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Career Conversations with Masters in Management Alumni [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiM Admissions Blog: Career Conversations with Masters in Management Alumni
By Malak Hammoud, Recruitment Manager – MiM, GMiM, MFA

I sat down with four Masters in Management (MiM) alumni to get insights into how the programme and LBS experience helped shape their careers, and learn more about their experiences with the Careers Centre. 

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017) – Strategy and Operations Manager at Amazon
Catherine Jonan (MiM2020) – Project Specialist at Boston Consulting Group
Zoé Teyssier (MiM2018) – E-commerce Manager at Diageo GB
Ricarda Roller (MiM2018) – Senior Consultant at Kearney

Was there anything in particular that you wanted to improve through the MiM programme? How was the programme aligned with your careers goals? 

Zoé Teyssier (MiM2018)
“Fun fact was that I actually didn’t want to apply to LBS. I knew the school was great but I had just completed my undergrad in London and kind of wanted a change in scenery but, at the same time, I kept my options opened and still applied. I went through the process and during my interview my interviewer highlighted that between all the schools I was considering LBS was the best choice. What he stressed most was the fact that I was focusing more on the cities rather than the actual schools and what they offer. Out of all the ones I was considering, LBS had the strongest network. Before joining, I had no idea what I wanted to do except for the fact I wanted to be in consumer goods. I was surprised to learn that there was a strong community of graduates who went into consumer goods later down the line in their careers, which I didn’t expect. I initially applied because it was the best school in London and later discovered the strong network that was going to help me get to where I wanted to be.”

Ricarda Roller (MiM2018)
“I also wasn’t sure on exactly what I wanted to do. I just knew I didn’t want to stay in Germany because the teaching there is quite theoretical. What I really liked about LBS was how it was very hands-on. There’s smaller classes, you work with your study group on case studies and you’re actually working with your classmates throughout the year on projects rather than studying on your own for exams at the end of each term. Those were the factors that made me choose LBS in terms of style of teaching. Once I was a student they really helped me shape the idea of where I want to go in my career. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the career choices available and most people at that age don’t even have a clue what they can actually do – LBS gave the structured overview of the different options I could explore and possibilities out there.” 

Catherine Jonan (MiM2020)
“I was looking to improve my business sense. I came from a very social sciences background. I had done a few internships but felt like there was an entire world in terms of the network and number of companies I could be working for. Being at LBS and having the support of the network, Careers Centre and seeing the number of potential possibilities and geographies which I could be a part of after graduating, was what I wanted and that was what I got from the experience.”

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017)
“The oxymoron in my case was I was transitioning from finance – investment banking. I wanted to transition into tech so the most reasonable thing to do was to probably go to a school in California as opposed to going to a school halfway across the world. I had realised at the time that I didn’t want to pursue an MBA and I wanted to transition much faster than what an MBA would allow. I applied to a variety of schools both in the US and abroad and what really sold LBS for me was the alumni network and there was a very clear, tangible difference between alumni of other schools and alumni at LBS. I reached out over LinkedIn and asked to hear about their experiences, as they were working at companies that I wanted to work at; doing things that I wanted to do. I asked if they liked what they were doing, if I’m making a mistake transitioning from finance into tech. The LBS alumni were far more helpful, friendly and always available to offer support – that’s what cinched it for me. I found the alumni network so helpful before I even signed on the dotted line which told me that there’s something very special about the school. I’ve been paid back dividends by choosing LBS. Just recently, I finished a variety of different negotiations with other companies and I tapped into the Careers Centre on how to evaluate private equity versus public equity and how to handle negotiations that involve that, and even now, having graduated years ago, I’m still reaping the benefits.”

We know that the Careers Centre has so much to offer in terms of support and opportunities to students, but was there anything in particular that you found stuck with you until now in your career or that helped you at the time? Do you look back and think something was particularly useful? 

Zoé Teyssier (MiM2018)
“For me, there’s not a single doubt that it was the practice interviews. When I joined LBS, I was so rubbish at interviews you wouldn’t believe it. I completed around 10 -15 mock interviews with Kira Hugh’s who prepped me for group assessment centres and individual interviews. From all the practice I did, I could feel the improvement before I even started the recruitment process properly. I didn’t get that at LSE. The kind of tailored one-to-one coaching had a big impact. Even the practice with other students was great. Especially because I was interested in a diversified sector where there’s potentially less students applying. So I was like is anyone interested in the alcohol sector? Apparently they were interested but only for parties and not as a career! So I really feel I took advantage of those one-to-one practice interviews and I don’t think I would have managed to secure a role if it wasn’t for that help.”

