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Dear potential MiF students

Welcome all to the London Business School Masters in Finance (MiF) GMATClub thread!

You will be pleased to know that for anyone planning to apply to the 2014 LBS MiF intake, three current MiF full time students (Lott, Laszlo and Jezz) and one current part time student (Moaad) are here to answer any questions you may have. Take comfort in that we all know what you are going through in the application process, please take our helping hand for we have walked the path before!

Our varied brief backgrounds are as follows:

Lott – VP at Barclays Africa, Corporate & Investment Bank. CA, ACMA and CGMA Charters holder. Also CFA Level 3 candidate. Why MiF you may ask? A “pure diet” of finance is what I need for my next career in International Development.

Laszlo – Previously a Portfolio Manager at CIB Investment Fund Management in Hungary. CFA Charter holder and Certified FRM. I chose LBS MiF because I wanted to change location (possibly industry) and advance my career in London.

Jezz – Broad background in trading, risk management, private equity and leveraged finance, working for Lloyds Bank in London. CFA level 2 candidate. Decided to study finance at a top b-school to build on my quantitative and investment skills. Chose LBS because of its world leading reputation and unique curriculum, allowing me to specialise in my areas of interest.

Moaad – Associate at Standard Chartered Bank, where I have worked in the London, Dubai and Singapore offices. Prior to my current role, I was in Singapore with the Investment Banking Financial Institutions Coverage team.

The application process might seem daunting at first - we are more than happy to provide information, share some useful tips and simply support you in your quest to find a spot in the MiF 2014 intake.

Some useful information

Official site of the Programme: http://www.london.edu/programmes/mastersinfinance.html

Stage deadlines for the full time August 2014 intake:

Stage 1: 08 October 2013
Stage 2: 12 November 2013
Stage 3: 07 January 2014
Stage 4: 11 March 2014
Stage 5: 07 May 2014

Stage deadlines for the part time August 2014 intake:

Stage 1: 08 October 2013
Stage 2: 12 November 2013
Stage 3: 07 January 2014
Stage 4: 08 April 2014
Stage 5: 28 May 2014
Stage 6:1 7 June 2014

CV review service

To avoid your application being another “shot in the dark”, we strongly urge you to submit your CV for review before the actual application. You will receive feedback from the MiF admissions team on whether you are a good fit to apply for the program. More details can be found here:
http://www.london.edu/programmes/mif/applying.html
(navigate to "Want to know if you should apply for the Masters in Finance?" section).

Please note that encouragement to apply simply means based on your CV, you are eligible to apply. However, this does not guarantee a place on the Programme, as CV is only a part of the application. Submitting your CV for review might save you enormous amount of time and effort if your Profile is not a good fit.

GMAT pilot waiver scheme

Candidates who complete their application before 1 February will be eligible to be considered for the GMAT/GRE pilot waiver scheme. When the MiF Admissions Committee (AdCom) reviews your application, and are deciding on whether to grant a waiver, they will be looking for strong evidence of intellectual ability, for example:

• strong grades in previous university studies, especially in quantitative subjects
• professional qualifications (e.g. CFA I, II, III, ACCA, ACA)

As well as reviewing your CV and, if you are a non-native English speaker, the AdCom will be seeking to establish that you are fluent in English. For further details, refer to http://www.london.edu/programmes/mif/applying.html and navigate to “GMAT / GRE” section.

We look forward to your questions and comments!

Lott, Laszlo, Jezz and Moaad
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2013, 04:40
Hi guys, I am in the middle of a hard decision here.

I have all my application ready to be sent now in R2, but I have underperformed at GMAT (got 640, was expecting 700+), I will seat again for GMAT. I don't know if I should apply now with this score and if I do not succeed I may apply again with a higher score or if I let R2 go and apply just in R3 with my new hopefully-higher GMAT score. Would like opinions.

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CV: 5yrs experience (3 risk departmente+2 trading desk), CFA I and II, engineering background (w/ good average)
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2013, 06:30
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Hi guys, I am in the middle of a hard decision here.

I have all my application ready to be sent now in R2, but I have underperformed at GMAT (got 640, was expecting 700+), I will seat again for GMAT. I don't know if I should apply now with this score and if I do not succeed I may apply again with a higher score or if I let R2 go and apply just in R3 with my new hopefully-higher GMAT score. Would like opinions.

