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How to use LinkedIn to your advantage [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: How to use LinkedIn to your advantage
LinkedIn is a popular social media platform for professionals. It’s a great tool to show off your skills, share content and build a community around industry experts. Although it is business and employment-oriented, it can be an equally good tool for candidates applying to our programmes. The Recruitment team will take a look at your LinkedIn profile if you submit it for a review instead of your CV.

Here are some tips on how to use your LinkedIn profile to your advantage.

[b] Complete your bio [/b]

To make your profile stand out, add a professional profile picture. You can also add a cover image to your profile; make sure it’s relevant to your experience. It’s a good idea to add a catchy headline and a summary showcasing your skills and achievements.

Once you’ve uploaded the pictures and updated your headline, focus on sharing relevant details about your experience on your profile summary. You’ll need to put your higher education details in and mention your graduation date and grade. Mention any relevant work experience, any volunteering activities, student clubs, positions of responsibility and any other additional skills.

Think of your LinkedIn profile as an updated version of a CV. Only include your professional information and don’t leave any gaps in your experience.

[b]Use LinkedIn as a networking tool[/b]

LinkedIn is a social media platform and is therefore a great tool for networking. Feel free to research the profiles of LBS students and alumni to see how your profile compares and connect with them.

Student ambassadors are always happy to share their knowledge and help you with any questions you have about student life at LBS.

When reaching out to LBS students or alumni, remember to be professional. Always be polite and avoid asking multiple questions in a long message; keep it brief and precise.

You can also connect with the Recruitment and Admissions staff by sending us a direct message, but you will receive a faster response by communicating with us via email. [b][email=earlycareers@london.edu]earlycareers@london.edu[/email][/b],[b] [email=mim@london.edu]mim@london.edu[/email][/b],[b] [email=globalmim@london.edu]globalmim@london.edu[/email], [email=mam@london.edu]mam@london.edu[/email][/b],[b] [email=mfa@london.edu]mfa@london.edu[/email].[/b]

If used correctly, LinkedIn can be a great tool for research and networking. Connect with us today!

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STUDENT CLUBS AT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: STUDENT CLUBS AT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
One of the things to enhance student experiences in London Business School is our student clubs. There are over 80 student clubs with regular events held throughout the year. Whether you are interested in professional, cultural or sports clubs, there is always more going on than you could ever have time for. Clubs provide students with an opportunity to explore areas of interest and connect with alumni and the wider community.

Boost Your Network & Leadership Experience

Through organizing different types of events and communicating with different stakeholders, students will gain and test their leaderships skills. A lot of students create life-long relationships with their peers and alumni.

How to become a member? Structural process

Each student club typically holds a kick-off event within the first month of the academic year. The club leaders will share their plans for the year and how you can get involved. Students in Graduate Masters programmes can apply for Junior Executive Committee roles, another opportunity to enhance your leadership skills.

Types of student clubs at LBS



Professional – Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Women in Business

Sports – Golf, Sailing, Women’s’ Touch Rugby

Regional – Africa, China, Latin America

Social – Board Games, Foodie, Wine and Spirits

These are a few of the student clubs at London Business School. Our students can join a few clubs at the same time according to their interests.

To learn more about our student clubs, take a look at CampusGroups (the student club hub) or alternatively read these blog posts:

MY EXPERIENCE IN STUDENT CLUBS AS AN EARLY CAREERS STUDENT

By Lindsey Zastawny, MFA2022

THE WOMEN IN BUSINESS CLUB

By Maria Busz – Recruitment Associate

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My experience of the Global Business Assignment [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: My experience of the Global Business Assignment
By Angela Stathi, EMBA London 2019



As an Executive MBA student from London Business School, I had the opportunity to explore the business world outside of the campus by participating in the Global Business Assignment (GBA), a one-week credited course led and assessed by LBS faculty, that runs in the second year of the programme. The aim of the course was to meet with senior industry professionals, explore new technologies and global trends but also connect with alumni in cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Beijing, San Francisco, Mexico City and Athens.

I was extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to go to San Francisco where I visited LinkedIn, Google, Uber, IDEO, PayPal and Visa offices alongside my EMBA classmates, as well as EMBA-Global and LBS Sloan students. It was an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in new technologies and innovations. 

I also connected with a diverse set of experts such as: Pascal Finette, Co-Founder of be radical, Lyle Fong, serial entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, and Krishna M. Ramachandran, Healthcare and New Ventures Expert at IDEO. Lyle shared with us some fascinating stories of the San Francisco start-up world and how he started out in this world as well helped others raise funds on his way to success. Pascal talked about the speed and the scale at which technology is being developed and how companies will need to learn to adapt in order to remain competitive.

The Global Business Assignment was certainly the highlight of my Executive MBA programme at LBS and the one I will cherish for life. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and it tested my expertise and understanding of leadership, sustainability, technology and innovation. It also helped me appreciate global trends, products, breakthrough technologies and innovations. I learnt how to evaluate business opportunities but also to explore solutions for long-standing companies.

The trip was truly transformational and inspirational at the same time. It changed my perspective in life and it gave me a new direction in my career. With my deep passion to help transform people’s lives and economies, and alongside my executive career, I am now an Advisor and Non-Executive Director for large corporates and scale-up technology companies in the fields of youth, sustainability, energy and health. I transfer knowledge and experience for companies to strategically grow their business. I advise companies on matters such as strategy, organisational development, process improvements, product innovation, corporate governance, sustainability and social and environmental impact.

I am extremely grateful to LBS to have had this opportunity to participate in the Global Business Assignment as part of my Executive MBA. Thanks to this programme, I was inspired and appreciate the new challenges and opportunities of this world. This programme was the start of a new beginning, one that led me to who I am today and one I will remember forever.

To find out more about Experiential Learning at LBS, and to read the new impact report, please click here.

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Farrel Lavenson Why I chose London Business Schools MBA Programme [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Farrel Lavenson – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA Programme




I
chose London Business School because of the
opportunities to build a global network, meet people from drastically different
backgrounds, and live and work in London. I already had a strong network in the
States and appreciated the highly diverse student body and access to non-US
centric job opportunities that LBS had to offer.

Thinking about the transition to LBS, I was
most excited to be out of my comfort zone. I was coming from 6 years of living
in New York City, with a great job, partner, and friends. I was very happy, but
also recognized the value of the unique opportunity in my 20s to move to
another country and connect with hundreds of incredible people from all over
the world. 

I was lucky enough to receive a Forte
Foundation fellowship, which recognises a diverse range of women with exemplary
leadership and a commitment to advancing women in business. Beyond the valuable
financial benefit, this fellowship connected me with a network of powerful and
highly accomplished women that I can leverage both during and beyond the
MBA. 

Upon joining the programme, I was
apprehensive about the ability to make the most of my time. With so many
exciting club events, classes, social activities, and career events, each
opportunity always comes with tradeoffs. As expected, prioritisation is
incredibly important, and I’ve found that my priorities have shifted throughout
the programme. I’m hesitant to complain though, as it’s thanks to LBS that we
have so many great ways to spend our time. 

