Aram Karakashian

Job title: Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager, Early Career Programmes
Location: London

Posts by Aram



At most business schools you will find similarities in the course content, the academics and the case studies used. What differs and sets them apart is the environment you study and develop in.

At London Business School it is easy to point to the key characteristics that help to define this environment; the city of London, the diversity of the classroom, the practical nature of the academics. However a key characteristic that is vitally important for Early Career students in particular is the cross-generational learning opportunities. The LBS campus is diverse, not just by nationalities but by the range of experience levels of its students. Our MBA/MIF students have on average five years of experience and our leadership (EMBA portfolio) students have on average twelve. For a small community like LBS these individuals are easily accessible and quickly become part of your network. To learn and socialise amongst them can broaden your horizons and expose you to insights and learnings that would not be easily accessible in a standard workplace.

Within the Early Career Programmes there are three key opportunities to maximise the impact of cross-generational learning:

1. Electives

Students have access to a range of elective courses whilst studying on the Early Career Programmes. Not only does this allow you to begin to specialise your knowledge but you are in the classroom with students from across our Degree Education portfolio. With a vast range of diverse experience in an elective class this presents the opportunity to gain insights and thinking for tackling problems or solving issues.

However much experience or insight an individual has, everyone is treated equal allowing for Early Careers students to have an impact and opinion on assignments and tasks. It is a mutually beneficial relationship for all involved.

2. Mentors

There are a multitude of mentorship opportunities for Early Career Students through the MBA/MiF mentoring scheme or seeking out one of the alumni mentors. Equally within the community it is common place to find mentors in clubs/societies that can guide and advise on your next career steps.

Ben Jeffery (MiM2016) met his mentor, Mark Hosking (MBA2016) through the peer leader sessions run by the Career Centre. As Ben was preparing for a career in consultancy they staged mock interviews and went through the types of questions that he would face. “I had strong analytical and quantitative skills, but wasn’t familiar with how to present ideas to interviewers at a consulting firm” says Ben.  Both Ben and his mentor now work together at BCG and Ben highlights “Having a friendly face around the office is great, if I’m not sure about something, Mark’s my first port of call.”


The clubs at LBS represent the heart of the community and provide the opportunity to engage with individuals over mutual interests and passions. They are made up of students from across the degree portfolio and cover a wide range of professional, personal and cultural interests. Being a member of a professional club and gaining industry insight from experienced students is an invaluable experience. We often hear stories of students finding their future business partners in the clubs as this is a key way to network across the full community of students.


London Business School actively seeks to bring in a diverse group of students to create a melting pot of ideas and views. Whilst we can influence who studies at the school, the community evolves in an organic way and provides opportunities for students to grow professionally, academically and personally. For Early Career students this community represents the first step into the business world and we actively look for those who will make a positive impact towards London Business School.

Find out more about the London Business School community

Early Careers Brochure_banner

We are pleased to announce that our Masters in Management (MiM) programme has been ranked sixth in the recent Financial Times ranking for the second year running. The programme remains number one in the UK.

We are delighted that the programme achieved a top position for ‘aims achieved’, with 93 per cent of alumni satisfied.

London Business School is ranked number one in the world for its international student body, with international students accounting for 98 per cent of the MiM class of 2015.

Leila Guerra, Executive Director, Early Career Programmes, said: “Our global diversity is extremely attractive. Our students gain a lot from the rich peer mix and a life-long, cross-generational, network of alumni worldwide. The ranking results today are a testament to this and to the exciting careers that our graduates go on to lead.” 

The average salary reported by London Business School’s 2013 MiM students was $80,526 three years after graduation, an increase of more than 9 per cent since the first ranking two years ago. 96 per cent of the class were employed within three months of graduation, based on a 98% reporting rate; one of the highest among the schools ranked.

Find more information about the programme and how to apply here.View the full Financial Times MiM ranking here.

Video and Film

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.

There is an abundance of choice in the world. When it comes to making a decision about pursuing postgraduate education how do you narrow down your choices so you achieve the career that you want?

