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Can you believe the MiM, GMiM and MFA students have already started their second term at LBS? Time really does fly here on campus! Nevertheless, the end of Term One presents the perfect opportunity to look back and celebrate a few highlights from the term…

At the start of September, 321 fresh-faced Masters in Management, Global MiM and Masters in Financial Analysis students arrived at London Business School for the first day of Orientation, with the second day continuing at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The students discovered more about the programme and the School through engaging presentations from speakers such as Lord Bilimoria (the chairman of Cobra Beer) and key faculty members such as Marketing Professor, Bruce Hardie and Finance Professor, Alex Edmans. MiM alumni made up a lively panel in the afternoon, sharing stories of their experiences and career journeys since graduation.

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A few days later, the students ventured off-campus to brave the great outdoors at Gilwell Park Activity Centre for their Away Day. The day focused on team building and problem-solving with practical activities such as raft-building and climbing. Collaboration, courage, hard work and dedication were traits that were particularly vital here!

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After Orientation, Foundations Week began. This included the Career Skills programme run by the Career Centre, alongside worships such as “How to Work a Room”, Business Writing, Bloomberg Skills and Excel. The learning of additional soft skills continued throughout the rest of term with additional workshops such as Business Etiquette, Impact and Influence and Financial Industry Tools sessions for the MFA (such as Morningstar, Matlab and Factset).

Core courses began after an action-packed start to the year, with the MiM and Global MiM studying Finance, Leadership in Organisations, Data Analytics for Management and Financial Accounting. Meanwhile, the MFA students covered Asset Management I, World Economy, Analysis and Financial Statements, Corporate Finance, and Data and Time Series Analytics.

The Mentoring Scheme kicked off at the end of September where students were matched with their MBA and Masters in Finance mentors, allowing students to foster meaningful relationships with more experienced professionals in our community. We went live on our Snapchat account for the #LBSMeetYourMentor evening event.

Throughout the term, our students got involved with so many activities across the student clubs. MFA students from the Impact Consulting Club volunteered for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and MiMs and MFAs took their place on the dance floor, representing their programme at the annual Diwali Party.

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In early December, 62 Early Career students travelled to Silicon Valley for the Global Immersion Field Trip (GIFT). They were welcomed by companies such as Pinterest, Electronic Arts, Google, Apple, Softtech and Singularity University. This GIFT allowed students to better understand the environment which fosters such significant levels of innovation through visits to some of the best known brands in San Francisco and the Bay Area as well as smaller and mid-stage start-ups, investors, incubators, and thought leaders. You can catch more information on our student blog here

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So that concludes a short overview of the first term. The students have plenty coming up for Term Two, including Business Immersion Week and Global Immersion Field Trips to Milan & Munich, Paris, Barcelona and New York! You can follow us on our Facebook page for further programme insights.


It’s half way through the academic year and the MiM2016s are already in the midst of their second term. Last week, the campus was very quiet as the students were busy travelling the streets of London to visit a whole host of global companies during Business Immersion Week. The week allowed the students to gain invaluable insights into the different industries, learning the ways in which companies operate and gaining an insight into the company culture.

The visits gave the Masters in Management students a tour of the company offices, and an opportunity to network with business leaders. Some of the companies involved this year were: Accenture, A.T. Kearney, BBC Worldwide, Ernst & Young, Google, KPMG, London Stock Exchange, Medallia, M&C Saatchi, Prophet, Pizza Rossa, Santander, WeWork, Unilever and Universal Music.

The LBS Incubator also offered an Entrepreneurial Insights session, inviting back LBS alumni who had founded their own companies to speak to their students about their journey post MiM and their experiences of launching a start-up. Former General Manager and Vice President of Apple Europe, Pascal Cagni also shared his experiences of entrepreneurship, through the eyes of his venture investor company, C4 Ventures.

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Learning outside the lecture theatre is an integral part of the programme and the week certainly offered a first-hand, practical experience for the students.

Martigny, Oriana

“By visiting Universal Music Group, I finally felt like I was understanding what was going on behind the scenes. I always wondered how the music industry precisely works and the company presentations brought exactly the answers I was looking for. They made clear all revenue streams and highlighted current challenges of working in an industry so greatly affected by the digital revolution.” Oriana Martigny

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“Visiting Prophet was a really cool experience to see a brand consultancy in all its glory. They showed us around the office and gave a short presentation about what they did. In order to experience the job in practice, we even had a mini case competition, with the winning team getting a special prize. Once the session was over we got to join the company for their Friday afternoon routine and networked alongside a couple of beers. I would do it all over again!”  Akos Szabo

 

Patel, Chandni

“Being able to spend an entire day at the Lothar Böhm office was extremely insightful. I was able to experience work in a brand consulting firm first hand, interact with the employees of the company on an informal basis and figure out whether I could really see myself working there. We had a chance to do a live case with the company and get feedback on our recommendations from the top management. Business Immersion Week really adds a special touch to the MiM programme and broadens our understanding of different industries.”  Chandni Patel

 

 

Watch the Business Immersion Week video. Learn more about our Early Career Programmes and contact the Recruitment Team mim@london.edu or mfa@london.edu.

 


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The MiM2016s have officially settled into their first term at LBS and core classes are well underway. With Orientation at City Hall and Foundations Week on campus, the MiM and GMiM students had a great introduction to the School and the various departments through seminars and workshops.

However, on 8 and 9 September, the students left the campus to brave the great outdoors (and Great British weather) in Gilwell Park, just outside of London.

The day consisted of team building activities within their study groups. (Each study group of 5-6 students had been carefully selected by the Programme Office to ensure a diverse set of nationalities, academic backgrounds and experiences and therefore encourage peer-learning). For the away day, each group was allocated a professional coach from the “Fly on the Wall” training company and the coach led a session entitled “Lifelines”, which inspired the sharing of life experiences and personality traits. With each coach having a unique approach, no two Lifeline sessions were identical. The session was accompanied by a day full of practical activities such as raft-building, indoor and outdoor rock climbing and problem-solving activities.

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Each activity went beyond being simply practical. The focus was always brought back to the importance of team building; learning the strengths of your peers, and overcoming failures and successes. Each activity could not be completed through selfish ambition, but through collaborative spirit, hard work and dedication – traits which are vital in the programme and in any company culture.

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The groups were encouraged to create a code of conduct, setting moral codes which are to be abided by during the term and each group put their creativity into practice, decorating a pennant to demonstrate their group meaning and diversity.

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The day certainly tested the ability and confidence of all of our students, but the ambitious, eclectic and communal values of all of our students shone throughout.


 

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“The day was a lot of fun, but it was also a great occasion to get to know my study group in a very casual set-up. The cheerful atmosphere within my group now makes me really looking forward to starting the academic group assignments and our coach gave us some great feedback on our team interactions, what will certainly help us to manage our work under time pressure.” –
Jonas Behrend, MiM2016

 

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The Away Day was such an unexpectedly exhilarating experience. I was particularly proud of myself for pushing past my fear of heights, which I could not have done without the help of my study group. The challenges we were faced with proved just how vital teamwork really is.  At the end of the day, I went home feeling part of a team and ready to take on the year.” – Allison Leu, MiM2016

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“Away day was great since it allowed us to get to know the people in our study group outside the classroom. My group really started to build trust by participating in all sorts of engaging challenges and it really helped establish how we want to work together over the next term. The activities were a fun way to ensure that everyone was comfortable working together.” – Jason Klanderman, Global MiM2016

 

Find out more about our Early Career Programmes, contact a member of the Recruitment Team or submit a CV for review.