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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 10:40
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I can't help but comment again on the location factor. For certain industries, location and networking is EVERYTHING. I know Philly is a short train ride away from NYC, but if I wanted to work part-time during the MBA at a boutique in NYC, would it be logistically possible? LBS is a stone's throw away from Mayfair and a 25 mts tube ride away from Canary Wharf. This opens a myriad opportunities for a motivated MBA student. You attend events that will only be held in London city. You meet people for coffee because you are only 10 mts away from them. I am personally reaping the benefits of a role in an industry that would have NEVER been accessible to me from any other location (OK perhaps at New York). For a career changer this exposure is absolutely god send !!

ps. mbabiden I have added you to the roll call (I assume you were a R2 admit)
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 08:37
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sharshar as a female you'll be automatically eligible for some extra external scholarships only open to women. I believe you do need to write an extra set of essays for the external scholarships (a lot of admits did that this year, however, only a few of them actually received the scholarships). The LBS homepage has all the details here :
http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/scholarships.html

Your profile seems strong, LBS shows preference towards folks with your type of international exposure.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2009, 14:31
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Welcome to London bsd_lover! Sorry about the weather :)

At the risk of totally derailing the thread, I will bestow some unsolicited recommendations for good-but-cheap places to eat. If you enjoy ethnic food on a budget and aren't too fussy about service they should come in handy.

Turkish (bring your own wine):
http://www.timeout.com/london/restauran ... /8099.html (my personal favorite)
http://www.timeout.com/london/restauran ... /8092.html (a bit more well known)

Chinese:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/ ... odanddrink (gets my chinese buddy's vote as best chinese food in London)

Punjabi (Indian/Pakistani): (you can bring your own beer/wine - everyone else does):
http://www.timeout.com/london/restauran ... 13465.html (bit run down but delightful food)
http://www.london-eating.co.uk/3012.htm (a favorite, always crowded)

Best of luck settling in!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 12:29
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Hi all,

Fantastic to already see such activity on the LBS thread, given that R1 is quite far out. Just wanted to pitch in about some questions which were asked.

HSBC student loans: No co-signer required, however the max loan amount will only cover tuition, not any living expenses. Hence, max loan amount can only be around £40K (or whatever the tuition for 2 years is). The average loan amount provided I heard is around £30K I believe. The loan amount given depends on your financial background info (e.g. savings, previous income, etc. plenty of docs you need to provide). It's great that LBS has such a good relationship with HSBC - it's one of the few top business schools left offering such a loan scheme (INSEAD for example doesn't offer this, and in the US you almost always need co-signers I believe).

Regarding second year projects and work: Actually already in the first year some were crazy enough to pursue part-time work. It's quite challenging, and I would only do this in the Spring/Summer semester, not in Fall, since that's the busiest semester of your entire MBA. I'd say around 10% of the class worked part-time during their 1st year. In the second year, I think most will be able to find a company to do a second year project. The difference now is that some might be unpaid. Most will also work part-time somewhere, since the work load is quite easy in the second year. That's the great advantage about being in London. Most top companies have offices here and there are also plenty of start-ups providing so many opportunities to work PT.

Then regarding good places to eat in London: Definitely check Toptable.co.uk
http://www.toptable.com/en-gb/venues/of ... category=7
Aside from finding great restaurants, they have a 50% promotion section where hundreds of top restaurants offer 50% off on the food bill. So if you dine at a really fancy place which is participating in the promotion you can easily save £30 a head on dinner. I love the site.

