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Re: London Business School Masters in Management Q&A [#permalink] New post 12 May 2014, 05:02
@imovechen Thanks for the feedback and the tip, nonetheless I don't intend to pursue a career in arts anymore, I aim to get into consulting, trade and international organizations after graduation.
Hey, would you mind giving me an email to ask you a couple of questions regarding the school? I contacting LBS asking for them if I could get in touch with an alumnus, just as a way to know a bit more about how it really is, but they said they couldn't do that. No problem if you don't ;)
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London Business School Masters in Management Q&A [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2015, 03:23
Hey Stanley.

I am a South Asian fellow aiming to get enrolled in the 2016 batch of LBS MiM program. I am preparing for the GMAT using the official guides and I'm pretty confident of getting a 700+ score. I do consider my command in English to be fairly good, still I am trying to improve in it and I'm also preparing for the TOEFL to prove my proficiency in it. But what I doubt is that my ECs and my academic performances might create a hindrance into my admission in LBS. Below is the description of my academic performances and ECs.

1.) I am going to graduate in May, 2015. I am pursuing a degree in Bachelors of technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering. My current CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is 6.353/10. I am aware that the LBS requires an undergraduate degree equivalent to UK 2:1 or above. A UK 2:1 means 60% or above as far as I know. I would really appreciate it if you can confirm this to me whether I satisfy this criterion.

2.) I also did my summer internship from an organization which is an official business partner of VMware,IBM, and Microsoft.

3.) I recently got a job of a Technical Job Recruiter in an Indian subsidiary of a company head quartered in Somerset,New Jersey (U.S).
www(dot)linkedin(dot)com/company/rangam-consultants-inc (link to the linkedin profile of the company).
www(dot)rangam(dot)com (Company Website).
Please replace (dot) with . (they are not allowing me to post URLs as I am new here).

4.) I am not sure about what to mention in the Extra Curriculars. But these are the things that I did when I was in college.
* I've got a certification that says I'm a VMware Certified Profssional in Data Center Virtualization. (VCP 5 - DCV). I really love to learn about Virtualization.
* I'm a Microsoft Certified Professional as well .(2 MOS (Excel,Powerpoint) + 1 MTA (Networking Fundamentals)).
MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.
MTA - Microsoft Technical Associate certification.
*I'm learning to play guitar and I'm also preparing for the Trinity college music exam (grade 1) from a good instructor.
* I do administer a facebook page.
* I'm also a fitness freak.
Now here is my question :
What are my chances to get an admission into the LBS MiM (2016) if I clear the GMAT(700+),TOEFL,Trinity (grade1), gain an year of experience in the company I recently got placed and with the above mentioned academic performances and ECs ?

Thanks in advance for your time and effort.
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Re: London Business School Masters in Management Q&A [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2015, 15:36
Devlikes wrote:
Hey Stanley.

I am a South Asian fellow aiming to get enrolled in the 2016 batch of LBS MiM program. I am preparing for the GMAT using the official guides and I'm pretty confident of getting a 700+ score. I do consider my command in English to be fairly good, still I am trying to improve in it and I'm also preparing for the TOEFL to prove my proficiency in it. But what I doubt is that my ECs and my academic performances might create a hindrance into my admission in LBS. Below is the description of my academic performances and ECs.

1.) I am going to graduate in May, 2015. I am pursuing a degree in Bachelors of technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering. My current CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is 6.353/10. I am aware that the LBS requires an undergraduate degree equivalent to UK 2:1 or above. A UK 2:1 means 60% or above as far as I know. I would really appreciate it if you can confirm this to me whether I satisfy this criterion.

2.) I also did my summer internship from an organization which is an official business partner of VMware,IBM, and Microsoft.

3.) I recently got a job of a Technical Job Recruiter in an Indian subsidiary of a company head quartered in Somerset,New Jersey (U.S).
www(dot)linkedin(dot)com/company/rangam-consultants-inc (link to the linkedin profile of the company).
www(dot)rangam(dot)com (Company Website).
Please replace (dot) with . (they are not allowing me to post URLs as I am new here).