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CV: 5yrs experience (3 risk departmente+2 trading desk), CFA I and II, engineering background (w/ good average)



Hi,

My advice on this would be to hold out for R3 and try to improve your GMAT score, particularly if you're convinced you can get a higher score. My understanding is that there is no advantage to applying to R2 over R3, the only real disadvantage is if applying in R5 as most places have gone by then.

You could also contact the admissions office to explain your situation and ask for guidance - they are very friendly and helpful.

Best of luck,
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 07:08
Hi,

Just a follow up on Jezz's post, it will be worth contacting the admissions team for their feedback – if your profile is strong (have you submitted your CV for review?) they may decide to call you for interview now and potentially make an offer conditional on resitting GMAT, or they may decide to wait for your resit scores. You have nothing to lose by applying in an early stage, and if they do ask you to resit GMAT at least you will have been given a clear way to maximise your application chances.

Please refer to the original post about the "CV review rervice" and the "GMAT pilot waiver scheme". During the application processs, I relied on the CV review service to guide my application. Whilst your shorthand CV looks interesting, I suggest you submit a formal 1/2 page CV to the admissions team.

Let us know if the above helps clarify your questions.

Best wishes,

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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 07:30
Hi guys, thank you for replying.

I had already submitted CV for review and received a "I would encourage you to apply to the 2014 intake." Also, I called Peter Johnson and he said that there would no problem applying now and updating the GMAT score later. So, I concluded that there is no disadvantage of applying now, actually I have already submitted my application. And even if they do not ask me to resit the GMAT, I have already registered for another try.
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 21:52
This thread is awfully quiet this year.

Submitted my application for MIFFT on the last day of R2.

I am an Indian with over six years of experience in sell-side equity research. CFA charterholder. GMAT 710. Average Acads.
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2013, 08:31
On the mif student blog it says over 50 percent are still job hunting three.months after graduation... Any insight from the current students ? Is this a concern for you current students

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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2013, 13:30
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On the mif student blog it says over 50 percent are still job hunting three.months after graduation... Any insight from the current students ? Is this a concern for you current students

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Hi,

The full picture is a bit more complicated than just “50% still job hunting”. The addition of the 4th term means that some of the class are studying longer and spending more time on job search. Some others have job offers that they're currently considering and some had the option to return to their previous employers, but are continuing to search. Detailed data is being collected and an employment report will be available early 2014.

From the point of view of a MiF 2014 student, no one in our class is worried about finding a job at this stage. Some have already been offered fantastic roles at leading firms around the world. Many are currently in interview processes for full-time jobs. Some are targeting internships, so will be applying in January. Some intend to go back to their home countries. And others are in the midst of networking in asset management / hedge fund / private equity industries, where roles are more ad hoc so the process is expected to be longer - for these people the priority, at this stage, is to build a valuable network in London, as recruitment is more likely to happen a few months ahead of graduation.

It's also worth pointing out that Career Services work closely with all students on their individual career development and post-graduation job search. This begins on day one and runs throughout the Programme. In fact, London Business School even has dedicated resource aimed solely at Alumni career search.

Hope that helps,
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2013, 06:38
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On the mif student blog it says over 50 percent are still job hunting three.months after graduation... Any insight from the current students ? Is this a concern for you current students

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Hi,

The full picture is a bit more complicated than just “50% still job hunting”. The addition of the 4th term means that some of the class are studying longer and spending more time on job search. Some others have job offers that they're currently considering and some had the option to return to their previous employers, but are continuing to search. Detailed data is being collected and an employment report will be available early 2014.

From the point of view of a MiF 2014 student, no one in our class is worried about finding a job at this stage. Some have already been offered fantastic roles at leading firms around the world. Many are currently in interview processes for full-time jobs. Some are targeting internships, so will be applying in January. Some intend to go back to their home countries. And others are in the midst of networking in asset management / hedge fund / private equity industries, where roles are more ad hoc so the process is expected to be longer - for these people the priority, at this stage, is to build a valuable network in London, as recruitment is more likely to happen a few months ahead of graduation.

It's also worth pointing out that Career Services work closely with all students on their individual career development and post-graduation job search. This begins on day one and runs throughout the Programme. In fact, London Business School even has dedicated resource aimed solely at Alumni career search.