After wrapping my first year, I can
confidently say that LBS does an incredible job of attracting open-minded
students. From long conversations with a peer around the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, to discussions with a Russian classmate to understand the perspective
of Russian citizens regarding the invasion of Ukraine, I’ve valued having the
opportunity to learn from others’ beliefs and experiences.

Additionally, LBS students are
exceptionally collaborative and invested in others’ success. The week of our
finance exam, one of my stream members with a finance background voluntarily
hosted multiple review sessions, spending hours patiently answering everyone’s
questions. Another time, when my friend and I were interviewing for the same
role and she learned she wasn’t moving onto the next round, the first thing she
did was offer to mock interview me for my next round. To me, these experiences
speak volumes about the types of people that join the LBS MBA programme. 

I’ve also appreciated the ability to
connect with like-minded women, having had the opportunity to attend several
Women in Business Events run by my peers. A few examples include an “I am
Remarkable” workshop, and a “Women’s Fertility 101” session with a doctor. The
former focused on teaching women to recognize and articulate their strengths
and accomplishments, and the latter focused on addressing fertility
misconceptions and providing important insight into women’s options. Both
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Farrel Levenson Why I chose London Business Schools MBA Programme [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Farrel Levenson – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA Programme




I
chose London Business School because of the
opportunities to build a global network, meet people from drastically different
backgrounds, and live and work in London. I already had a strong network in the
States and appreciated the highly diverse student body and access to non-US
centric job opportunities that LBS had to offer.

Thinking about the transition to LBS, I was
most excited to be out of my comfort zone. I was coming from 6 years of living
in New York City, with a great job, partner, and friends. I was very happy, but
also recognized the value of the unique opportunity in my 20s to move to
another country and connect with hundreds of incredible people from all over
the world. 

I was lucky enough to receive a Forte
Foundation fellowship, which recognises a diverse range of women with exemplary
leadership and a commitment to advancing women in business. Beyond the valuable
financial benefit, this fellowship connected me with a network of powerful and
highly accomplished women that I can leverage both during and beyond the
MBA. 

Upon joining the programme, I was
apprehensive about the ability to make the most of my time. With so many
exciting club events, classes, social activities, and career events, each
opportunity always comes with tradeoffs. As expected, prioritisation is
incredibly important, and I’ve found that my priorities have shifted throughout
the programme. I’m hesitant to complain though, as it’s thanks to LBS that we
have so many great ways to spend our time. 

After wrapping my first year, I can
confidently say that LBS does an incredible job of attracting open-minded
students. From long conversations with a peer around the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, to discussions with a Russian classmate to understand the perspective
of Russian citizens regarding the invasion of Ukraine, I’ve valued having the
opportunity to learn from others’ beliefs and experiences.

Additionally, LBS students are
exceptionally collaborative and invested in others’ success. The week of our
finance exam, one of my stream members with a finance background voluntarily
hosted multiple review sessions, spending hours patiently answering everyone’s
questions. Another time, when my friend and I were interviewing for the same
role and she learned she wasn’t moving onto the next round, the first thing she
did was offer to mock interview me for my next round. To me, these experiences
speak volumes about the types of people that join the LBS MBA programme. 

I’ve also appreciated the ability to
connect with like-minded women, having had the opportunity to attend several
Women in Business Events run by my peers. A few examples include an “I am
Remarkable” workshop, and a “Women’s Fertility 101” session with a doctor. The
former focused on teaching women to recognize and articulate their strengths
and accomplishments, and the latter focused on addressing fertility
misconceptions and providing important insight into women’s options. Both
events fostered very honest and empowering conversations.

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Sabra Banane Why I chose London Business Schools MBA programme [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Sabra Banane – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA programme


I
chose London Business School for my MBA because it perfectly serves the main
reasons why I wanted to pursue an MBA. The school offers the best international
exposure backed up by the diversity of the cohort, the numerous exchanges
offered and the global business experience. It also proposes a well-shaped
programme in terms of length and content offering flexible exit points and a
wide range of electives and tailored cores that enable everyone to tailor their
own journey at LBS based on their career aspirations and personal constraints.

On top of that, I considered that the location of the
school is ideal for a travel lover like me who wanted to explore Europe.

Once
you become part of the LBS community and you realize the diversity of
backgrounds, ways of thinking and aspirations of your peers, you consider
bringing a unique offering to the table a duty. To fulfil this duty, I relied
on my previous experiences and background. Graduating as an industrial engineer
and working as a management consultant before joining LBS helped me develop a
unique and structured way of thinking that would be an added value to teams I
work with.

One thing I’ve learned about LBS that has surprised me is
the multitude of opportunities the MBA programme offers to foster students’
leadership skills. That is, students are encouraged to work on their leadership
skills in and outside of classes. The Career Centre initiatives, student clubs
and student-led activities all offer great opportunities for each student to embrace
their entrepreneurial drive and develop their own unique leadership style.

Before starting my MBA journey, I was excited about the
diversity that LBS will offer but I was also worried about all the cultural
differences that this diversity may bring. Being a part of a cohort of more
than 500 people with different backgrounds, cultures, and values cannot
guarantee having an inclusive environment. However, I was pleasantly surprised
how all these differences were leveraged to enrich discussions rather than
creating gaps.

When I joined LBS, I was very excited about several things.
I was looking forward to going back to school with a different mindset from what
I used to have the last time I was in school. The exciting part was that I will
be the one who will orchestrate the whole experience and due to the
customisation of the programme, I’ll consume a programme that is tailored
specifically to me.  

I was also excited to meet new people with different
backgrounds and different aspirations especially after more than one year of
lockdown and restrictions due to the pandemic. I was eager to start nurturing
my network again.

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Saumya Sudhir Why I chose London Business Schools MBA [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Saumya Sudhir – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA


Having grown up across nine countries, I knew I
wanted my MBA to be as global as the rest of my life has been. London Business
School’s incredibly international student body and faculty convinced me I would
be surrounded by diverse perspectives every day.  

Moreover, no other MBA programme offers as much
flexibility to carve your own path. At LBS, I can tailor my learning to
complement my unique career journey. I can effectively customise every aspect
of my learning to achieve my personal goals, by selecting from a variety of
electives, going on a global exchange, or participating in global business
immersions.  

I love people. This has been reflected in my
academic and career choices, as I have a degree in Psychology and chose a
career in strategy and user experience design. When faced with challenges at
work and in the classroom, I am adept at using my intuition to look beyond
static numbers and instead understand the more dynamic human stories behind
them. This helps me generate innovative solutions that put human needs first.
 

Many academic institutions pride themselves on
creating diverse student bodies. However, LBS understands the importance of
inclusion, not just diversity. This is evident in the plethora of student clubs
devoted to specific topics, unique electives to ensure various student
background are honoured, and wellbeing and student support services to enable
students to manage obstacles to their learning and achieve their fullest
potential while at LBS.   

