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It is never too early! :)

My name is Brad and LBS is my top choice, followed by two US schools. I hope all my fellow 2011 LBS applicants can share their application progress on this thread much like the 2010 LBS thread.

I actually attended an MBA fair last fall and spoke with the LBS staff and got the ball rolling then. Over the past 6 months or so it has become apparent that LBS fits what I am hoping to get from an MBA and I'm focusing my efforts accordingly.

I checked today and it looks like they've put up the essay questions. I'm on vacation for the next month, so it will give me time to draft a couple first drafts. I've already read a couple MBA Admissions books and have a spreadsheet filled with my brainstorming for the general topics that appear on the essays. I'm still not sure whether I will use a consultant to review my essays or whether I will go the friends, family and colleagues route. Beside the obvious cost of a consultant I feel that drafting and editing myself is almost a matter of pride, ...or maybe hubris. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

My info:
30 y/o male (American)
7 years work experience (real estate finance)
710 GMAT (95% V, 75% Q)
low undergrad GPA

Best of luck to everyone and I look forward to possibly sharing a stream with you at LBS!
Brad


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Information on the school:
MBA home page : http://www.london.edu/mba.html
Employment report : http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/be ... mpact.html
Social Clubs : http://www.londonsa.org/dynamic/club_list.php

2010 Information Event Schedule: http://www.london.edu/programmes/infoevents/do?progSelect=MBA&locationSelect=

Mckinsey recruiting at LBS - http://www.mckinsey.com/careers/lbs/home.aspx

Ranked #1 school in the WORLD by FT in 2009. Link - http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolra ... a-rankings

LBS 2010 thread can be found here: the-london-business-school-2010-thread-78838.html
LBS 2009 thread can be found here: the-london-business-school-2009-thread-70701.html
LBS 2008 thread can be found here : lbs-r1-roll-call-54115.html

LBS online application can be found here : https://www.london.edu/register/do?actionId=186
Recommendor forms : http://www.london.edu/assets/documents/ ... ctions.pdf

Other programs offered:
Executive MBA: http://www.london.edu/programmes/executivemba.html
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Masters in Finance: http://www.london.edu/programmes/mastersinfinance.html

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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 16:46
welcome! thanks! :)
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 13:15
Good initiative buddy. Perhaps look at the title pages for 2010 thread and post some useful links on the master post.

Good luck with the application process.

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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 16:37
I'd love to post additional info, but I dont have privileges yet, so I have to wait a week...

Anyone out there want to draw some info from the prior LBS threads so we can create a go-to data source on this thread as well? That would be great.

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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 03:41
Good stuff brad....just went through the LBS 2010 thread and found it very informative....

My profile.....

27 y/o male (Nigerian)
5 years work experience (asset mgt for three and private equity for two) in Nigeria
670 GMAT (89% V, 62% Q)
Took the CFA level two exam last week...hope i pass to get around my low quant score in GMAT
low undergrad GPA

BSD_Lover...notice you were the star of the 2010 thread :wink:......think i got a shot at LBS?

I also plan to apply to Cranfield, Said and Judge in addition to LBS.

Here's to a successful admission's season for us all!
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 06:22
Hi bayoba, not just LBS but many other schools will find your profile attractive. Do the obvious things (i.e. essays, recommendations) right.

Good luck.
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2010, 13:57
Thanks for starting the thread.

I'm actually going to be a reapplicant after getting dinged last year (1st round with interview).

My profile:

27 year old male (American)
A little less than 5 years w/e in public sector consulting in the US.
760 GMAT (99% V, 88% Q)
3.5 GPA

I think I've done a lot in the past year to improve my profile (Extra leadership and ECs), but how worried should I be that I wasn't explicitly asked to reapply in my original ding letter?
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2010, 03:27
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...I'm still not sure whether I will use a consultant to review my essays or whether I will go the friends, family and colleagues route. Beside the obvious cost of a consultant I feel that drafting and editing myself is almost a matter of pride, ...or maybe hubris. Anyone have any thoughts on this?


Definitely ask family and friends to look over your essays. And if you need further advice feel free to check out our group:
http://www.MBAvolunteers.org

We review MBA applications in exchange for a donation to charity. Our group was founded by LBS students in 2008. Let me know if you have any questions.

Good luck to everyone!!!

Cheers,
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 09:12
Thanks for starting up this thread. It's about time!
Looking forward to apply this fall and to collaborate with everyone on this forum.

Link to my profile:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/profile-eval-fall-2011-intake-91295.html
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2010, 18:15
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Thanks for starting the thread.