Let me know if you guys have any questions - happy to help out (I'm a MBA2010). Good luck to everyone!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 01:22
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Essays haven't changed much in the last 3-4 years so you should be able to start working on the questions from last year. Not quite sure when they open next years apps, orientation starts august 24th, so can't be too long now...
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 00:56
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1. Yes, unless you are applying to the Masters in Management (MiM) program.
2. Try Manhattan gmat sentence correction guide, some LSAT preparation books for CR and try to do lots of reading (newspapers, Financial time, NY times, The Economist etc.).
3. Earning wise salaries of US schools and LBS are very comparable, but it really depends on how YOU perform in your interviews and the general economy.
4. London is an awesome city. I am here now and I couldn't be happier. LBS is a lot more global and diverse when compared to US schools. The most international US school will have 30-40% internationals, LBS has 90% internationals. Also LBS folks tend to be slightly older (I'm nearly 30 and I dont feel like a grandfather).
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 16:48
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Franklin: i believe i read on the LBS website that on Mondays and Fridays, they have drop in sessions where you can chat with students, and maybe even admissions ... cant remember 100% but should be easy to find on their website. What isnt so easy to find though is information on class visits !!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2009, 09:07
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Yes, the Drop-in Sessions are on Mondays and Fridays at 15:00 -- where you meet with Admissions Staff, current students and will take a tour of the campus. Generally, class visits seem to be harder to come by (I never attended any), unless it's Admits Weekend or some specific event.

You can usually register for those types of special events at the link below, though it is always worth corresponding with the Admissions Office whenever you're visiting campus regardless, as they can arrange class visits, etc. independently.

http://www.london.edu/programmes/infoev ... nSelect=UK
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2009, 22:25
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1) It really varies. The first term is very intense. 4-5 days a week is normal. But things ease out by January (because of milkrounds/job hunt). Second year is awesome, because you can really tailor your classes and have as many as 2-3 days off. Students often pursue outside interests such as extra job / classes during this time. Some folks tailor the course to finish in 15 months. These folks never really have much time for anything else because they are swamped with classes and assignments all the time.

2) The one big negative I can talk about is LBS's own brand management. I don't think LBS as a school markets themselves as aggressively or as persuasively as the American schools. Yet I know the quality of the students, faculty, location is up there with the best. Although this is perhaps because we don't have a large endowment like the American schools do.

3) Culturally LBS is VERY different from schools in the US. The diversity is well known, but one unspoken fact about LBS is its highly collaborative nature. Some American schools go out of their way to advertise their collaborative culture. However LBS folks are perhaps even more collaborative. We have to be; we are all in an unknown city (except the 10% locals) and LBS is our community and support network. The bonds that we're already forming will last us a life time. Students are mature folks who have had extraordinary experiences. I fit in with this group. This was the most important reason for me to come to London. There are folks here who have had admits from some of the best American schools, they all seem to be here for similar reasons : Location of London, Diversity and internationalism of peer group, collaborative culture etc.

4) Dont use that as a reason for attending b-school (it will lead to an immediate reject letter). Although schools know that many students come to school with no clear plans, they expect the students to write about well defined career paths in their essays. This is common for all top schools. Some might call this hypocritical, but from the school's point of view, it is important that their students can identify potential career paths and can articulate them clearly in their essays.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 14:11
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humblewinner wrote:
Hello Prashok,

That is only if selected for admissions, is that right. For application and interview, a scanned copy uploaded during application should suffice ?


Yes, that's correct. Official transcripts are only required after the admit.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 17:24
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hi everyone!

i have decided to apply for LBS MBA R2. Examining the essay questions now... hoping for the best!!!
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bsd_lover wrote:
Its not how many words you spend on the issue, its how convincing and persuasive your arguments are.