While applying to LBS, I attended a virtual event
organised by the Women in Business Club. In talking to the club
representatives, I was blown away by their drive and vision for empowering
women in business. It was clear from their anecdotes that they were living,
breathing examples of how when we come together, we can bring about positive
change.   

A generous BK Birla Scholarship has allowed me to
finance both my tuition fees and budget for incredible parallel learning
opportunities, such as treks and global exchanges, where I otherwise may have
had to forego expenditures outside of tuition fees. I have also been awarded
the Forté Fellowship, which has placed me amidst a community of inspiring women
leaders, and whose programme will equip me with the skills and network I need
to become a more effective leader.  

As I embark on my MBA journey, I am most curious
about how to find my ideal career path based on my skills and interests, and
how I will go about securing a job opportunity in this specific field. I am most
excited to learn about things I never even knew existed from my diverse cohort,
through formal classroom discussions as well as authentic, informal
conversations.  

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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Things I wish I knew about the MBA Application process
By Priyal Keni, MBA 2024



Pursuing an MBA is a big decision which significantly impacts both your personal and professional life. Between you and your business school dream, there is one big hurdle you must cross – “the rigorous MBA application”.

The MBA application process is not a 100-metre sprint which you can accomplish in one shot. It is more like a marathon which will test your grit, commitment and endurance till you make it to the finish line. There can be times when you might feel overwhelmed or contemplate your decision. But a little advice from someone who just crossed this path – hang in there, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

About 12 weeks ago, I said yes to London Business School! Although it perfectly worked out for me and I finally got an admit from my dream school, now when I reflect on the journey, there are a few things I wish I knew back then when I started my MBA application.

So here is a little glimpse of what my journey looked like and a few key learnings for all those people who are planning to start with their applications for London Business School:

You are not alone in this journey – reach out to the LBS Community

To give you some context, I
started with my application just 2 weeks before the Round 2 deadline (do not
recommend doing this, I procrastinated too much). I still remember the day when
I first opened the application – I had no plan of action. There were a lot of
blogs about MBA admissions available online, but I was looking for something
more genuine and authentic to LBS.

For someone like me whose LinkedIn is always on steroids, as my next move I headed straight to the platform and managed to connect with a current MBA student the very same day through whom I got to know about Student Ambassadors at LBS. That one conversation was the game changer! Over the next 3 days I got onto coffee chats with 5-6 student ambassadors who were current LBS students genuinely invested in helping prospective applicants succeed. My interactions with them helped me curate a 2-week plan for myself and understand the key focus areas within the application.

LBS has a very tight community of
student ambassadors and club reps – so use this to your advantage! All it takes
is a little research on LinkedIn and a friendly message. Though I started off
the MBA application journey all alone, by the time I eventually accepted the
admit a few months later I already had my very own “LBS network” consisting of
current students and alums who were my strongest cheerleaders.

Building these meaningful relationships and getting a chance to know the LBS community so closely gave me the much-needed validation I was looking for to decide if LBS is where I saw myself spending the next 2 (transformational) years of my life!

Prioritise storytelling over data points

One of the most common mistakes most candidates commit is wasting too much time stressing on certain aspects of the application such as getting a high GMAT score or perfecting the CV format. The GMAT score and your CV are just one of the many components of the MBA application. I look at these as a list of checkboxes you need to tick with respect to a safe score, minimum required years of work experience, career background etc. Getting yourself a seat in the classroom ultimately burns down to Why LBS, Why Now and Why You? It’s your motivation to apply for this programme that matters the most and here is where your essays and recommendations come into play!

Rather than obsessing over the technical aspects of the application, divide your time well and sufficiently focus on how you plan to tell your story through several short form answers or mini essays under each section of the application. As a starting point, make a list of the top 10 most impactful stories which can not only build a strong profile of yours but also strengthen your motivation for applying for the MBA programme. Next, strategically place them under different sections of the application where you feel they are most relevant.

Pro tip – you can request your referee to mention any professional experiences which you would like to highlight through their recommendation. A best practice is submitting a list of data points to your recommender which can be used as a ready reference while curating your recommendation.

It is not over until it is (actually) over! 

Leverage every possible opportunity out there to convince the admissions team how committed you are about coming to LBS. Write that optional essay, submit that scholarship appeal, request any current student or alum you know well to recommend you and stay connected with the admissions team throughout the process.

One of the best parts about the LBS application is the flexibility the admissions committee offers for sending additional information or updates regarding your application. So, if you think hitting the “submit application” button was the end – you are wrong! Here are a few things you can continue to work on even after you have submitted the application – improving your GMAT score (only if you think you have a relatively low score and are confident that you will be able to achieve a significant jump over the next few weeks), asking current students/alums to recommend you (if they know you well enough to vouch for you) or submitting additional information regarding a promotion at work, job switch or any other career update.

Irrespective of whether you are a first-time applicant or a waitlisted candidate – the admissions team cumulatively considers all information you have submitted to them at the time of evaluating your application before deciding a final verdict!

Don’t wait until D-Day

Be super proactive at every stage
(trust me, it pays off!). If you have just submitted your application, start
preparing for your interview already. There are 2 interview stages – an online
(KIRA) interview and an alumni led interview. There are a host of resources
available online to practice for both these types of interviews and I can
literally write a dedicated blog on this topic altogether.

As you progress into the next
stage of the application process, the pressure starts building up as things start
to get real. While receiving an interview invitation means you already have
your foot inside the door and it is all about getting this one last thing right,
it also implies that there is so much at stake here! To avoid a situation where
you might later regret about being “so close and still so far” – prepare well
in advance.

I have met people who are
effortlessly good at both the online and offline interviews, but in most cases,
you tend to be better at one type of interview more than the other. Identify
where you need to invest more effort and fine tune your communication skills. Try
connecting with a few alumni to gain valuable insights about the alumni-led interviews.

Use the interview not only as an opportunity for the school to know more about you through the alum, but also for you to know more about the school and the programme by asking genuine questions to your interviewer. Doing your research and asking the right questions is a subtle way of showing your interviewer how serious you are about your next career step!

If you are at that stage in your application where you are done with your interviews and are awaiting the final decision, start proactively researching about scholarships and other external funding opportunities. Once you get your confirmation of acceptance, a few days is all you have in hand to decide, plan your finances and start the visa application. Personally, for me this was the most overwhelming part. I wanted to apply for multiple scholarships to manage my finances prudently – so immediately after the interviews were done, I made a list of scholarships I was eligible for, started curating the scholarship appeal and prepared an excel for evaluating my finances.

The day the LBS admission decision came in, I was already set to send out my scholarship applications and did not end up missing out on any of the tight deadlines. Over the next few weeks as the scholarship decisions started coming in, I simply kept tweaking the excel dashboard I had prepared to evaluate the financial requirements.

Next stop, London!

If you decide to come to LBS, be rest assured it is not going to be a lonely affair. When I made up my mind to move to London, the fact that I was going to shift to a completely new city I had never been to or knew anyone from kept bothering me. But the transition was super smooth and at no point did I feel alone or lost.