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017)
“The bulk of students in early careers at the time wanted to go into either finance or consulting – from the recent stats I can see there’s much more of a growing interest in tech in recent years. So tech back then wasn’t always the popular choice. In my experience the Careers Centre was so useful in helping me understand exactly what I was walking into when I go for an interview. Tech interviews can be all over the map – you can get a McKinsey style case study or a group interview and how do I answer the dreaded googleyness question when I interview with Google? In my experience the tech and media experts at the Careers Centre were always helpful in refining my story and making sure it’s compelling enough to warrant additional questions that dive deeper into my background, and in my case that was something my undergrad couldn’t do. They were spectacular in providing a lot of value with my initial conversations with companies.”

Was it difficult to stick to the sector you were interested in rather than following the crowd into the more popular consulting career?

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017)
“Yes, that’s very interesting because Tech in the United States is a little different, so when a role is posted they want that position filled within 2 weeks. So when you’re going through a graduate programme and you see your friends getting job offers from McKinsey and Goldman Sachs you do start to think and question yourself if you could really do this. If you were to ask David Morris who was the head of Technology and Media Careers at the school he would tell you I was at his office weekly asking what am I doing, how do I manage this stress and am I doing everything correctly? Yes, it was intimidating to stick to my guns and making sure I upheld my interest but the school was very supportive and it worked out!”

For those of you who were interested in consulting what was the journey like for you?

Catherine Jonan (MiM2020)
“It was a very supportive community within the students but as well the Careers Centre support is unlimited. You are supported by your peer leaders who are MBA or Executive MBA students. You also have industry experts who literally walk you through what to expect and what consulting is really like – they help you debunk all your worries! In the first 2 weeks, I found the Careers Centre really helpful and special. They will go through your CV with your peers and really make sure that your CV is ready for any interview at any company and that is what I think makes LBS special. Having your CV go through 40 people, from your peers to career leads and experts within the Career Centre, is what makes your CV so sellable.”

For many applying students the content and academic experience of the programme is very important. Was there any class or project that you found particularly useful or you felt supported you in your careers?

Zoé Teyssier (MiM2018)
“Ricarda mentioned one earlier on how practical the mandatory classes are. Having done my bachelors in Management, I can tell that LSE were preparing me for a PhD and I was like, that’s not what I want! Then at LBS they were saying, let’s prepare you for real life, so this is the theory but let’s apply it straight away. In terms of classes that prepared me the most I thought the electives were of great value. The fact that you can choose what you want to learn and focus on according to the type of skills you were looking to develop. My negotiation skills were about as low as my interviewing skills so I chose a negotiation elective which was absolutely incredible. With the benefit of being mixed with students from other programmes, and some who are more senior in their experience, you really learn a lot from them. The fact that I got to do that at school made me rethink the whole definition of school. I also had a similar course when I started working so it’s definitely something that’s stuck with me and supported me in my career.”

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017)
“The elective that stuck with me the most was the Strategy and Entrepreneur elective. It was a course where you had to essentially come up with an entrepreneurship idea and basically build a product and pitch it to an actual panel of venture capitalists. Stating why this product deserves to be built. The class would then divide into the products that were voted as successful. So if you weren’t part of a successful product you select a product that you thought was and you put a whole semester’s work behind it to bring that product to market. There were a lot of start-up companies that were created out of that class which I thought was phenomenal. It’s interesting because it’s something that I still use today. We had to write a BRD (Business Review Document) and pre FAQ which is a questionnaire list for any internal stockholder teams to build something. From how do you market the product to how do you process it? Did you price it correctly? How are you going to sell it?  Do you need an engager sales team? It’s literally from start to finish on building a product. I’ve tapped into that at my current team at Amazon and that’s something that I didn’t expect. I still keep in touch with the students that I met in that class and keep the book on standby that was recommended by my professor just in case I need it in the future.”

Could you share some of your involvements with the Clubs or Student Led activities that supported you career-wise or in terms of personal development?