At London Business School we recognise that individuals want to study for a multitude of reasons. Some see it as a chance to build their career with a solid foundation of knowledge and practical experience. Others want to complement their existing experience to ensure their next career steps will be maximised and fruitful. Equally some have a burning desire to bring their entrepreneurial ambitions to life but need a bit more guidance and knowledge beforehand.


In the Early Careers space we have the luxury of being able to help guide individuals to what programme best suits their talent and ambitions. Our Masters in Management has recently enrolled its sixth class of talented international individuals, all ambitious and motivated to begin a successful career. The strength of this programme has been recognised by the Financial Times Masters in Management rankings, moving four places up to sixth.

Alongside this we have our first cohort of Global Masters in Management students who will be spending their first year at London Business School before decamping and spending a second year at Fudan School of Management in Shanghai. We recognise that talent, now more than ever needs to be globalised and be able to work across borders and cultures. Our new Masters in Financial Analysis will allow for finance orientated individuals to build and shape their financial toolkit before embarking on the rigours of a job in the finance industry. Again, we recognise that providing choice for students to specialise and differentiate themselves amongst the graduate pool is important.

Our Early Career programmes are geared towards graduating students or for those who in the infancy of their careers. I have explained the differences a bit further below:


Masters in Management (MIM) – A one-year programme that provides individuals with theoretical knowledge and practical experience across a range of management subjects. You also develop your soft skills and sharpen your career potential through cross-generational learning, international experiences and coaching from our Careers Centre.


Global Masters in Management (GMIM) – A two-year programme that enriches individuals with a global outlook on business. Studying the Masters in Management at London Business School combined with a second year at Fudan School of Management in Shanghai on the MSc in International Business allows students a unique perspective of two global cities and two different business practices.


Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA) – A one-year programme for finance focused individuals to sharpen their financial knowledge and develop their technical and soft skills. Taught in one of the financial capitals of the world, students gain exposure to companies, key recruiters and world-renowned academics.

We want to help you navigate the path to the right programme that suits your skill set and ambitions. Our recruitment team work with individuals on a one -to-one basis to help understand the programmes in depth and what the next steps should be. If you want to understand your own path better please contact Sapna Shah if you are interested in the MiM/GMiM at mim@london.edu and Camille Vironda if you are interested in the MFA at mfa@london.edu. We hope we can help you choose the right path at London Business School.




Often people ask me how to stand out from the crowd. It’s a question that gets thrown about with huge demand for a specific answer. It’s a question that can apply to all walks of life and in many different scenarios. In truth there is no definitive answer. When put into context of applying to business schools it is a question that can dominate an applicant’s mind when writing applications or preparing for interviews. I believe that there is a different approach where individuals can be focusing their thoughts in a better way:

1. Is this the right business school/programme for me?

2. What can I contribute to the business school/programme?

These two questions can ensure that the research undertaken and energy spent is guided in the right direction that admissions team are looking for.


1. Is this the right business school/programme for me?

lbs_admissionsblog_standout_02Attending a business school is a big decision financially, professionally and personally and you want to make sure that you are entering the learning environment that is right for you. Every business school has its own unique style and puts emphasis on different factors. Here at London Business School the academic teaching and learning sits alongside an engaged campus community striving to innovate and impact the business world. Students are actively encouraged to be involved in the community through a range of student clubs. Equally important is that the students are being active members of the classroom, leading study groups or sharing insights from their experiences.


I would advise interacting with as many business schools as possible to narrow down your options to the ones that fit you best. Work out what you want to achieve and align that with the business schools that match. Speak to alumni or current students and gain insights into their experiences. Doing all of this will help you when you come to write your application giving you a clear view as to why this particular school and programme. Not only does it give your clarity but it allows the admissions teams to see the research and thought process.