Once you say yes to LBS, you get access to an internal portal called Meet LBS through which you can start connecting with current students and your future classmates ahead of the programme start. There are dedicated informative sessions about moving to London and several other resources to help you make the big move. The Mumbai Alumni network was also very kind to organise a dinner meet-up for the incoming students during my year. Through Meet LBS we could interact with our future classmates, find flat mates and basically have each other’s back as we all geared up to pack our lives in 3 suitcases to move countries!

LBS is also extremely mindful of candidates who plan to move to London with their partners and children. In fact, there is a dedicated Partners Club on campus and partners of students across all programmes have access to all events, clubs and treks etc. (pretty cool, right?)

On a closing note, this article is purely based on a personal reflection of my journey of applying for the MBA programme. After having the “MBA Application” discussion with several classmates, I have met individuals on both sides of the spectrum – folks who have completed their application within 2 days and a few others who got in only after reapplying the next year. The entire application process is a unique experience which can be very different for each one of us. My final suggestion would be – enjoy the process! Irrespective of the final outcome, it is a great chance for you to reflect on your journey till date and your future career goals!

To learn more about our MBA programme and how to apply, please visit our website.

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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Noemi Walzebuck – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA
By Noemi Walzebuck, MBA 2023

After many years working in the United States, I wanted to return home to my native Europe to be closer to my family. I also wanted to pursue a career change into venture capital. And having grown up in six countries, in three different continents, I was looking forward to joining a diverse, cosmopolitan community filled with students from all parts of the world to learn from and collaborate. LBS’s location, programme outcomes and multicultural student body provided me with the perfect opportunity to pursue all of these goals.

Previous students had told me how open and collaborative the student body is (another reason I chose LBS!) but I didn’t realise just how so until I arrived on campus. As an example, about 30-40 students in our year are actively recruiting for venture capital, a notoriously difficult and competitive industry to enter. I’ve been blown away by how helpful classmates have been with each other as we navigate the recruiting cycle. We regularly get together to prepare for interviews, pass around job openings, introduce each other to helpful contacts, and teach each other new skills. We all want each other to succeed and celebrate everyone’s wins.

Upon joining the programme, I was most anxious about making so many changes (becoming a student again, changing location and embarking on a new career) all at once and how I would fare in the face of setbacks that would inevitably arise. Fortunately, the LBS community and administration have been incredibly supportive through moments of doubt and when challenges have cropped up. Thanks to the great support I’ve received from career coaches and Wellbeing Services, I feel more confident now that I can take on a wide breadth of challenges and feel supported along the way.

It’s an incredible privilege to join a group of 500 students from 90+ countries to learn and grow in a multitude of ways. I’ve already learned so much from my classmates and they’re still what I’m most excited about one year in.
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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Noemi Walzebuck – Why I chose London Business School’s MBA Programme
By Noemi Walzebuck, MBA 2023



After many years working in the United States, I wanted to return home to my native Europe to be closer to my family. I also wanted to pursue a career change into venture capital. And having grown up in six countries, in three different continents, I was looking forward to joining a diverse, cosmopolitan community filled with students from all parts of the world to learn from and collaborate. LBS’s location, programme outcomes and multicultural student body provided me with the perfect opportunity to pursue all of these goals.

Previous students had told me how open and collaborative the student body is (another reason I chose LBS!) but I didn’t realise just how so until I arrived on campus. As an example, about 30-40 students in our year are actively recruiting for venture capital, a notoriously difficult and competitive industry to enter. I’ve been blown away by how helpful classmates have been with each other as we navigate the recruiting cycle. We regularly get together to prepare for interviews, pass around job openings, introduce each other to helpful contacts, and teach each other new skills. We all want each other to succeed and celebrate everyone’s wins.

Upon joining the programme, I was most anxious about making so many changes (becoming a student again, changing location and embarking on a new career) all at once and how I would fare in the face of setbacks that would inevitably arise. Fortunately, the LBS community and administration have been incredibly supportive through moments of doubt and when challenges have cropped up. Thanks to the great support I’ve received from career coaches and Wellbeing Services, I feel more confident now that I can take on a wide breadth of challenges and feel supported along the way.

It’s an incredible privilege to join a group of 500 students from 90+ countries to learn and grow in a multitude of ways. I’ve already learned so much from my classmates and they’re still what I’m most excited about one year in.
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Executive MBA: Reflections on the Orientation week [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Executive MBA: Reflections on the Orientation week
At London Business School Orientation week is the first step that officially makes [b]Executive MBA[/b] students a part of the LBS Community. The week’s events brings together both the London and Dubai students. Both classes get the chance to meet each other, work together and even stay at the same accommodation. We spoke to some EMBA 2024 students about their experiences of Orientation week.

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[b]What are your first impressions of your cohort in terms of profession, diversity and collective experience?[/b]

[b]Abimbola Ogundare, EMBA London[/b]
The EMBA 2024 summer cohort is rich and diverse, with significant representation across a range of sectors, nationalities and social interests. I’ve always seen the statistics, but it’s really special to see it come alive through simple experiences like a group-led study dinner where the discussion menu included not just professional life, but culture tid-bits featuring a 2-part, multi-day wedding in Riyadh, equal opportunity workplace trends in Brazil and nightlife hotspots in Lagos. 

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[b]Zoe Prothero, EMBA London[/b]
I am incredibly inspired with the entire cohort. There is a huge range of diversity across professions, companies, nationalities and culture. Speaking to my cohort has opened my eyes to other industries and career areas that could be available to me. One of my group was an oncology doctor who transitioned to drug development and conversations with him sparked an idea about a business that I’m interested in exploring. Another member of my cohort works in the driverless car industry and it was fascinating to hear about and learn from their rigorous approach to general management.

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[b]Tako Barsonidze, EMBA Dubai[/b]
No matter how many words I will write, I cannot stress enough how impressed I am with the intelligence, agility, energy, diversity, professionalism, ambition, and openness this group has. I feel so proud of myself that I made a choice to join the LBS Dubai programme, although I just could not have calculated that it would be so great. I would like to think that my intuition is really something, but there is a level of luck for sure. I have a feeling that it is a tremendous opportunity to develop as a human and to find future partners in an innovative entrepreneurship, as a range of talents, perspectives and personalities is huge.

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[b]Satoki Kawabata [/b]
I was truly impressed by the richness and diversity of the cohort. As a combination of the London and Dubai cohort, we have 103 students with average of 14yrs of experience. As a collective experience, that is almost 1,500yrs of experience brought into the classrooms. The breath of experience and insights brought by the cohort will definitely be the key component of our learning experience. There is also the potential for networking during the EMBA programme. We will be spending a significant amount of time together and I’m certain this will lead to a life-long friendships with types of people I have never encountered before.

[b]How have you found being able to connect with the London stream at the London Campus – have you made any connections so far?[/b]

[b]Abimbola: [/b]There is real value to the curated 1 week orientation programme as the signature kick-off event for the EMBA – this has really set the tone for a fast-paced intellectually stimulating 20-month ride. The most useful connection drivers for me have been the peer engagement sessions, enlightening case study discussions and the study group led dinners. Other valuable connectors include the interest led groups and scheduled networking events. 