Preston Bloskas (MiM2017)
“The MiMs and all the Early Careers students get to join the same clubs as the MBAs, Executive MBAs and LBS Sloans. That is spectacular for a variety of reasons. You get to network and mingle with students across the entire school who have a variety of experiences and who more than likely have taken on a project or worked in a sector that you’re interested in joining once you graduate – so you could really tap into them as a resource. I was the Vice President of the Tech and Media Club – just a fancy way of saying I was on the executive committee and I was working alongside a lot MBAs who were also trying to network their way into tech. We worked on a variety of projects. A lot of clubs facilitate their own trips and through the Tech and Media club we organised trips to China, America and Europe. I was also part of the Foodie’s Club which is exactly what it sounds like. It was an opportunity to showcase the food from your culture. I’m from Dallas, Texas so I brought a lot of barbeque, tacos and salsa – it was a fun club to learn about different cultures of the world that you don’t really expect. There’s a variety of professional clubs, sports clubs and fun clubs that add value to the overall experience that you can be part of depending on your interests.”

If you’re interested in hearing more from our MiM alumni network on the impact the programme has had on their careers, register to attend our upcoming Careers Conversations events [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/events-for-prospective-students#first=12&sort=%40eventstarts%20ascending&f:programme=[MIM]]here[/url]

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Masters in Finance Full-time Late Application Process [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Masters in Finance Full-time Late Application Process
By Peter Johnson, Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager – MiF

The preferred final deadline for applications for the August 2021 MiF full-time intake has now passed. If you wish to be considered for a late application, you must email your request to mif@london.edu titled Late Application Request, with the below information:

  • One page CV
  • Short paragraph detailing your post-MiF aspirations

We will then contact you to approve or
decline your request to submit a late application. Late applications are not
automatically permitted.

If you wish to submit a late application, and are approved to do so by the Recruitment & Admissions Team, you should satisfy all of the following criteria: 

  • You must be able to leave your current employment for the start of the programme, which is planned for 16 August 2021.
  • If we make you an offer, you must be prepared to make initial fee payments (totalling GBP 10,000) shortly after the offer. If you require a student visa to study in the UK, this is also one of the conditions to obtain your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which is required for the Student visa application. For more information on visa requirements please visit our website.

Please note that you will need to have your
funding in place very quickly and that scholarships are not available to late
applicants. 

It
is imperative that you act quickly if you wish to submit a late application.
You need to be ready and committed to start this year; we are not allowing
deferrals for late applicants.


Applications for the August 2022 intake
will open in August 2021. 

We expect the application deadlines to be similar to the 20/21 year and the essays to be unchanged. The first application deadline will be on 28 September 2021 (at 13.00) with the final deadline in late April 2022.

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From Engineer to Manager: Why you should study business after an engin [#permalink]
FROM ESCP MiM Students Blog: From Engineer to Manager: Why you should study business after an engineering degree

by Otmane Rahmouni

In a continuously changing world where companies increasingly require new skills, hybrid competencies have clearly become a competitive advantage in the job market for fresh graduates and experienced professionals alike. In this article I will tell you about the reasons behind my decision to pursue a Master in Management at ESCP Business School after graduating the engineering school Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat, in Rabat Morocco.

The best programme to complement an engineer’s profile

As an engineering graduate I lack managerial skills and business-related knowledge that are essential for making the difference in an extremely competitive world full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. After graduating with an engineering degree, my curiosity prompted me to look for a programme that would complement my technical profile, and the MiM met my criteria. In ESCP Business School I have the opportunity to shape my career path with a diverse set of skills, particularly as the MiM allows students to choose 3 among 58 specialisations covering a wide range of fields. 

As for me, I chose the Financial and Sustainability Reporting for the CFO specialisation, at the cross road of Finance, Accounting and Sustainability. These courses prepare future CFOs to work in high-growth areas of corporate financial planning and analysis as well as ESG reporting. As an engineer who did not understand how to shape the financial decisions and financial reporting systems to respond to sustainability issues, I acquired a deep understanding of current practices in sustainability evaluation and communication, sustainable growth strategies involving the usage of accounting fundamentals and key aspects related to investment banking.

After my second semester, I will take a Gap year to gain hands-on experience and fine-tune my professional project, then carry out an exchange programme in one of the ESCP Business School partner institutions and finally pursue the “Digital Project Management” specialisation to gain the skills that I need to design the modern reality of companies in the era of digital transformation.

Gaining international exposure

After having lived for 23 years in Morocco, I felt the need to gain international exposure, and develop multicultural awareness.