2. What can I contribute to the business school/programme?


With the prior research into the right school in your pocket, you can start to think about your own contribution; a key facet of any business school application. What you can bring to the school, classroom or community are key questions that we want to see answered in your application. For example if you have extensive legal knowledge, showcase how you could bring a different perspective to a study group or if you’re involved with a charity, how you could link them to the Volunteer Club. It shows self-awareness. Knowing your strengths and limitations and how you believe you would fit into our unique community is very important. Don’t overburden yourself and come up with unrealistic ambitions just to impress. Show that you have thought and researched what your time would be like and what you could realistically achieve. What is unique about your own set of experiences or strengths?


We want to see the level of research or interactions you have had in your application. It helps to show your commitment and gives weighting to your contributions. It’s great to see individuals identify clubs in our community they want to contribute to. Make sure it’s genuine as you need to be prepared to talk further about these if selected for an interview!


If you take into consideration these two questions when applying to business schools, you should be able to write an outstanding application with clear ambitions and goals. Start to build your relationship with us by attending information sessions either on campus or internationally and by interacting with our recruitment co-ordinators. All these little steps can help to build and strengthen your chances of becoming a member of our community.

I meet prospective students, read applications and interview candidates on a regular basis and have used this experience to offer my views and tips on preparing applications to business schools.

It is the time within the academic study year that students mark in the diary and look forward to the most; a celebration of your achievements in the last year in front of your family and friends as well as your classmates and faculty. Congregation at London Business School is held in the wonderful setting of the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank on the river Thames. The venue itself is a world-class concert hall that plays host to the some of the top musicians and orchestras from around the world. A perfect place to celebrate the excellence of our graduating students.

There is always a buzz in the air at congregation as families and friends mingle before the event in anticipation. Students are busy getting fitted in their robes and ensuring they are in as many pictures with their classmates as possible! For members of the programme team, it is a chance to reflect back on the journey the class has taken through the year, from the first days of orientation to the last days of exams and now congregation. It give parents and families a chance to proudly see their loved one’s endeavours at London Business School being recognised by the Dean and teaching Faculty. As you can see from some of the pictures below, it is a wonderful day in a grand setting.

London Business School Congregation 2014

London Business School Congregation 2014

Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, giving the opening welcome

Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, giving the opening welcome

After the official ceremony is brought to a close, London Business School hosts a garden celebration within its grounds for students, family and friends. Not only is it a celebration for the students to look back fondly on but it allows them to share their ‘home’ for the last year with their congregation guests.

Congregating class and MiM staff

Congregating class and MiM staff

This is not the end of the students’ time with London Business School but the start of a new chapter. As alumni of the School, they will always maintain a connection with LBS whatever career path they decide to take. We host many alumni events around the world, utilising the strength of our 39,000 alumni network across all continents. Our alumni are based in many of the world’s top companies across a wide range of roles and industries. People say that if you have networked well enough whilst here then you can always find a friend anywhere in the world.

If reading this has inspired you to think more about studying at London Business School in the Masters in Management then you could be in luck. We are still accepting late applications for the 2015 class. Please check our website and if you believe you meet the requirements at this late stage then please send your CV and university transcripts to mimadmissions@london.edu . Maybe you will be celebrating your congregation at the Royal Festival Hall next year!

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period approaching our current Sloan’s from the 2013 intake have finished their courses for the year and will soon be graduating from London Business School. As with any student completing their journey here this is not the end for them. They will become part of our 36,000 stong alumni network that is spread out across the world. Some will be returning to their companies others to their home cities. A few of this year’s Sloan class have come together to start a business which in its infant steps will be based out of London Business School.

It has been a wonderful year for the Sloan programme with highlights including the Sao Paulo International Assignment and a great Capstone to finish the year. As admissions staff we will be sad to see them leave but we are confident that their experience of the school has been rich and enlightening.

We recently held a Sloan closing dinner at the National Portrait Gallery to toast their completion of the course and their future success. As you can see from the pictures it was a great way to finish the year.


