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Calling all LBS (London) MBA Applicants: (2020 Intake) Class of 2022!

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Applying to LBS? Join the 2020 Intake Discussion


Welcome everyone to the LBS Full-time MBA 2020 Intake Class forum. Let's use this chance to get to know each other, exchange information and opinion about the London School of Bussiness and generall help each other to get into the MBA program of our dreams.

Happy networking.

I will try to post articles and updates once LBS publishes information and I am happy for everyone who helps to make this a lively and engaging discussion!

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Find out where you could meet the LBS admissions team in a city near you:

https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/mba/mba-information-events

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This is fantastic! Thank you for putting this post out. I particularly liked the conversation with LBS students. Have there been any other such conversations organised in the past/will be organised now? Would be great to know more about the students' experience with the international components of the school. Thanks!
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Very much agreed - great chat transcripts, great questions!

Can you or anyone shed some light on why LBS is no longer putting up big numbers for IB? Kind of worrying me, which schools do I recommend for IB for UK/European bound clients. Also, nice to see LBS is leading the way on entrepreneurship focus among UK/European schools. IESE is doing the same.

GMATin thanks for calling this out, great read.

Try to attend an in-person event, but also join the online webinar at 1pm BST on Thursday, July 18. Register: https://www.london.edu/news-and-events/events/calendar/w/webinar-how-to-be-a-stand-out-applicant

But even more than that, would recommend you reach out directly to LBS alums and students via Linked In - put together an organized email with specific questions and you will get responses. I feel this is really the best source of research.

From all sources, strive to gather some interesting quotes to put in your essays.

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This is fantastic! Thank you for putting this post out. I particularly liked the conversation with LBS students. Have there been any other such conversations organised in the past/will be organised now? Would be great to know more about the students' experience with the international components of the school. Thanks!

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Some thoughts I can offer:

LBS likes seasoned applicants. If you have less than 4-5 years of work experience, they are likely to recommend you apply to their MIM program. Would say LBS is almost similar to an executive program in that work experience is their primary concern, in the words of David Simpson, “show me the level you are working at.” Speak to budgets, direct reports, role in the organization in your CV and recommendations.

Also, they like to see a good fit. They want to know that what they offer is what you are seeking – specifically. I imagine this is for yield purposes (they probably lose out quite a bit to INSEAD and top US schools)

So make sure to speak on how LBS is special to you. Not just in terms of fun and interesting, but how it matches up with your career trajectory, future goals and legacy.

1) Articulate why you need a United Nations style MBA program – how that ties up with your goals. 2) Also good to show how appreciate the flexibility of the program term, how that is going to help you.

Both of these things are unique to LBS (aside from #1 for INSEAD) and if they know you value what makes them unique, they feel they are more likely to “get” you. This increases your chances of an admit.
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MBAPrepCoach , GMATin ,

thank you for the positive feedback, although I have to admit that the main work has been done by Narenn and I just wanted to make sure I keep his good ideas alive for this years thread. :)

I´ll get in touch with the other moderators to see if we can also get some LBS alums/students to share their thoughts and experiences to give us some food for though regarding the upcoming admission cycle. Furthermore, there are a couple of interesting YT videos about LBS available, I´ll integrate them into the first post as well.

With regards to the decrease in IB placings I´ve not yet heard of the reasons, but with the weekend coming up I´ll do some research on that topic and keep you posted.

If there is anything else you would like to see here please let me know!
I want to make this thread is worth your read.

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Hi Arro44, that sounds great. Such a post could be very impactful. Another thing I was thinking, could we have a reserved post for all past and current blogs of LBS students? I can see there are numerous such posts in the forum but combining all of them into one as a repository for future reference could be great. In case there is one such post that I missed, please do let me know.

Narenn is, of course, a star when it comes to combining all the valuable information a candidate could require on the MBA process. :)

MBAPrepCoach, thank you for your valuable suggestions. While I am already doing most of your suggestions, I always wonder if I am going overboard with alumni connect and research. However, your comments have put me at ease :)
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MBAPrepCoach wrote:
Some thoughts I can offer:

LBS likes seasoned applicants. If you have less than 4-5 years of work experience, they are likely to recommend you apply to their MIM program. Would say LBS is almost similar to an executive program in that work experience is their primary concern, in the words of David Simpson, “show me the level you are working at.” Speak to budgets, direct reports, role in the organization in your CV and recommendations.

