A very warm hello to everyone out there in the blogosphere! Before getting into my first post I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Jamie Wright and I am the Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager for the Masters in Management. I’ve been with programme since the first class joined in September 2009 and have had the delight of witnessing four incredibly talented, ambitious and successful classes enter and graduate from the programme. During that time I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting with many of you beyond London at events in locations including the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Italy, and Hong Kong, and hope to see those of you India during our trip in November.
As you follow our Admissions Blog you will find (we hope!) informative information that will support your journey as an applicant. But what happens once you submit your application, attend your interview, receive and accept your offer? You then join a 36,000 strong community of motivated, high achieving individuals who aim to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. But before you graduate from the School to leave your mark in the business world you will first enter into a journey, a journey that will make you consider who you are, what is important to you, what you want to achieve and how you will achieve this. And this journey begins with Orientation.
Two weeks ago on Thursday 6th September, the Masters in Management Class of 2014 began their London Business School journey with Orientation in London’s City Hall. This is the first year we have hosted Orientation off-campus, and let me tell you, it was spectacular! Set next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, with Canary Wharf in sight, City Hall is a perfect representation of what London is all about; the juxtaposition of the old against the new, the historic against the innovative.
Before going into what Orientation is like for the students I’d like to briefly tell you why Orientation is so important to me. Working in admissions we speak with, review and interview hundreds and hundreds of prospective students and applicants each year. One of the greatest joys for me working in this role is getting to see the journey of an applicant, and eventually student and then alumni. We know that you work extremely hard to achieve your dream of studying at LBS, and it’s such a thrill when we are able to see this dream become a reality. Being able to put faces to names when students arrive on that first day makes everything we do worth it, and working with the recently joined Class of 2014 has been, as ever, rewarding, and it was a true pleasure to be able to officially welcome them to community last week.
So on to Orientation. The day kicked-off with an introduction to the School by our Dean Sir Andrew Likierman, which was followed by keynote speaker Dame Amelia Fawcett. Dame Amelia, Chairman of the Hedge Fund Standards Board in London and Non-Executive Chairman of the Guardian Media Group plc., discussed the importance of principles in guiding your professional and personal lives, and how to commitment to these principles when trying to innovate and transform not just your career, but also yourself. These are ideas that students will be asked to explore not only as they begin to define what their careers will look like, but questions they will need to continue asking themselves as they look to develop over the course of their careers.
The remainder of the day consisted of networking, learning about the Student Association, faculty perspectives, and finally concluded with a MiM2013 alumni panel, where members of our recently graduated class discussed the realities of being a MiM – how to balance the school life versus personal life, how to reach out to those alumni who work at your dream company, how to survive Financial Accounting, and ultimately how to get out of the programme and School what you want.
And now the rigorous journey begins. A journey that will see students engaging in 10 modules, careers support, Global Immersion Field Trips, job applications, student treks, networking events, and personal development planning. The next nine months will be challenging and will require you to push yourself in ways you haven’t before. But most of all the next nine months will be rewarding. We often hear students tell us how the MiM is a transformational experience, on not just a professional, but also personal level. A one year programme may not seem like a great amount of time to transform who you are, and we don’t ask you to do this. This will come naturally as you discover your strengths and how you can apply these in your professional and personal lives. Ultimately the MiM will be what you make of it, and you will absolutely get out of it as much as you put in.
So, my question to you is: do you want to take this challenge? Do you see yourself sitting in City Hall next September? If so please get in touch with us today to discuss whether this is the right journey for you. We certainly hope that it will be.