[b]Zoe[/b]: The entire London stream are incredibly approachable and open to connecting. The breaks, lunches and walks from the hotel to the campus have provided multiple opportunities to speak to the cohort. I’ve already made two connections that may provide opportunities to help me to solve business challenges I have in my organisation. It has been incredibly refreshing to network in real life after two years of travel restricted by the Covid pandemic.

[b]Tako:[/b] The environment encouraged the two streams to connect and most of us used this opportunity. I connected with many interesting individuals from the London stream during classes, dinners and formalised these connections on LinkedIn. I can tell that the London stream is very strong too.

[b]Satoki: [/b]The orientation week definitely allowed us to build a strong connection among the cohort. The fact that we were able to hold the orientation week at London campus allowed us to immerse in the actual learning environment which we will be in during the programme. It allowed opportunities for all of us to spend time in one location, including those who will be commuting from other countries during the programme. I must admit, it felt overwhelming in the beginning having more than 100 students in the room but these are set of amazing people who are very open-minded and curious about each other. It didn’t take long until we started to build meaningful connections. Being on the London campus allowed us to also explore pubs and restaurants around the area (including the famous Pub for LBS students, Windsor Castle!) where many of our future social events and networking opportunities will be taking place. 

[b]How valuable it is that you get several opportunities to come together and network with students studying other LBS programmes?[/b]

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[b]Abimbola:[/b] The campus is alive with full-time student and executive student activity, which really contributes to the “LBS vibe”. The ability to connect with the younger MBA students provides some unbiased insight into the Gen Z thinking/perspectives, while discussions with the Faculty can offer a glimpse of the value proposition for more senior management programmes like the LBS Sloan.

[b]Zoe[/b]: Meeting the Dubai Cohort has opened my mind to studying an elective in Dubai and also even working in the region. I’m very excited by the opportunity to meet and study with a broader network over the next 20 months.

[b]Tako: [/b]I found it more challenging to find time to connect with students from other programmes because our cohort is so active and social and we talk with each other a lot.

[b]Satoki:[/b] The fact that LBS has a diverse portfolio of programmes such as MBA, LBS Sloan and EMBA-Global, provides further opportunities to interact with the wider LBS community. LBS provides networking sessions for EMBA cohorts to mix with EMBA-Global and LBS Sloan as part of the Executive Leadership programme. We also have access to various clubs representing different interest areas where we can meet with students from all around LBS programmes, including MBA, MiF and MiM in addition to those already mentioned. The network is one of the most important elements you acquire through the business school experience and LBS is definitely unique and diverse in the network it provides.

[b]What was your favourite part of Orientation?[/b]

[b]Abimbola:[/b] Guys, I can tell you – the food was great. I have to hit the gym once I get home next week. But by far my favourite part of the programme is the intellectual stimulation from the very diverse representation of views from the cohort and the faculty. I especially enjoyed the UGM course with Asst. Professor Arianna Marchetti.

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[b]Zoe[/b]: There have been so many highlights! Asst. Professor Arianna Marchetti’s “Understanding General Management” lectures were my highlight. We were introduced to tools such as the Frames, Processes, Relationships and Values that I can immediately apply to my working life. Her teaching style was incredibly engaging, entertaining and she raised strong debate and input from the class.  

[b]Tako:[/b] Socialising with my cohort, listening to their ideas, which often have a very sweet spice of humour – I adore that. The second comes understanding the results of 5 Step and 360 surveys, which really helped me to become confident in the opinions I have on myself. In my case, this confidence will be crucial to speed up my personal development.

[b]Satoki:[/b] I must admit, I enjoyed every single element of the orientation week but if I were to choose one, it is the group coaching as part of the core course of Executive Leadership. This was the first instance where our study group truly came together as a team. With the support of executive coaches assigned to each study group, we went through deep and intimate conversation about how we got to where we are now, our objective of pursuing the EMBA and what we want to do with rest of our lives. The open-mindedness of the team and the trust built through the coaching session allowed us to share our life stories and built truly meaningful connections. I don’t think I will ever forget the coaching session we had as our group. This experience shows that LBS is a community with psychological safety where you are accepted for who you are. It is an environment that allows you to be who you truly are and pursue what is really important for you and your life.

[b]What are you most looking forward to in your first term?[/b]

[b]Abimbola:[/b] Everyone talks about the transformative power of the programme – I’m really looking forward to the transformative process, and eager to see positive changes in my personal and professional outlook.

[b]Zoe[/b]: I’m particularly motivated to put myself outside of my comfort zone with financial accounting module, collaborate with my team, deliver group projects and improve our skills together.

[b]Tako:[/b] Visiting Dubai for the first time and socialising with my cohort there. I am very curious about how I achieve the balance between studying the technical subjects which are novel to me and socialising, which I am really addicted to apparently (one of the revelations of this week).

[b]Satoki:[/b] Aside from the fact we received very thick textbooks on financial accounting and managerial economics… I am looking forward to the discussions and interactions with the cohort in our core courses in the first term. Orientation week was so intellectually stimulating and really showcased the impact of diversity into the quality of our learnings. Through the class discussions, you start to understand how each of the cohort views the world and the business which opens up follow-up conversation after the class where further connections are built. I am very excited to continue this journey of exploring ideas from others and deepening the connections with fellow classmates. In addition, kick-off events and various activities in the clubs will be starting and while EMBA needs to be wise in allocating the time, there will be many opportunities in participating in club activities where EMBA students can leverage on their experience and insights and contribute in LBS community.

To learn more about our EMBA London and Dubai programme, please visit our [b][url=https://www.london.edu/campaigns/masters-degrees/executive-mba]website[/url][/b].

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5 Takeaways from my first year at LBS [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: 5 Takeaways from my first year at LBS


By Barbara Sarkis Solon De Mello, MBA 2023

My second year at LBS is starting soon. As I reflect on my experience so far, I would like to share the main learnings I have had. Maybe it can be a source of inspiration for you, when applying to or joining LBS. Let’s dive into it!

Have fun and enjoy unexpected moments!

I know that starting the MBA is a thoughtful process and we tend to plan all the steps, learnings that we want to take from this experience. That is great indeed, but I encourage you to be open to new experiences that will arise. Take the last-minute invitation and jump into it. LBS community gave me opportunity to embrace unexpected moments such as hiking and sleeping in a mountain in Switzerland, playing touch rugby, and doing a bachelorette party in Budapest. Each experience translated into a different learning, but I am proud of being through them for the sake of having fun! Be careful to not get lost in so many planning and save some time for yourself.

Do not let socialising and making friends become a part of your TO DO list.