Sloan Dinner 2

Sloan Dinner 4


The new intake of the Sloan programme will be starting on January 6th 2014. They will have an orientation week before diving straight into their first term taking core classes such as Marketing, Strategy and Corporate Governance. It can be a tough and challenging time for our Sloan’s as they enter the classroom again after typically 15 years in the office but they certainly get back into the student approach relatively quickly. It is no surprise that with the wealth of knowledge our Sloan students bring to the classroom, the debates and discussions are insightful and unique. Their first term is not all work as there are regular events for them such as world-class speakers, social and sport events and the wider community social clubs.

For the incoming class we held a small admits event alongside the incoming EMBA January class in the city to celebrate them joining London Business School. It is always great to see the individuals you have brought together for a programme standing together in a room enjoying each others company. We always aspire to build great Sloan classes with interesting people from a widespread of industries and countries. We believe the Sloan 2014′s will be another great chapter in the London Business School Sloan history.






Looking towards the future, the application and  new essays for the Sloan 2015 programme are available on the website here. If you have already started working on the old set of essays we are happy to accept them too. We have our first  deadline on the 25th February for those wishing to get into the application process early in the year.  . If you want to have your CV reviewed please send it through to sloan@london.edu where a member of our recruitment team is happy to have a conversation about the Sloan programme with you.

From all of us in the Sloan community, have a great festive period.

The EMBA-Global programme at London Business School is a competitive and highly sought after post graduate education course. Sometimes a great applicant can be unsuccessful due to a poor application. These are some top tips from the admissions staff to help you improve your application.


Preparing for the application

Whether you are thinking of applying or are ready to write your application there are a couple of things that we recommend you should do to be best prepared.

  •  Research the programme. Make sure you know what the program is all about and the format of the teaching and classes. In your application it will show through if you have not done the appropriate research and understand the impact that an EMBA will have on your work/family/social life.


  • Speak with your family and employers. The studying and travelling for classes will have an impact on your family so make sure they are on board and know what you are undertaking. It is important to speak to your employer to ensure they support you with time off and if possible, financial support. Showing that you have spoken with your employer is a sign of commitment to the programme and that they understand how it will impact on your work life.


  • When it comes to the application, we take everything in your application into consideration when making admissions decisions. There are no cut off points if you haven’t achieved a certain level or have fewer years of experience than the average. Make sure you know what all the components of the application are and that you have made strides into speaking to your referees beforehand.


Top tips for the application

  • In all parts of the application, make sure you are concise and to the point. Be clear in your reasons for leaving/taking on new jobs and your responsibilities throughout your employment history.


  • Make sure you understand and have read the essay titles. There is nothing worse than reading an applicant’s essays that have missed the point of the question. We set a word limit not only to ensure that you are concise in your essays but so that you can show us you can build a good essay within the limit.


  • We want to see your personality through your essays. It is the only time where you can express yourself across to us. Your essays can help us to see your role in the class and whether the EMBA-Global is right for you. It can help to have them proof read by a friend or family member to give an alternative view of what you are trying to put across.


  • Keep your CV to fewer than two pages. Most of the information is already in the application so we do not need extended pages of your CV.


  • Try to ensure that all your required documents are ready when you submit your application. It is easier for the applicant and the admissions process if there are no outstanding documents that need to be chased further down the line. We prioritise applications that are complete.


  • Make sure you have submitted a GMAT test date with your application. If you don’t have a GMAT, a date shows us your commitment to taking one.


  • Choose your referees wisely. They help to give us an impression of the applicant from a different viewpoint and can help to confirm our initial impressions of the candidate.


  • You can work on your application over time. You can keep working on it and editing it until you are happy. Don’t rush this process. Be completely content with everything in the application before you submit it.


If you stick to these guidelines then you should end up with a completed application that is a showcase for your career and responsibilities and lets us get a sense of who you are as well as what you do. Once you submit your application to the programme, you should expect to hear within four weeks whether you have been selected for interview.