The Master in Management allows its students to go places, for instance I was able to study the first semester in Turinand the second in Paris. These experiences allowed me to immerse myself into the local culture of both countries, develop my cross-cultural communication skills and learn Italian as a fifth language. I look forward to discovering other countries in the remainder of my masters.

In addition, the MiM programme embraces diversity as it offers the opportunity for students coming from atypical backgrounds to join. Engineers, social scientists, linguists and management students mix together to share their experience. It’s an environment that fosters knowledge sharing.

Moreover, ESCP endeavours to make the Master in Management an international environment gathering students and facultymembers coming from more than 50 and 30 countries respectively, which makes it a unique human experience.



Expanding my network

I consider that having an extensive network is one of the most valuable assets one can have, for instance networking allows a person to keep track of his/her field’s evolution and therefore anticipate significant changes and to get support when facing gray issues it allows also professionals willing to carry out their own project to easily recruit like-minded persons. With its 1200 students the MiM programme at ESCP is definitely a great opportunity for me to expand my network especially since the programme is designed to make each student interact with many persons in the course. 

For instance, my language group classmates are different from my specialisation classmates which are themselves different from my elective classmates. In addition, I have the chance to study with new people every semester and meet students pursuing other programmes like specialist masters and the bachelor in management.

In the course of this programme I had other networking opportunities as the School’s career service and Alumni association organise weekly networking events with alumni and professionals.



A programme designed to prepare future managers for sustainability challenges

In order to make an impact in my career and become a responsible decision maker in the future, I think it is essential to acquire sustainability-related skills. Always at the forefront of educational innovation, ESCP Business School showed its commitment to sustainability by rethinking its MiM programme through the creation of several specialisations orientated towards sustainability, including the conception of mandatory courses and seminars addressing Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability topics, as well as the creation of corporate partner-sponsored Chairs for Circular Economy & Sustainable Business Models (with Deloitte), Turning Points (with Cartier), and Intercultural Management (with Renault).



Final thoughts

After only two semesters at the Master in Management of ESCP, I feel that I grew mentally and technically, developed my critical thinking, my resilience and agility and acquired key managerial skills that are sought after by employers.The MiM programme is a life changing experience that offers enormous opportunities. Be ambitious and courageous and make the most of it.

About the author

Otmane Rahmouni is currently a first-year Master in Management student, and an active Student Ambassador. His previous studies were in engineering; he holds a master degree from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat, in Rabat Morocco.
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Masters in Finance Part-time student perspective: Why the MiF? [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Masters in Finance Part-time student perspective: Why the MiF?
By Charlotte Tait, MiF Student Recruitment Associate

We are now nearing the end of the academic year for our Masters in Finance Part-time programme. We thought it would be useful for you as a prospective MiF candidate to hear from some of our current students about their Masters in Finance journey.

Why did you choose the MiF Part-time programme?



Sandra Ragues Fernandes, Head of Business Intelligence at PEI, MiFPT 2021

“I have a leadership position and I manage a fantastic team. I didn’t want to give that away. Also, I can immediately implement what I learn at work, not only within my department but I’m also able to share my knowledge and ideas with other teams and the CFO/CEO.”



Ana Hidalgo Manzano, AVP at Barclays, MiFPT 2022

“I chose the MIF instead of the MBA because I was looking to get specialist knowledge in Finance. My background as a consultant has given me the strategic thinking and project management skills. Also, during my years of experience, I got good exposure to the financial sector, especially banks. Now is the time for me to sharpen my finance skills and transition into a more specialised role in the industry, which is why the Masters in Finance was the right choice for me. I opted for the Part-time version as it would allow me to keep developing my career and apply the lessons to my job day-to-day.”



Vartan Indjeian, Senior Manager at KPMG, MiFPT 2021

“I initially submitted my application to the MiF Full-time programme but after discussing with my boss that I was also considering doing the Part-time programme, he was extremely supportive of adding flexibility into my client responsibilities and committed to helping me manage my school and work responsibilities effectively. This added support from him was the key factor that encouraged me to join the Part-time programme.”

What has been your favourite class so far?

Ana Hidalgo Manzano, MiFPT 2022

“The class I’ve enjoyed the most so far is the Investments core course with Professor Roberto Gomez-Cram. Despite having a background in business administration myself, I never managed to learn about pricing of financial instruments (options in particular) in such depth and I found it really interesting.”