When I ask prospective students why they want to do an MBA a frequent answer is networking. Yes, LBS will give you opportunities to connect with people from over 80 different nationalities and a huge background diversity. However, do not let the pressure of wanting to connect get in the way of real bonding with others. The majority of students, like me, moved to London and left all friends and family in another continent. It can be overwhelming to start over again because FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real! You want to be in all places with all people, but it is nearly impossible. Try different groups and clubs to find where you feel more comfortable. There will be the right group for studying, partying, eating, travelling, doing sports, visiting art galleries, prepping for interviews, or any other idea that you have. You will have a lot going on, so use these moments to really depressurize and forming connections will be a natural outcome.

Recruiting can be tough, but you will not be alone

Well, recruiting is the most loved and hated part of the MBA, right? Getting your dream job or experimenting with new roles is something that all the students look forward to. Yet, the process to get there can be exhaustive. The summer job carries some peculiarities that are important to discuss.

  • The role is usually created for an MBA student, because it lasts 10-12 weeks. Thus, it will be much more competitive than a full-time position role. Knowing that, I hope you will not push yourself so hard if a rejection comes.
  • It is not a life commitment. Exactly because this is a short-duration internship, do not overthink the opportunities. Of course, prep for your dream job, but if you don’t get it, you can find out another great opportunity. Love or hate your summer, it’s a great opportunity to learn something.
  • Everyone is going through a recruiting journey, so use your support network to help you prep. From reviewing your CV to practicing for interviews, they will be a great resource. Reach out to second year students who got offers at companies that you want to apply and first year students that were doing the same applications than you. It can be a tough journey, but you will make it with the best people by your side.

Give back to the community and you will have even more

In my first year, I decided to join a few clubs as executive committee member. I have joined the Tech & Media Club because I wanted to switch my career to tech and saw several colleagues with the same goal and uncertainty on how to do it. I decided to contribute to organising events focused on recruiting prep with second years. I also joined the Women in Business Club because gender equality is a core value for me, and I want to be part of this change. I organised activities to bond the executive team together and a ball to raise funds for organisations that fight for gender equality. I am also Student Ambassador, talking about my experience to prospective students that want to join LBS. I really wanted to do this because talking to students was a fundamental part of my application to LBS and my understanding that it was the best school for me. I also enjoyed a lot of contributions from other clubs that I was not part of the executive committee! I attended the networking sessions, food pairing, travels organised by clubs, parties, peer-leading sessions focused on recruiting, and many others. I think that contributing and engaging with clubs is one of the best parts of LBS! So, I hope you find it so fulfilling as I did.

Know what you do not want for career, but be open to new ideas

LBS Professor Herminia Ibarra’s research tells that people are good to know what they don’t want anymore, but not so good to know what they want. This happens because you cannot reflect on what you have not yet experienced. She argues that people should act their journey to new thinking instead of thinking their new acting. So, allow yourself to deviate from the plan. Dive deep into what awakens your curiosity. During my first year, the flexibility to choose my classes was a way to understand better what makes me curious and what I don’t like. Another important experience was a part-time job that I did remotely with a start-up from San Francisco, in which I could experience an agile pace of work and be a Product Manager for the first time. My advice is that you allow yourself to deviate from the plan and see where your curiosity wants to guide you.

I hope you build on my learnings and make your own journey even more special!

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October Recruitment Events [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: October Recruitment Events
Do you want to meet our team in your nearest city and learn more about our programmes? We have some really exciting events coming up this month that will answer all your questions to give you some insight into studying at London Business School.

UK & IrelandDateQS Connect MBA Fair – London01/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: London01/10/2022QS MBA World Fair – London01/10/2022Coffee Chats in Dublin04-05/10/2022CentreCourt MBA Festival 202204/10/2022Meet LBS in Dublin04/10/2022Masters in Finance Talk and Tour on Campus07/10/2022Early Career Talk and Tour on Campus07/10/2022MBA Talk and Tour on Campus07/10/2022Masters in Finance Open Evening19/10/2022MBA Open Evening19/10/2022CentreCourt Masters Festival20/10/2022EuropeEMBA & Sloan Coffee Chats in Paris07-08/10/2022Coffee Chats in Paris08/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Paris08/10/2022Coffee Chats in Milan11/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Milan11/10/2022Coffee Chats in Warsaw12/10/2022Coffee Chats in Frankfurt14/10/2022QS Connect Masters: Scandinavia15/10/2022E-fellows MBA Day – Frankfurt15/10/2022Coffee Chats in Rotterdam18/10/2022Meet LBS in Rotterdam18/10/2022EMBA & Sloan Coffee Chats in Amsterdam19/10/2022Coffee Chats in Amsterdam19/10/2022GMAC Master’s Tour: Study in Europe19/10/2022Meet LBS in Amsterdam19/10/2022EMBA & Sloan Coffee Chats in Frankfurt21/10/2022Coffee Chats in Frankfurt21/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Frankfurt22/10/2022QS MBA Fair – Munich24/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Munich24/10/2022Coffee Chats in Munich25/10/2022Meet LBS in Munich25/10/2022Premier EMBA – Europe Online Event27/10/2022Middle East & AsiaExecutive MBA Dubai Experience Evening13/10/2022QS MBA Event – Middle East19/10/2022QS Connect Masters: Middle East19/10/2022North America & CanadaCoffee Chats in Vancouver07/10/2022Coffee Chats in Montreal13/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Montreal13/10/2022Meet LBS in Toronto14/10/2022Coffee Chats in Toronto15/10/2022QS Connect Masters: Toronto15/10/2022QS World Grad School Tour: Toronto15/10/2022South AmericaMujeres en Finanzas x London Business School: An introduction to LBS20/10/2022AfricaThe MBA Tour – Nigeria25/10/2022OnlineCity of LANE Africa x London Business School: Your MBA at LBS01/10/2022Top tips on how to complete your Sloan application04/10/2022How to use LinkedIn to elevate and amplify your Personal Brand06/10/2022MBA Overview07/10/2022Q&A with the Early Career Recruitment and Admissions Team11/10/2022MBA Overview14/10/2022Early Career Programmes: Student Perspective18/10/2022EHL Master’s Day17-19/10/2022Career journey with LBS Alumni: From Masters in Finance to Tech Investing20/10/2022MBA Overview21/10/2022Masters in Finance: In Conversation with MiF Students24/10/2022Q&A with the Early Career Recruitment and Admissions Team25/10/2022Future proof your career with the Masters in Analytics and Management27/10/2022MBA Overview28/10/2022
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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: How I Successfully Balanced a Part-time Masters, a Full-time Job and Social Activities


As a prospective student, you may be wondering:

How do Masters in Finance (MiF) part-time students juggle the programme alongside a full-time job and everyday commitments?

How do they manage to socialise with others and build close friendships?

Do they have time to participate in student clubs?

Hear from some of our alumni who share how they maintained that all-important work-life balance, connected with their peers and managed their participation in extracurricular activities.



Before we hear from them, here’s an overview of the Masters in Finance part-time programme. The 22-month programme is designed for individuals who are in full-time employment within finance. It is taught in person at our London Campus. Classes are held fortnightly on Friday evenings and all day Saturday. The majority of students are based in London and a small proportion commute from Europe.