Hope that helps,
Jezz


solid :) yeah i was thinking/wondering how you can have that metric up when i think that thered be a chunk of people taking advantage of the extra term now

so heres a question -- is it looked upon favorably/unfavorably to hit up full time, then internship, then full time again when you come in? do they say 'hey, either look at ten months and full time recruiting when you come in but then dont switch to internship recruiting for the same firms and then once again convert for the full time in the 4th term?'

i definitely think the MIF is great and thus why i applied(personally) and I definitely think you *might* have to be more pro active with things given the ad-hoc nature of a lot of asset management (especially ANYTHING outside of the typical buy side ER roles -- product management client relations etc) and I think its good to go in with that mindset
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 22:02
Anyone heard back about R2 interviews?
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2013, 08:00
Uber quiet did anyone get and accept first round ?
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2013, 14:50
Hello everybody,

I am new to this forum, but just received an email from the admission office that I have been invited for interviews.

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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 12:19
Hey, Any One who applied for R3 and updates on acceptances interviews etc. I missed the R3 deadline as i delayed my GMAT too late. Request People who have already submitted their application or received interview calls to share their experiences.

Any senior fellas who can do a profile check, I have not sent my CV for review because the moment i am done with my essay, CV etc. i would simple apply.

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5 Years of work experience purely corporate Banking experience with lending to infra projects, ports , roads, power Projects, etc.
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 09:07
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Hey, Any One who applied for R3 and updates on acceptances interviews etc. I missed the R3 deadline as i delayed my GMAT too late. Request People who have already submitted their application or received interview calls to share their experiences.

Any senior fellas who can do a profile check, I have not sent my CV for review because the moment i am done with my essay, CV etc. i would simple apply.

Indian male - 27
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GMAT - 710, Q 49, V- 38, IR - 8
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CFA Level 3 Candidate June 2014
5 Years of work experience purely corporate Banking experience with lending to infra projects, ports , roads, power Projects, etc.


Hi Ranjan,

Difficult to say too much about your profile based on just the above. It looks like you probably hit all the minimum requirements but that's not to say you would be a good candidate. I strongly recommend submitting a CV for review:
http://www.london.edu/programmes/mif/wh ... edfor.html

The admissions office can provide very useful feedback and you can always choose to change the CV before the final application. Even if you're committed to applying, the feedback you receive might help you decide what points you need to focus on most in your application.

Hope that helps,
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2014, 01:32
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Hey, Any One who applied for R3 and updates on acceptances interviews etc. I missed the R3 deadline as i delayed my GMAT too late. Request People who have already submitted their application or received interview calls to share their experiences.

Any senior fellas who can do a profile check, I have not sent my CV for review because the moment i am done with my essay, CV etc. i would simple apply.

Indian male - 27
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GMAT - 710, Q 49, V- 38, IR - 8
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CFA Level 3 Candidate June 2014
5 Years of work experience purely corporate Banking experience with lending to infra projects, ports , roads, power Projects, etc.


I submitted my CV quite similar to yours 6 years exp., no FRM, but CFA, no MBA but MSc, 30 male, work exp. less fancy but in different countries and got back as feedback "would be good fit"

Especially that you missed the deadline I would send my cv to lbs in your case - I got a feedback on my cv within two days.
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2014, 12:58
Hey
Out of curiosity, I understand it´s probably a case-by-case situation but… typically,
anyone knows how long is it taking for the invite for interview to come- for those invited, naturally?

Just so you know I applied for R3

I would also recommend submitting a CV for review. LBS took only a few days to provide me a feedback

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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2014, 08:32
Had my interview on Friday and already received an email from the London folks that the report has been submitted. Fingers crossed
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 15:32
Does anyone know why the salary difference between MiF graduates and MBA graduates at LBS is so high? Are job postings only for a specific programme?
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Re: London Business School: MIF 2014 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 20:46
renerd wrote:
Does anyone know why the salary difference between MiF graduates and MBA graduates at LBS is so high? Are job postings only for a specific programme?


This is what I am also interested in knowing. I have heard from alumni that the difference is generally between 15K to 20K. However, private recruiters say that salaries are based on the position level e.g. anyone going for an associate position should get the same salary regardless of an MiF or an MBA degree.
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