Vartan Indjeian, MiFPT
2021


“My favourite class so
far has been the week-long Strategy for MiFs elective that I did in the block
week format. The strategy class was an amazing way to take a step back and
think about what makes a business successful from a perspective that is far
away from just ‘the numbers’ which is what I spent most of my job focusing on.
Through the projects and reading assignments we had to actively think through
difficult strategic decisions that managers and business owners have to make.
Spending a full week immersed in this environment was an incredible learning
experience which gave me a very different perspective in how I view businesses
and the decisions their owners have to make every day.”



Samuel Weissen, Associate Director at LGT Capital Partners, MiFPT 2021

“My favourite class so
far was the Managing Corporate Turnaround elective as it heavily relied on case
studies and class participation and set high expectations for students to
prepare for each class and to engage in the classroom. Furthermore, very
relevant guest speakers that were involved in the case studies we discussed in
class rounded off this experience.”

How have you been able to apply your learning from the programme in your current role?

Ana Hidalgo Manzano, MiFPT 2022

“So far, I’ve been able to make an internal move in
the bank I am working for. I’ve transitioned from a strategic transformation
role in Risk to a role in finance. Now I am part of the Private Equity Finance
team, taking care of the valuations of the investments in natural resources.
The key skills needed for the role are accounting and corporate finance, which
corresponds to two of the core courses of the MiF programme. In addition, I am
taking some electives to complement my knowledge such as Advanced Financial Statements
Analysis and Emerging Markets.”

Vartan Indjeian, MiFPT2021

“I’ve found two key advantages that have directly benefited me on my job. First, the technical knowledge gained in many of my classes has been directly beneficial in my day-to-day job as an auditor of private equity firms. Having an advanced technical knowledge base allows me to add much more value to the audits I perform, as well as to better understand the more complex aspects of my client’s operations. The second advantage is that being a student at LBS has allowed me to increase my visibility in the firm, and has been a key advantage in how I’m viewed by my peers and leadership in my company. There is a clear recognition of the prestige and value of attending LBS, which has differentiated me from my peers.”

If you’d like to speak to any of our Student Ambassadors about their experience of the programme and their application tips, they would be more than happy to answer your questions. Click here to connect with our Student Ambassadors.

Interested in applying to the MiF Part-time programme? Submit your profile for an informal review of your fit for the programme, and to start a conversation with us. Submit your profile here.

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How To Stand Out In the Hiring Process [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: How To Stand Out In the Hiring Process
By Lucy Palin, MiF Admissions Manager

If you’re thinking about moving into a new area of finance, going to business school sets you up for that move in several ways. It gives you the depth of financial knowledge you need for any sector, the practical experience, the network and, at LBS, a fantastic Careers Centre.

Many of our MiF
Students who want to enter into a new field of finance, do so by securing a
Summer Internship. This allows them to gain experience in the new industry and
potentially convert the internship into a full-time role.

I spoke to three MiF Students, Megan, Owen and Kelly, who have secured Summer Internships, to find out about the hiring process and what they did to stand out.

First off, I asked them about their background in Finance and why they wanted to do the MiF...



Megan Andrews (MIF FT2021)
Has accepted a Summer Associate role with Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking division in London.

Prior to the MiF, I worked for a Financial and Economic litigation consulting firm, spending two years in the firm’s Washington, DC office and then two years in the London office. The firm provides economic and financial analysis to attorneys whose end clients are involved in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. My work varied a lot and could involve anything from financial statement analysis to processing and running statistical analyses on proprietary financial data. 

I wanted to do the MiF because I studied economics during undergrad and learned most of what I knew about finance “on the job”. After realising that my interests more closely aligned with a career in finance, rather than economics, I decided to apply for the MiF so that I could supplement my “on the job” training with a more formal education in finance, and pivot into a career in financial services.”



Owen Li (MIF FT2021)
Has accepted a Summer Associate role at Citi’s Financial Management Associate(FMA) programme.


“Prior to the MiF, I worked as a hospitality investment consultant based out of Prague, Czech Republic. While working full-time I realised that my true passion lies with finance. Therefore, with the aim to transition my career to the financial service sector and the location to London, I came to London Business School for the Masters in Finance programme.”



Kelly Xu (MiF FT2021)
Has accepted a place on JP Morgan Private Bank Summer Programme.

