can learn from your teammates. Your competitors will also be of a high calibre so you can expect to learn from them too. Most competitions are officiated by a prestigious judging panel that provide you with feedback on your work based on their years of experience, thus providing you with a further opportunity to learn. The judges and sponsors of these competitions quite often represent potential employers.
Competitions also offer various prizes and recognition to the winning team, however it is really the taking part that counts as the experience is often invaluable.
Competitions based at LBS
Another exciting aspect of competitions at LBS is that we have our own set of established events which that you can help organise. Therefore you get to see the whole process from the other side, giving you a totally different experience.
This will often involve working directly with faculty and other leading industry experts to shape the competition and enlisting them to help judge and deliver the final event.
You also work in teams to deliver a world class initiative, so it’s a great opportunity to practice and develop those skill sets, such as leadership, communication and managing a highly talented group of individuals.
Examples of home grown competitions include;
- The London HealthTech Challenge: a business idea competition hosted by the LBS Healthcare Club along with London Business School, the University College London, and the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- Cinven Private Equity Case Competition: ran as part of the LBS PEVC Club Annual Conference. 2015 was its inaugural year the competition brings together students from the world’s top business schools to evaluate and provide recommendations for a proposed private equity buyout.
- The Stock Pitch Competition: ran by the LBS Investment Management Club, students benefit from the experience of pitching stocks. The winning stock is then purchased by the Student Investment Fund, and the winning student is invited to join the Investment Committee of the fund.
Whether participating in or organising a competition, the experience can be very rewarding and provide you with some great moments whilst on your chosen programme.
In April of this year MBA2017 students Otar Dgebuadze, Francesca Gala, Marek Sandrik, Ilaria Di Mattia and Giorgio Podda won the SDA Bocconi International Competition in Finance held at Milan.
LBS team “Rickshaw Finance” which included LBS PHD Student Amrita Kundu won Second Place and £17,435 in the 2016 MBA Impact Investing Networking and Training (MIINT) competition held at Wharton.
LBS’s first ever IMPACTathon event involved 80 participants working hard to support and deliver solutions for social entrepreneurs tackling real social issues.
‘I thought it was absolutely brilliant to see so many students give up their weekend and deliver such high quality projects for the social enterprises in the room. We had a few social enterprises specifically say that these students have done for them what they’ve been trying to do in 18 months in the space of a weekend’ - Natasha Malpani, Big Society Capital
Whether you’re at the crucial research stage or in the process of applying for our Executive MBA London (EMBA) programme, the Recruitment Team can offer you a wealth of support.
1. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH INTO THE EMBA PROGRAMME
We understand that it can take weeks, months and even at times years, for candidates to decide on whether to embark on an EMBA and which school to choose.
Therefore we are here to answer any questions or queries you may have concerning the EMBA programme at London Business School (LBS). We can send you further details or any information requested to help you understand all of the great features and benefits that our EMBA has to offer. Simultaneously, we will share with you, what we look for in an EMBA candidate.
At this crucial research stage, we can aid you in differentiating between programmes. For example you may be deciding between the EMBA or our full-time MBA; we can help you understand the key differences and similarities between our programmes and which one might best suit your needs.
2. WE CAN HELP YOU BY REVIEWING YOUR CV
Secondly we can help decipher whether the EMBA will be the best programme for you based on your experience. We do this by conducting an informal CV review.
This is not an admissions decision, rather tailored advice based on reviewing your academic and professional background.
We also work very closely with the Recruitment and Admissions teams from the other programmes in our portfolio. So if we feel you may that your profile is better suited to another programme, we will put you in touch with the right person.
3. WE CAN ARRANGE 1-1 CONSULTATION MEETINGS OR PHONE CHATS
Having a phone conversation or one-to-one meeting will give us an opportunity to offer you tailored advice and support that will help you to submit a competitive application.
We also hold monthly information sessions on Campus where you can meet the EMBA Recruitment and Admissions Teams in person together with current EMBA students and alumni.