Managing schedules

I am a driven individual who loves working and working out. In the beginning, I was a bit worried about the work/life balance and I know how hard it is to change daily habits. Knowing that I work and learn best in the evening, I started gradually changing my schedule. I moved my workout to morning sessions two months before the programme to get used to it. It is important to start adapting your time around your study even before the programme begins. The brain and the body need some time to adjust. After a while, the changes will become part of your routine – Sandra Ragues Fernandez (MiF Part Time 2021 Student Ambassador)

Staying organised, making the most of every hour of the day, and blocking times on weekends and nights to unwind and enjoy time with friends and family, without thinking about work or school, helped me immensely in making sure I stayed balanced and enjoyed the experience of being in school – Vartan Indjeian (MiF Part Time 2021 Student Ambassador)

Forming lifelong relationships

What surprised me most about the part-time programme was that there was an immediate social connection and bond formed between the group. In my opinion, this was largely driven by how aware we all were of the challenges of completing a part-time programme, while also looking forward to learning and making the most of it. The cohort was incredibly diverse. Not just in the fields of finance we work in, but also our backgrounds and life experiences. The commitment of the group to enjoy social time together – whether for drinks after a Saturday class or by organising social events for the group – helped our group grow closer. Within the first 6 months of the programme, I could already say that I had made numerous lifelong friends – Vartan Indjeian  (MiF Part Time 2021 Student Ambassador)

Club involvement

I was involved in the Squash and People Strategy clubs. My role as treasurer was quite flexible because I could fulfill my responsibility remotely. I stayed connected and engaged with my fellow ex-cos through https://gmatclub.com/chat and google hangouts. I also attended on-campus events as frequently as possible. On those days, I let the team know that I would be around so we could meet in person if necessary – Andrew Yeo (MiF Part Time 2020 Student Ambassador)



I was the VP of Speaker Series for the Investment Management Club and organised events with high-profile speakers on hot topics like quantitative investing, and EM investing. I believe this was one of the best and most active clubs on campus. It was a great way to meet like-minded people, share knowledge and have a drink while discussing investment ideas. Being a club officer while working full-time was challenging and you need to be honest with yourself and other club executives about how much time you can dedicate to it. I made the expectations clear from the beginning but also demonstrated the value I could bring to the club and it worked out pretty well – Tim Bekenov (MiF Part Time 2020 Student Ambassador)

If you have any questions about the Masters in Finance programme you can reach out to our Masters in Finance Recruitment Team by emailing mif@london.edu or calling us at +44(0)207007505.

You can also submit your CV for an informal review of your profile and fit for the programme here.

To get more insight into the MiF student experience and programme content you can connect with our Student Ambassadors [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors#sort=%40profilesurname%20ascending&f:programme=[Masters%20in%20Finance%20full%20time,Masters%20in%20Finance%20part%20time]]here[/url].
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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: 4 questions to ask yourself before approaching your employer for sponsorship
by Greg Moore, Senior Business Development Manager

As the Senior Business Development Manager for Degree Programmes at LBS, I’m responsible for managing the school’s corporate relationships with employers who sponsor their staff to study with us.

There have been hundreds of organisations who have supported their employees through our degree programmes for a variety of different reasons. Some might be looking to fill specific skill gaps in their workforce, retain their highest performers or support an individual’s transition into a different area of the business, to give a few examples.

Working in this role has given me insights into the types of company support available and the rationale behind these policies. I wanted to share with you some ideas to think about when trying to present your case for support.

Before you begin to draft your own case to present to your employer, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are your motivations for studying this course?

Think about your reasons at the most basic level. In your business case, you want to be open and honest with your employer about these. If your objective were to secure a transition away from your current employer, I’d advise against asking for corporate sponsorship. If you choose to leave your organisation having agreed sponsorship, you will likely incur financial penalties and perhaps burn your bridges with that organisation who have invested in you.

By being upfront about your motivations, you can demonstrate the mutually beneficial outcomes that will result from your learning experience.

[*]How is your performance viewed in your organisation?[/list]

Have you had strong and consistent ratings in your annual and quarterly appraisals? Have you been identified or selected for any kind of high potential or fast tracked leadership pool?

As the rate of career transitions an individual makes in their lifetime increases, most HR Directors have the challenge of retaining their high performing/high potential staff. It is much easier to approach the question of company sponsorship from a position of strength, so keep in mind how you are evaluated and what you have contributed to the organisation.

[*]Have you checked the existing L&D opportunities offered by your organisation?[/list]

It’s important to familiarise yourself with what is already offered so that you can elaborate on why your developments needs are not already addressed within the existing internal development portfolio.

While some organisations have structured policies to support external training such as that offered by LBS Degree programmes, the likelihood is that it will not be part of an existing offering, in which case you’ll need to be able to justify the additional expense of pursuing a degree programme at an elite business school.

Your business case will need to be professional and to analyse where the programme will meet your needs where internal programmes will not.

[*]What internal support do you have?[/list]

It is important to be able to harness any internal support to back up your business case. In most cases, it will be difficult to progress in negotiations without the support of your line manager and you should consider what support you might have in more senior levels of the organisation. Perhaps you have a mentor or other strong relationships that might be happy to demonstrate support for your plan.

Additionally, if you are aware of any LBS or business school alumni in your organisation who can help attest to the value of studying a business school degree.

Once you’ve considered these questions, it’s important to be prepared with a carefully designed business case to take to your company. You can find more information on how to do this in our blog on creating your case for company sponsorship.
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FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Exploring the World of Luxury Fashion in Paris
by Kahina Laouissat, Executive MBA 2022

After two years of the Global Business Assignment (GBA) being delivered online due to the pandemic, we were finally able to travel again, and they were held in person!

In June, Professors Dafna Ghor and Nader Tavassoli took around 80 students from all over the world and across different class streams to Paris.  We immersed ourselves in the city of luxury to understand more about the sector and “Savoir Faire”.



Day 1: Group Project and Meeting with the brand

The magic began on Day 1 when we met our brand representatives. Each student was allocated to a group and each group to a brand.

On Monday, representatives from luxury brands like Cartier, Mont Blanc, Alaia and Vacheron Constantin shared the challenges they wanted us to work on for the week. It was very exciting to work on real-life cases and it was a great opportunity to apply concepts learned at London Business School. I have great memories of the lobby full of students working on their projects.

Once we received our task, we went to the brand boutique to meet Sales Associates and get to know more about the brand and its products. My group and I went to the Mont Blanc boutique and interviewed them to get a sense of the customer experience and gather some ideas for our presentation.

Day 2:  Love brings Love and Champagne

The second day was also very engaging and full of luxury experiences. In the morning, we went to the Palais Galleria to discover a one-of-a-kind exhibition honouring the late Alber Elbaz, with 46 designers recreating runway looks inspired by him.