“Before I came to LBS, I worked as an investment advisor at United Nations International Trade Centre in Geneva. I advised companies from the Asia Pacific region to expand in Africa, helping them with financial planning as well as localisation strategies. I came to LBS for the MiF programme to build connections within finance and to gain a more global perspective.”

How did you find the internship you have secured, was it through LBS careers?

Megan: “I went through the formal LBS recruiting process for Summer Associate IB roles in London. I also helped organise and participated in the virtual US IB trek this year and recruited for a few banks in the US as well as banks in London.”

Owen: “During the Autumn Term, the Career Centre hosted a string of company presentations from day 1, providing us plenty of opportunities to discover and gain further insights into each company and the job opportunities available. Amongst the company presentations I attended, Citi’s FMA presentation definitely piqued my interests. After the LBS – Citi FMA networking event and having talked with LBS alumni who are currently working at Citi, I was even more convinced that this was the programme for me.”

What strategy did you take when
applying for internships and did you leverage LBS resources/network and the
Careers Centre?


Owen: “The Citi FMA networking session hosted by the Career Centre definitely gave me a lot of information regarding the programme. After the session, I also leveraged the LBS network and reached out to a number of LBS alumni who are currently or were part of the FMA programme, whether through emails or through Linkedin. They have been extremely helpful in terms of helping me with interview tips, and providing me with their personal experiences of the FMA programme.“

Kelly: “I found the LBS Career Centre quite helpful. I received links for career events even before I officially started my academic courses! After the self -exploration workshops organised by the Career Centre at LBS , I realised that the job search is not only about interviews and applications, it is also a deep, self -reflective journey. I started to talk to people in the private banking space in July and August by speaking to a few LBS alumni. The alumni that I have reached out to turned out to be very helpful and they have shared very valuable insights about the industry. I found private banking is a great fit for me and I used the sector guides on Canvas to navigate through the recruitment process.”

Why do you think you stood out to the
hiring manager? Was it your technical skills, a good application or perhaps a
strong interview? 


Megan: “Overall, I felt prepared in terms of my ability to answer both technical and behavioural questions. For technical questions, I knew that a lot of the questions would draw from the material we were learning in the Corporate Finance and Valuation core course, so I made sure I fully understood and grasped the material. Our MiF Careers Lead, and I also did a couple of behavioural mock interviews, which were incredibly helpful in helping me to prepare for those questions.”

Owen: “Coming from a non-finance background, I knew that entering the recruitment process, I may fall short in terms of relevant professional experience. Therefore, I focused on presenting what differentiates me from other candidates, and what I can bring to the programme, that other candidates can’t. I think in the end, what impressed the hiring manager is firstly, my strong motivation of joining the programme. While preparing for the interview, I studied the programme inside-out, and my passion to join definitely shined through from my answers during the interview. Secondly, my international background definitely helped leave a memorable impression in the interviewer’s mind as well.”

Kelly: “I think preparation is the key. And it is never too early to start the preparation. I started my career search in June and attended online briefing sessions organised by the Career Centre. The CV service from the Career Centre is great. I booked a 1-1 session with a mentor and she proof- read my CV word-for-word! I also wrote down my answers to the behaviour questions so that I wouldn’t panic during the interview. The Career Centre provided a guide on how to prepare for the behaviour questions which I found very handy and there was also a list of sample questions that I used a lot for the preparation. I also practiced with my classmates for mock interviews and they turned out to be very helpful.”

What were some of the challenges of
applying for internships and how did you overcome them and stay motivated?


Megan: “The IB hiring process is very much a marathon and not a sprint. Throughout that time, you’re expected to manage your time wisely in terms of reaching out to alums to schedule networking coffee chats, prepping for interviews, and attending the official banking presentations that LBS helps coordinate. I also had a great study group that I formed with another MiF and an MBA 2022 – the three of us had a Zoom meeting about once a week starting in late October to run through technical/behavioural interview questions together, and we all really helped keep each other motivated throughout the process. Our https://gmatclub.com/chat group was always very active with encouraging messages, and in the end all three of us were lucky enough to accept Summer Associate IB offers.”

Kelly: “The challenge for me is that the process is very long. I sent my application in October and got interview invitations in January 2021 and got the final offer in February 2021. I have been through up and downs emotionally in the process and it eventually worked out. I think it is always good to be organised and make a plan. The academic workload for the first semester is also heavy so it would be good to have a plan and follow it religiously!”