I'm actually going to be a reapplicant after getting dinged last year (1st round with interview).

My profile:

27 year old male (American)
A little less than 5 years w/e in public sector consulting in the US.
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3.5 GPA

I think I've done a lot in the past year to improve my profile (Extra leadership and ECs), but how worried should I be that I wasn't explicitly asked to reapply in my original ding letter?



I also think so.
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2010, 23:13
Hi everyone,

count me in for R1 for LBS. It is one of my top choices. I am an Indian with more than 3 years of exp for now. Engineer by qualification and work ex in Finance + entrepreneurship.

I am a little worried about the international experience clause at LBS. I work in Foreign Exchange(Or Forex) markets and thus have traveled a little to international locations for small work stints. However, my work requires extensively working and networking with individuals and organisations all over the globe. I have recruited a team which spans around the globe(from Aus to Canada).

Any seasoned forum members who can comment something on that concern of mine? Are there any students out there who did not have much international experience in terms of working at geographically diverse locations?How fussy is LBS about this?
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2010, 12:52
ankitgarg20 wrote:
Hi everyone,

count me in for R1 for LBS. It is one of my top choices. I am an Indian with more than 3 years of exp for now. Engineer by qualification and work ex in Finance + entrepreneurship.

I am a little worried about the international experience clause at LBS. I work in Foreign Exchange(Or Forex) markets and thus have traveled a little to international locations for small work stints. However, my work requires extensively working and networking with individuals and organizations all over the globe. I have recruited a team which spans around the globe(from Aus to Canada).

Any seasoned forum members who can comment something on that concern of mine? Are there any students out there who did not have much international experience in terms of working at geographically diverse locations?How fussy is LBS about this?



I'd also love to have someone chime in on this. My potential answer to the "international experience" essay is even thinner so I'm wondering if this is a kiss of death for an application. Has anybody been accepted with pretty limited int'l experience?
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I'd also love to have someone chime in on this. My potential answer to the "international experience" essay is even thinner so I'm wondering if this is a kiss of death for an application. Has anybody been accepted with pretty limited int'l experience?


I can't tell you the exact name of someone, but when I attended an info session on campus last summer, one of the admissions people specifically mentioned one person whose first trip outside their home country was when they traveled to start at LBS. I'm in a similar boat as you are in terms of international exposure being my weak link. You're at least not alone...
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 06:59
Hi :) ,
Im new here and would like to know the suitability of my profile for an MBA in London Business School (LBS).Since I find most of the time,people with management background(in terms of work experience) applying for the hot seat.About me - I have been working in India for the last 75 months in India.My work experience is more of technical research.And Im not sure,if I should go for MBA in LBS though.Terms like Investment banking,equity trading are like greek(No,I dont know greek) to me.
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 14:14
Hiya!

I'm new here but this club and thread look promising! Just wanted to post a hi to everyone. LBS has been my top choice for several years if I can swing it but have a few others as backups (US).

Good luck to all and here's to our journey of getting there! :-D
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2010, 13:03
American f 28 6 years we business development and started an office in London two years ago. Int exp study in japan and Cuba
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2010, 21:28
GMAT 700 (Q48, V38 both 83%ile, overall 90%ile)
Work Ex: Almost 5 years (in 3 different countries), highly diverse roles and organizations (startups, large organizations, govt agencies, SMEs) includes leadership roles
Education: MSc in Mobile Computing with distinction from University in UK, BE in Computer Engineering with first class from University in India (below avg overall in BE)
Extracurriculars: Above Average

Problem: All my experience has been highly technical, though I have leadership experience, but it was again for a highly technical role. I want a career change into corporate strategy/consultancy. Both these areas are very strong in LBS with strong placements as well.

Questions I have: Is GMAT score enough. Will a second attempt help at all as the other things cannot be changed.

I do not want to go to any admission consultant as it is unethical in nature.

I am an Indian and Indian pool of applicants is very competitive in nature.
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Re: The London Business School 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 11:10
i'm most probably in for R2!
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how low is low gpa? is it below 3 or low 3? i am interested but i have 2.92/720...
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I'd also love to have someone chime in on this. My potential answer to the "international experience" essay is even thinner so I'm wondering if this is a kiss of death for an application. Has anybody been accepted with pretty limited int'l experience?

This was one of my worries. For what it's worth, in four years of working in the UK I spent precisely 3 weeks outside the country. My international experience essay focused on one week of international volunteer work. This is definately on the low side relative to most people, but it hopefully shows that you don't need a massive amount of overseas experience if your application is strong in other areas.
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