Yep -- as an example, my "Why now?" portion was maybe two sentences maximum. If you can get across what you need to say, you'll be fine.
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I believe all rejects and interview decisions are sent on one date. Don't stress its just the standard way they do it.
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http://www.mbaleague.blogspot.com/

contains many students blogs related to schools all over the world ....it will help us to know the school better
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 08:33
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guys, here is mine. I just came back from the interview 1 hour ago.
My interview lasts 2.5 hours. After the interview, her office floor is empty :)

OK, we started to talk about my experience in last year's LBS information session, then I asked her questions about her background, why MBA, why LBS ... :)

Half hour later, she started to ask me. I can say that it's all about teamwork and leadership.
She asked me to go through my work experience, then ask about teamwork in each point of my work. What if...? if there any ...? what if...? what if ...? ... almost an hour, in the topic of how to handle teamwork.
Then she asked my strength & weakness in work and in personal life.
Then it's the presentation. I think it's easy, just take one side and open your mind to think about 3-4 points in a logical structure with strong examples.
After that it's a long chat, yes, long, one hour about life in LBS and what I know and don't know about it. She's very happy to see I am so interested in LBS. She even later started to recommend me the good restaurants, and cheap apartments in London ...

So I think I am fine in this interview. The alumnus is very nice.

Best of luck to all of you who haven't done this part!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2009, 08:06
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hello friends, I am just done with my interview.. it lasted around 90 minutes.. we had a short chat upon meeting and the interview soon began. He started with the usual why mba, why lbs questions.. then there were a few pointed questions at my work experience.. there were no questions at all about any of my community/volunteering activities which was a little disappointing.. there were a few behavioral type questions, i guess to assess how I work in teams and how I lead.

Before I could even realise, we were through 60 minutes and it was time for case presentation. I was nervous about it but it turned out that the topic was generic and I had several strong points. He mentioned he was going to focus on the delivery and not so much on the content. The argument was pretty one sided and it helped. I could speak clearly and in a structured way for 5 minutes with a good conclusion.

Then came the questions part. He seemed to be in a hurry (though he never mentioned that), and we could speak for around 15 minutes about his experiences. He did not give any positive comments throughout neither was he dissuading. Overall, I think i did well than I had expected, but with the type of questions, it was hard to say because there were clearly no good or bad answers, it probably depends a lot on how well you converse and how clearly you can speak. Alas, I have nothing left in my hands but wait for Oxford and LBS decisions, and if they don't work, have to stare really long for alternatives.

Good luck for the rest of you.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2009, 13:34
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Alright ladies 'n' gents, had my interview this morning. I can never read how these things go, but here are some highlights:

1. Was asked, pretty point blank, why MBA and why LBS
2. Was asked about a team when I led a team, and the strengths and weaknesses of my style
3. Future aspirations, from a career perspective
4. What I was most proud of , outside of work. I had to think about this one, because I was totally unprepared for it. After my first example, he asked me for another one
5. I was asked a pointed question about my undergrad years, what I liked best about them, and what my extracurriculars were during school ... I had to answer honestly to the second part, and said that I didnt do much outside the classroom while in school, but have done more as an alumni
6. Presentation wasnt too, too bad, but I think I could have done better. There were two topics, and he gave me the choice of which I wanted to go for.

Overall, the interview was pretty relaxed. We connected initially because I set the interview up with him when I was overseas in Spain, and we started off talking about travelling, and how LBS is a great place for it. I also knew the interviewer's wife, so we had that in common.

I tried to bring across how passionate I was about the school, and how excited I was to be at the interview. Guess there isnt much more to say, so like y'all, I'll be waiting until the 16th !
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 09:22
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I have gone through the entire LBS thread today and really thankful for all the info. I am
-Indian/Female/GMAT 660/Engineer, 27 years old.
-4 years of WE in IT industry and
-Worked in UK at client location for almost 2 years and now live in France and learning French language here.
-I am not employed currently as i had to quit my job in June this year to join my husband here in France.

I would be grateful if bsd or prashok or any others can help me with a profile evaluation for LBS. I have a good experience of leading small teams and working in a multi-cultural environment. Even right now, all my classmates are from different countries. I have mostly been passionate about education so my few extra curricular activities have been only in that area.

Thanks for your advice.
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The MBA2009 Employment Report is finally out:

http://www.london.edu/assets/documents/ ... rt_LBS.pdf
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Can kudos talk about the funding issues?
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