What advice would you give to future
MiFs to stand out in the hiring process? 


Megan: “I would make sure you really understand what your “story” is – why are you applying for this role, why now, and what do you have to offer that other candidates might not?  This was pretty much the first question I was asked in every interview and having a good grasp of your story will help you start off the interview strong.”

Owen: “I think being part of the MiF programme, at times, it could be a little intimidating when we are surrounded by extremely hard working and talented people, whom I thought I would never measure up to in the recruitment process. It is so crucial to believe in yourself, and believe that you are there for a reason. The hiring process and job hunting season can definitely be daunting. But I would suggest you stay extremely focused, and only let the competition make you stronger. Last but not the least, don’t let a small setback ruin the journey, after all, there is just so much more than job hunting at LBS…”

Kelly: “I think first of all it’s very important to know yourself well before the recruitment process. Know your strengths and weakness and know what you want to do in the long term. The second is to stay focused! Different jobs require different skill sets and the preparation processes are different. Banking recruitment is very different from consulting and technology and it is hard for people to focus on 2 sectors at the same time. Focus on one sector and do it well! The third one is to stay confident and optimistic. The MiF at LBS ranks number 1 in the world and we all deserve a great job and it is just a matter of time!”

If you’re considering the Masters in Finance programme at LBS, why not submit your CV or LinkedIn profile for an informal chat with our team? We’ll be able to answer any questions you might have and discuss your fit for the programme.

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: MiF Part-time Student Perspective: How I Secured Company Support and Sponsorship
[b]By [url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/annakapengut/]Asha Kapengut[/url], MiFPT2021[/b]

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[b]A bit about me! [/b]

I grew up in New Jersey and went to Rutgers University where I studied Economics and Mathematics. Like many students going through university, I was unsure of what I wanted to do for my career, but I knew I wanted to live abroad at some point.  After graduating, I started working for PGIM Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey in the Portfolio Analysis Group; a team that works alongside traders and portfolio managers across different strategies assisting with model portfolios, trade flows, monitoring risk levels, analysing indices and benchmarks, and assisting with data analytics. I moved to the London office for my second-year rotation in 2017 and after a few years here, I realised I wanted stay in London permanently. I am now officially employed by the London Office working on the European CLO Analyst team where I help structure new and ongoing CLO transactions. 

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, hiking, playing football/soccer, climbing, and I’m an avid foodie enthusiast (always happy to give suggestions for restaurants/bars!) which London has been amazing for. 

[b]Why
the Masters in Finance Part-time programme at LBS?  [/b]

Joining the [b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-part-time]MiF PT programme[/url][/b] was a big decision for me. I was expecting to go back to America as my expat role in London was coming to an end, so I had to decide what I wanted to do going forward. I enjoyed my job and the company I worked for, but I wanted to further myself and learn about topics outside of my day-to-day responsibilities. After doing a bit of research about the LBS MiF PT programme and speaking with LBS alumni that work in my company, I went to LBS’ Open Day. I spoke with the Admissions team and current students and it became clear after a few conversations that the programme offered what I was looking for and more. Furthermore, as I went through the application process, I became more aware of the programme and what it had to offer.

[b]How
I made a business case to my employer to secure their sponsorship and support[/b]

I
had a good relationship with my managers and senior leaders that I’ve worked
with in the past, therefore I was honest with my employer and I started the
conversation months before I even knew I was accepted. I indicated why I was
applying and the opportunities it would present to me, as well as to the
company, that came from me pursuing a MiF degree. When the day came to have the
sponsorship discussion, I came prepared and presented the curriculum and the
electives that LBS offered that would prepare me for further career advancement
within the company. My company had a strong commitment to promoting and
supporting talent so I hoped they would assist me with this. In the end, we
found a solution that worked for everyone.  

[b]My
advice to prospective students seeking company support and sponsorship[/b]

I would say it’s important to tie together not only why your company should help you, but how the programme will advance you so you can further contribute to your company. There are lot of aspects that LBS can offer – not just a degree. It’s up to you to do the research and create a path for yourself and present that to your employer to show why LBS is the right choice over an option that your company could be providing you, or a different type of certification/career advancement path.  