The next application deadlines for EMBA-Global are the 24th September and 26th November. We also have  information sessions on the 24th October and 4th November. More information on how to attend these can be found on the website here: http://www.emba-global.com/americasandeurope/nextsteps/informationevents.html

On Monday 9th September, we held an information session for prospective EMBA-Global candidates at London Business School. We hold these sessions once a month and it allows for prospective individuals to learn more about the programme and the school. It also gives a chance for them to gain insights from current students and alumni.


If you are interested in attending a session in the future then please click through here:  Register


I have added some of the questions and answers posed to our student and alumni panel from the session. 


Q – Why did you choose the programme?


- I started researching programmes with global perspectives. This programme is unique in that it offers two MBA degrees in two of the capitals of the world. The chance to travel and meet interesting people opens up a new world to you.


- It’s a top programme at a top school. It was the closest I could go to doing a master’s programme without having to quit my job. It helped talking to the alumni and students as you find out how absorbing it is. I was attracted to the experience not just in the class but outside it too.


- I researched various schools, attended various information sessions and class visits. I realised after talking to a friend on the previous class that it was a step up from the other schools. There is an interesting hybrid of young upwardly mobile people with truly global aspirations. You can make an impact in the world from the type of people you meet.


Q – How did you go about gaining company support in time and money?


- Explain that you will be bringing learning and teaching from the classroom straight into the workplace. The company will gain immediate value and the skills you will develop will be of worth to the company.


- Your company gain a lot from the connection with LBS & CBS.  It’s like free PR with the connections that you will gain and deals that can be struck with your fellow classmates for your company . Don’t sell yourself short when gaining support either.


- Talk to the alumni network. Emphasise the skills you will bring back to the company. You will be networking with over 70+ executives; you can gain a real benefit from your classmates.


Q – What was the breakdown of sponsored & non-sponsored students in the class?


- Lots more self sponsored students in recent years. Being financially sponsored can mean that you are tied into your company. Without sponsorship you are free to switch and control your own destiny.


- Not many in the class are fully sponsored. Partial sponsorship can range from 10% to over 50%. Some people are travel sponsored. Most people are not or have partial sponsorship. Ultimately it’s a lifetime investment and probably your last stint of education.


- Being self sponsored enabled me to use the entrepreneurship facilities across the both schools. The tuition in the course was an investment into the future. Rather than putting it into a company it has enabled me through the network to gain investors for my company.


Q – Why is getting support from your company important before you enter the application process?


- It sets the groundwork into place. You need the commitment from your company to time off for the course. Without it, it can become very disruptive to your learning and the learning of others.


Q – What was your top benefit from the course?


- The global network. My global reach has now expanded to where I now know someone everywhere. If I need a contact in a certain country in the world the alumni network is there for me and so open.


- A global group of friends. You become very close with your classmates and form a strong bond. It becomes a family of 70 people.


- To gain an education from two of the top thought leadership centres in the world. The access to Hong Kong and various locations around the world for electives was a plus. You start working, living and learning in a global network with a global spirit. It changes the way you not only approach your work life but the decisions you make in your social and personal lives.

Welcome to the Sloan & EMBA-Global Admissions blog. Before you delve into the array of blogs that can be found on this site we thought it would be good to introduce you to the team.

Linden Selby (Senior Recruitment & Admissions Manager) has been with the school for over twenty years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to executive leadership degree programmes. She has wonderful stories to tell of the successes of past classes and is always on the lookout for the star of the next programme.

Anum Akhtar (Recruitment & Admissions Manager) has been with the school for nearly two years and brings a passion for recruiting top talent to our programmes. She knows what makes a great application and can see the potential in students from the outset.

Aram Karakashian (Recruitment & Admissions Officer) is the first point of contact for any prospective candidates submitting applications. He helps to make a student’s journey through admissions as seamless as possible giving advice and clarity when needed.

Over the next months we will be blogging on a range of topics relating to the course and the admissions process. We will also be providing updates on the current state of the class and sharing any interesting stories from our students. We hope this blog will give you an insight into the admissions world at London Business School. We don’t bite so please don’t be afraid to get involved!