After this unforgettable experience, it was time for our boutique visit. We travelled around Paris for a unique tour – from the very exclusive Hermes flagship on Saint-Honoré, to the historical Cartier boutique on Champs Elysees. I was part of the group that visited the Cartier boutique, where we talked with the manager, Victoria, about the daily challenges faced by the Sales Associates. From what was shared, we could tell that the customer experience was at the heart of the brands. My favourite part of the visit was when we discovered the first floor which was home to the most exclusive Cartier pieces. Don’t go there with your credit card, you might be tempted!
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After this visit, we had some free time to visit the beautiful capital before moving to the British Council where local alumni, champagne and exciting discussions about brand DNA were waiting for us.



Day 3:  Industry Experts and Cartier Roundtable: A little bit of history

Already the middle of the week!

To start the day, we attended a speaker session with two industry experts.

Benedicte Epinay, CEO of Colbert Group, explained how France became the world’s first luxury destination and how Comité Colbert is trying to keep the French craftsmanship heritage alive.

Thomas Mesmin from MAD (a luxury consulting company), shared an exclusive presentation about the new luxury sector strategy and how they changed their targets and approach to attract customers. For me, this was the most insightful presentation. It was clear that the pandemic changed the game and luxury companies had to double their efforts to adapt to new client behaviours.

After a few hours of group work, we were back at the Cartier offices. During this roundtable, we got to know more about Cartier’s creations and their inspiration. We heard about how iconic collections like ‘Love’ and ‘Clash’ are designed and most importantly how the brand keeps digging into the founder’s story to stay loyal to its DNA.

We ended with Q&A, then moved on to networking with cocktails in hand. Cheers everyone!



Day 4: London Business School takes over Versailles

The morning was dedicated to workshops. We experienced the artisan life for a few hours, gaining an understanding of the time commitment required for a brand to be luxurious.  Split into groups, we discovered four different areas of craftsmanship. My group worked on the leather goods section, creating two mini wallets in the Hermes way. The workshop showcased the craftmanship behind every product, the real artists who are truly passionate and create the magic.

We couldn’t leave Paris without seeing the Palace of Versailles, one of the most spectacular buildings in the world, where Queen Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI lived an incredible life and hosted opulent banquets. A guide gave us exclusive access to rooms usually closed to the public and walked us through the beautiful gardens.

Day 5:  Presentation Day and Closing Session

On Friday, I was excited to present our proposal to key stakeholders from the Richemont Group. Everyone worked hard on their tasks and it was very enriching to listen to others’ presentations. From traditional retail to the brand new metaverse world, leaders of tomorrow discussed their vision and strategy.  

I am grateful to the Richemont Group for taking the time to meet us and for opening the doors of the luxury industry. I hope our proposals inspired them too.

During the closing session with the professors, they reminded us of an important lesson: we live in a world where we have to be bold, don’t hesitate to think out of the box. These words still inspire me.

Overall, I found this GBA very insightful for someone who wants to explore a career in the luxury industry or for someone who is simply curious about it. It was extremely well structured with a good balance between guest speakers, company visits and free time to discover the city and work on the project.



Here’s what my peers had to say:

“The best thing was that each member in the group had different boutique visits so when we had to write the reflection, each member shared his/her experience which educated the whole team” Suhail, Executive MBA Dubai 2022

“The Paris GBA gave me a deep insight into the luxury world and the opportunity to apply what I learned in class to a real-world business problem to add value to a client’s business” Rawan, Executive MBA Dubai 2022

“The most remarkable aspect of the Paris GBA program was that it allowed for a deeply immersive experience, where we could delve into, and discuss, directly with the key executives of some of the most iconic global brands, the underlying thought process behind the business strategies adopted by them” Chinmaye, Executive MBA Dubai 2022











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Creating your case for company sponsorship [#permalink]
FROM LBS Admissions Blog: Creating your case for company sponsorship

When approaching your employer for company sponsorship, it’s important to carefully design your business case for the greatest chance of success. When thinking about how to do this, a large part of it is about how you can show potential ROI for your company. You should research the programme carefully; understand which elements directly apply to your role and what the time/financial commitments might be.

In terms of highlighting parts of the programme that will create ROI, you can focus on these in three main categories: learning, network and brand.

Learning

For instance, on the Masters in Finance (MiF), the company project is an opportunity to solve an issue that your employer is facing, by conducting research, sharing insights, and getting advice from the specialised MiF peer group.

This could potentially save your organisation the cost of hiring external consultants to look at the problem. You could pitch this to your organisation as someone who already understands how the company works and will now have the oversight and support of world-renowned thought leaders in the form of the LBS Faculty.

Network

At LBS you will be studying alongside professionals covering an extensive range of sectors and regions. You will also have access to an LBS alumni network of over 45,000 professionals in over 150 countries. This is a very useful element to cite when facing push-back if your employer would rather your take internal training instead.

We build our classes to include broad and interesting work experience, studying alongside such a diverse group enables you to think beyond your own sphere and develop insights from practices in other industries and functions that could enable you to drive innovation in your own business.

Working alongside these classmates and building a better understanding of their day-to-day challenges will better prepare you to understand client needs and forge better relationships to bring in additional revenue.

The LBS Brand

The brand that LBS offers might hold substantial value to the organisation. This is particularly relevant if you have significant external visibility. An LBS degree signifies credibility and reputation, and could potentially give you a better chance of attracting new clients.

Keeping all of this in mind, make sure that you frame yourself within the current strategic context of the organisation in mind. Some companies do use sponsorship as a tool for more general reasons like retention or supporting key transitions, others have very specific reasons in mind. For example, a company expanding its operations overseas may require its management to have greater exposure to various international locations and a more global mindset in its way of doing business.

Finally, I would recommend putting together research into a number of different options, which might facilitate your development. You need to approach this business case as an investment proposal, therefore substantial due diligence is necessary, including an assessment of similar alternatives. You may wish to present this with a value curve to show the benefits of each option and include the comparison of any programmes offered internally.

Levels of Company Support

Once you have constructed your business case to present to your HR or Head of Department, you are entering into the negotiation phase. In our experience, those who have successfully pitched to their employer for support will have received some push-back at one point or another, the key is persistence.

The employer funding our students receive varies greatly on a range from around 10% of tuition costs to more substantial packages that include full tuition as well as other items like accommodation and travel expenses.

Organisations that see the most value from sponsorship are those who build a clear career path for you and tie the programme into your personal development plan.

Those who are able to fully utilise the new knowledge, skills and networks they have acquired during their studies are most likely to feel fulfilled and therefore stay for a longer period.

Consider that the organisation will want to protect its investment and therefore likely put a contract addendum in place to tie you into employment or be required to reimburse their contribution. If you are seeking full funding, and are genuinely committed to the firm, I would recommend being as flexible as possible here. However, keep in mind that if you are tied in for longer, you will want to know that your opportunities for advancement within that time frame are clearly defined.

If full funding appears to be unlikely, then suggest a sharing of the burden of tuition. We see this more and more and could be seen as a fair compromise in that many elements of the programme will add value for the company, but many will intrinsically be of personal benefit.

Before preparing your business case and approaching your employer, here are 4 questions to ask yourself.

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