Also, they like to see a good fit. They want to know that what they offer is what you are seeking – specifically. I imagine this is for yield purposes (they probably lose out quite a bit to INSEAD and top US schools)

So make sure to speak on how LBS is special to you. Not just in terms of fun and interesting, but how it matches up with your career trajectory, future goals and legacy.

1) Articulate why you need a United Nations style MBA program – how that ties up with your goals. 2) Also good to show how appreciate the flexibility of the program term, how that is going to help you.

Both of these things are unique to LBS (aside from #1 for INSEAD) and if they know you value what makes them unique, they feel they are more likely to “get” you. This increases your chances of an admit.


Hey MBAPrepCoach,

Once again excellent tips, thank you! I have a follow-up. Over a few discussions, I have recently had with LBS alum, it has been pointed out that when describing the story from the point of view of a family business (I come from a family business background), a candidate must be very careful in stating short term and long term goals in essays. It seems that LBS has lately started reporting issues when people radically change their career inclination from what they wrote in essays to when they approach the career services (during their studies at LBS). This is especially the case they have noticed with candidates coming from a family business. I always believed that business schools are accepting of the fact that a candidate could very well change their goals as they progress in the program. My guess is that if at all such a trend is occurring, it could greatly impact the tone of essay analysis and interviews for a candidate from a family business.

Do you hold any merit to this opinion?
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Hi GMATin, wow, drama and intrigue! I had not heard about this before and thanks for the scoop. This makes me think about CBS J-term where they want to be assured you don't have to scramble for an internship should you be accepted.

Yes, it is normally understood that goals change. But I can see how it would be frustrating for them to deal with bait and switch time and time again, and how this would increase the overall pressure on OCR and career services.

One of the reasons they would accept a family business candidate over someone else is because 1.) they don't have to help you and 2.) you won't burder their employment stats which are factored in to rankings.

I have many clarifying questions. What do you mean by "reporting," what are they actually doing? What are the consequence if you need the help of career services when you stated a family business goal in your essays? Do you have to stand in the corner ? JK.

Also, what you mean by the last line about changing your tone in the essays; how exactly? What do you have in mind?

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MBAPrepCoach wrote:
Some thoughts I can offer:

LBS likes seasoned applicants. If you have less than 4-5 years of work experience, they are likely to recommend you apply to their MIM program. Would say LBS is almost similar to an executive program in that work experience is their primary concern, in the words of David Simpson, “show me the level you are working at.” Speak to budgets, direct reports, role in the organization in your CV and recommendations.

Also, they like to see a good fit. They want to know that what they offer is what you are seeking – specifically. I imagine this is for yield purposes (they probably lose out quite a bit to INSEAD and top US schools)

So make sure to speak on how LBS is special to you. Not just in terms of fun and interesting, but how it matches up with your career trajectory, future goals and legacy.

1) Articulate why you need a United Nations style MBA program – how that ties up with your goals. 2) Also good to show how appreciate the flexibility of the program term, how that is going to help you.

Both of these things are unique to LBS (aside from #1 for INSEAD) and if they know you value what makes them unique, they feel they are more likely to “get” you. This increases your chances of an admit.


Hey MBAPrepCoach,

Once again excellent tips, thank you! I have a follow-up. Over a few discussions, I have recently had with LBS alum, it has been pointed out that when describing the story from the point of view of a family business (I come from a family business background), a candidate must be very careful in stating short term and long term goals in essays. It seems that LBS has lately started reporting issues when people radically change their career inclination from what they wrote in essays to when they approach the career services (during their studies at LBS). This is especially the case they have noticed with candidates coming from a family business. I always believed that business schools are accepting of the fact that a candidate could very well change their goals as they progress in the program. My guess is that if at all such a trend is occurring, it could greatly impact the tone of essay analysis and interviews for a candidate from a family business.

Do you hold any merit to this opinion?

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GMATin one small point - don't go overboard with HBS research because there is no way to leverage it in the application process; they have such a high yield they don't frankly care how interested you are but more focused on how interesting you are to them. For other schools, the school loses out to other programs (esp LBS - to INSEAD and top US schools) and/or alumni research informs the content you include in your application.

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Hi Arro44, that sounds great. Such a post could be very impactful. Another thing I was thinking, could we have a reserved post for all past and current blogs of LBS students? I can see there are numerous such posts in the forum but combining all of them into one as a repository for future reference could be great. In case there is one such post that I missed, please do let me know.