4. WE WILL GIVE YOU THE NECESSARY APPLICATION GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
Whether that’s reminding you of the upcoming application deadlines, giving you some top tips on how to strengthen your application or sending you more information on the programme requirements; we are here to help you submit a strong application as smoothly as possible. We can also send you an application checklist which contains useful information on requirements such as the GMAT or the Executive Assessment and also details of our fast track application process.
At all points right up until you submit an application, the EMBA Recruitment Team is here and happy to help you begin your journey to becoming a successful student on the next class!
Get the conversation started today! Start your EMBA journey by getting in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Jane Charlton (Director of the MiF programme), Sean Garman, MIF PT2015 (Leveraged Finance at Lloyds Banking Group), Ivelina Delcheva, MIF PT2016 (Strategy and Risk at BNP Paribas) to learn more about the MiF Part-Time programme at London Business School. I will be moderating the panel discussion, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions about the curriculum, the classroom experience, work/study balance, student life at LBS etc.
6 July Webinar: Spotlight on the Part-time Masters in Finance (19.00-20.00 London time zone)
To attend this online event, please sign up here
If you are thinking of studying the Sloan MSc or have already received an offer, funding is one of your priorities.
I would like to remind you that London Business School offers a generous range of scholarships that cover partly or fully the tuition fees of the Sloan MSc. Some scholarships will automatically consider all candidates who accepted their offer whereas other scholarships require an application with various criteria. Ensure you visit our website for all the details about the below scholarships:
- 50th Anniversary Scholarship
- Sloan Philip Langsdale Scholarship
- Sloan Awards
- Sloan MSc Women’s Scholarship
- Sloan Alumni Scholarship
- The Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship
- The Gallifrey Scholarship for Social Enterprise
- The David Pyott Scholarship
Please note that you can submit applications for as many scholarships as you consider yourself to be eligible for.
Good luck with your applications, and remember: you won’t get if you don’t give it a try!
On Saturday 4 June we were delighted to host our first Executive MBA (EMBA) Women’s Brunch on campus. The event was hosted by Julia Marsh, Executive Director for Leadership Programmes at London Business School; it provided a great platform for current students, alumnae and guests to network, discuss ideas and learn about our Executive MBA programme.
Professor Tammy Erickson, a McKinsey Award-winning author, repeatedly ranked amongst the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, provided inspiring insights and discussed Leading Businesses into the Future, stimulating engaging discussions amongst participants, who represented a wide range of industries including technology, consulting, oil and gas, finance and entrepreneurship.
One of our values at London Business School is that we draw strength and ideas from our diversity and one of our aims is to help more women transform their careers by developing their leadership potential, equipping them with the skills, expertise and network that our Executive MBA programme offers. This year’s EMBA cohort consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates of 32% adding to the programme’s already rich diversity.
The next intake for the Executive MBA London and Dubai programme is September 2016. For more information about the application process and the deadlines please visit our website. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again. When the London Business School campus welcomes MBA admitted candidates into the LBS community. This year, we had over 150 MBA2018s and their partners attend a wide array of events showcasing the incredible city of London as well as the MBA programme’s offerings.
The first day of Welcome Weekend consisted of engaging presentations from our Career Centre, the MBA programme team and Student Ambassadors. Additionally, two of our world-class faculty members, Professor Rajesh Chandy and associate Professor Daniel Effron, led interactive lectures filled with lively debates. Following a day of engaging sessions and ‘Speed Networking’, admits and partners experienced their first evening Sundowners, an LBS tradition. MBA2018s then danced the night away to a live performance by ‘No Donuts for Hilda’, an LBS alumni band.
A highlight of the weekend included the ‘Entrepreneurship Session’ where we learned about an MBA2015 and his children’s literacy initiative, Pobble. Also featured in the session was MBA2015 student Graeme Burns, who talked about the student initiative, London Entrepreneurship Review.
Congratulations on your acceptance into the class of MBA2018 admits!
We look forward to seeing you soon at Orientation in August.
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!
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!