4.) I am not sure about what to mention in the Extra Curriculars. But these are the things that I did when I was in college.
* I've got a certification that says I'm a VMware Certified Profssional in Data Center Virtualization. (VCP 5 - DCV). I really love to learn about Virtualization.
* I'm a Microsoft Certified Professional as well .(2 MOS (Excel,Powerpoint) + 1 MTA (Networking Fundamentals)).
MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.
MTA - Microsoft Technical Associate certification.
*I'm learning to play guitar and I'm also preparing for the Trinity college music exam (grade 1) from a good instructor.
* I do administer a facebook page.
* I'm also a fitness freak.
Now here is my question :
What are my chances to get an admission into the LBS MiM (2016) if I clear the GMAT(700+),TOEFL,Trinity (grade1), gain an year of experience in the company I recently got placed and with the above mentioned academic performances and ECs ?

Thanks in advance for your time and effort.
Devansh.


Hi Devansh,

In short, very very low chances. Read on for the explanation.

The South Asian (basically, Indian) applicant pool is pretty competitive, and one overarching, general way to distinguish oneself is to have a 'non-traditional' experience. 'Non-traditional' implies: non engineering/IT degree and work exp., non-quant extracurricular activities and so forth. So on that aspect, you seem like a typical 'cookie cutter' applicant and fall short.

Now onto the quality/'pedigree' of your background, you did not state your University, and anything below IIT/BITS/Delhi or Mumbai Uni, makes you a less competitive applicant. You would need to have stellar GMAT scores (I am talking 750+) to compensate both for the calibre of your institution and your CGPA.

Your ECs are woefully inadequate with little or no leadership experience, and again mostly comprised of IT/technical/quant stuff. They also consist of 'individually accomplished' experiences and provide no evidence of team working.

Work experience is not a brand name firm, and again, in the tech/IT field (assuming you apply after a year of work).

There's nothing wrong with being an engineer/IT consultant etc., but given the dearth of Indian applicants from great/decent unis, with brand name work experience, and fantastic ECs, you are clearly on the lower end.

I would suggest looking through the current class profile to gauge where you 'stand'. Not to be harsh, but I would suggest other schools, particularly those at the 'mid-tier' level in the UK or beyond. Good luck!
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London Business School Masters in Management Q&A [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2015, 12:35
Hey Devlikes,

Well 0123456789r did paint quite an accurate though a little harsh picture of your chances at LBS, but then LBS is a very POPULAR school and the competition is actually very high especially from the China and India pool of students, so they tend to be particular about the people who they choose.
But then all is not bad, if you are really dedicated towards LBS here are a few things you can do:

-Diversify your profile: You can easily prove you are an accomplished engineer, but then what else do you have to your name? You mentioned you administer a FB page...show how you developed it and built valuable marketing skills while doing that.....then you mentioned being a fitness freak....well that is great..but how did you take it further.....what skills did you develop....did you win some competition or start some fitness group.....doing these things will go a long way to diversify your profile and make you a stronger contender

-Join a NGO! Colleges love people who volunteer, this is something you can easily do while working and will go a long way to improve your profile.
I can recommend doing an AIESEC internship, which will give you volunteering experience and international experience in one shot.

-While mentioning your work, concentrate on the skills you developed while at it. The teams you led , the projects you excelled at and so on. You said the company has ties with US, so mention how you collaborate with international clients and how that makes you more open minded.

-Also don't worry about not being from an IIT or whatever, it is highly over rated. Colleges just care about your overall profile and what all have your done before, in and after college. A popular college brand will only take you so far.
But your CGPA is a matter of concern, so you have to have a great GMAT score and also explain in your essays why your CGPA is weak, and mention some facts that make up for it.

Lastly LBS is not the only college that is good for the MiM, you have a number of great colleges. Just take a look at the top 10 MiM schools, all of them are excellent and some have more relaxed criterias than that of LBS.

You can check out http://www.mim-essay.com/our-services2.html for more information about the MiM degree and tips on how you can improve your essays or application in general.

Hope the answer helped.

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