Narenn is, of course, a star when it comes to combining all the valuable information a candidate could require on the MBA process. :)

MBAPrepCoach, thank you for your valuable suggestions. While I am already doing most of your suggestions, I always wonder if I am going overboard with alumni connect and research. However, your comments have put me at ease :)

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Hi all,

I am planning to apply in R1 and currently working on the essays. I have 13 years of experience in the IT & ITES industry in India with over 4 years of International experience in UK. Although LBS has tried to talk me into taking up its Executive MBA program, I have my own reasons for taking up a full-time MBA at this stage of my career, and hopefully will be able to convince that point via the essays. Looking forward to discuss and share thoughts and experiences as the admission cycle moves along.

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Hi nvdmurty I am a bit concerned that they were not encouraging of your application to the full time program. How old are you, if I may ask that? As far as the argument you plan to present in the goals essay, did you discuss that with David Simpson or someone else in person? Just want to make sure you are headed in the right direction;have you considered one year programs like MIT Sloan Fellows? Maybe even Sloan Fellows LBS?

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I am planning to apply in R1 and currently working on the essays. I have 13 years of experience in the IT & ITES industry in India with over 4 years of International experience in UK. Although LBS has tried to talk me into taking up its Executive MBA program, I have my own reasons for taking up a full-time MBA at this stage of my career, and hopefully will be able to convince that point via the essays. Looking forward to discuss and share thoughts and experiences as the admission cycle moves along.

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Hi MBAPrepCoach,

I did not meet David Simpson, but I did meet members of the adcom in a walk-in session couple of months back. That was before I took the GMAT. I was asked to consider the Executive MBA also, but in case I decide to go with the full time MBA, I may have to bring it out in the essays as to why I would prefer a full-time over an Exec MBA at this stage of my career.

Honestly, I believe it should be left to an individuals choice, as I would prefer to retain control on what I intend to do rather than have ad-coms dictate my choices. 2 years of Exec MBA is only going to make me gain more experience in a role that does not help my future career goals and also make the transition I plan to make more difficult than it is currently.

I also met the Admissions manager from Oxford and the feedback from there was much more encouraging. Still in the process of contacting ad-coms of other schools I intend to target. Finished with the GMAT only last Monday!

By the way I am 37.

Regards,
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Hi nvdmurty I am a bit concerned that they were not encouraging of your application to the full time program. How old are you, if I may ask that? As far as the argument you plan to present in the goals essay, did you discuss that with David Simpson or someone else in person? Just want to make sure you are headed in the right direction;have you considered one year programs like MIT Sloan Fellows? Maybe even Sloan Fellows LBS?

nvdmurty wrote:
Hi all,

I am planning to apply in R1 and currently working on the essays. I have 13 years of experience in the IT & ITES industry in India with over 4 years of International experience in UK. Although LBS has tried to talk me into taking up its Executive MBA program, I have my own reasons for taking up a full-time MBA at this stage of my career, and hopefully will be able to convince that point via the essays. Looking forward to discuss and share thoughts and experiences as the admission cycle moves along.

Regards,
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I'm planning on applying to Round 1.

Background is in consulting, but i'm currently running a well-financed startup venture and looking to broaden my network, my knowledge and my experience post-mba to enhance my current value to both consulting and my ventures.
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Hi All,

Is anyone having trouble logging in to the application form? I'm unfortunately getting an error. Though I logged a service request for the technical team, haven't heard back in a week.

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Is anyone having trouble logging in to the application form? I'm unfortunately getting an error. Though I logged a service request for the technical team, haven't heard back in a week.

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Yes I am receiving an error also.
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Is anyone having trouble logging in to the application form? I'm unfortunately getting an error. Though I logged a service request for the technical team, haven't heard back in a week.

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Hi,

I had checked with the support team two days back and following is the response I received

"Unfortunately, the application form is down for the time being whilst some final edits are confirmed.

We’re expecting it to be back online by the middle of next week."

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Thanks for the update nvdmurty
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nvdmurty sorry to hear.

It would be fairly hard, though, to do the full-time MBA at 37 because the positions you start out at as are going to be extremely junior, mate. I'd strongly reconsider a part-time otherwise....hopefully see you on the other side in a full-time program! haha

Has anyone managed to get to the applications screen?
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Yeah same problem of not being able to edit my application.

IT Support team said they are working on it. still...
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hey guys

Just a quick doubt.
If you have had your UG education in english you dont have to provide TOEFL/IELTS score ryt ?

I am sure we dont have to but just confirming.
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