[b]My
MiF PT experience[/b]

I
have found the programme extremely rewarding. It’s challenged me more than I
thought it would and has helped me better understand the finance industry than
I did previously. Covid and the lockdowns were a big challenge as classes and
group work all turned virtual, but the professors and School were responsive
and innovative in their approach to online learning, which kept the classes
engaging. My highlights have been the people that I have met at the school. Not
only are people from all over the world but it’s been refreshing to be
surrounded by people that are like you, who are pushing themselves and are
interested in learning through discussions and group work.  

[b]How
I balance work and study [/b]

It’s a marathon, not a sprint so planning beforehand is key. The first six months were tough. People warn you but you don’t realise until you’re in it and balancing work, classes, studying, family, meeting new people, friends, and finding time for yourself. Then Covid happened which came with its own mental, physical, and emotional toil. I found that adding in some time for solitude and calm – away from the endless tasks, meetings, social media, and never-ending news cycles – has helped me day-to-day. Even if it’s for 20-30 minutes before I start my day, it helps create some mental space and peace ahead of my busy day. 

[b]How
the MiF has helped my professional and personal development[/b]

The MiF helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in myself, my capabilities and in understanding the fundamentals of finance. I have been able to use the skills and knowledge I have learnt at LBS to progress my career forward by transitioning to a new role within the company. I am very sceptical about whether I would have been able to do this if it had not been for the programme.  

[b]My advice to people considering applying for the MiF[/b]

Reach out to someone from LBS and speak to them about the programme. Whether that be current students, alumni, staff – having conversations with people will help you better understand what embodies LBS and its community and if it’s the right fit for you.  

Most importantly, you won’t get if you don’t ask! If you’re considering asking your employer for sponsorship, make a business case for yourself, find people within the company who will advocate on your behalf, and prove to your company why helping you pursue the MiF degree will be a win-win outcome for everyone. 

Feel
free to reach out anytime, I am happy to have a virtual coffee and to talk
about LBS, living in London, sponsorship, and of course, restaurant recommendations!

[b]You can
connect with Asha [/b][url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/annakapengut/][b]here.[/b][/url][b][/b]

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[b]Greg Moore, Senior Business Development Manager shares his advice on gaining company sponsorship: [/b]

“Many companies when approached for sponsorship will be asking “why should we make this investment?” and “what’s in it for us?”. It is crucial that you articulate the expected return on investment to the decision-makers in your organisation. You should view this both in terms of your increased professional contribution through the knowledge and skills you will acquire on the programme but also the wider benefits of establishing links with London Business School. As an ambassador on campus, you can be the bridge that links your organisation with world-class faculty, a global alumni network, and a pool of highly talented students to recruit from.

Remember, the Masters in Finance at LBS is consistently ranked the number one specialist finance programme for finance professionals worldwide. It is a brand that carries pedigree and confidence both for you as an individual but also for the organisation that employs you.”

[b]For support on building a business case for sponsorship, connect with Greg [/b][url=https://gmoore@london.edu][b]here.[/b][/url][b] [/b]

[b]Submit your profile for an informal review of your fit for the programme [/b][url=https://www.london.edu/submit-cv?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicepagereferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123][b]here. [/b][/url][b] [/b]

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Exploring the Purpose of Finance


By Yumi Tsuda, MiF FT2021

On the Masters in Finance (MiF), there is a course called ‘Purpose of finance’. This is designed a bit differently from other courses, with two classes at the very beginning and the very end of the programme. From my point of view, this class was the most important class for us as it explored why the MiF programme exists in the first place.

Before doing the class, some people were skeptical. They thought it might be too abstract and vague compared to the practical learning we get from other classes. And I admit, I may have had those doubts too when I first attended the class.

However, now I recognise that we learnt really essential meaning and reasoning of “finance” in this course. What is the finance industry for? What does it mean to be a finance professional? In other words, why does finance exist in the world? What should finance professionals foresee? 

In the class, you are asked these very simple questions: 

  • What is the finance industry for?
  • What does it mean to be a finance professional?

This is really it. However, these are such important questions. Finance may be regarded as a somewhat greedy industry from the world. Indeed, it can seek efficiency for the sake of interests to specific people. However, looking back, financial innovations have enabled a lot of things to happen in the world.  Inventions of bills and loans allowed us to grow economies efficiently, the invention of credit cards allowed us to enjoy a variety of things in life, and the invention of microfinance provided access to finance for billions of people. And today, we are witnessing a lot of Fintech innovations with our own eyes. So, as the leaders of the financial industry, what should we have in our minds? What good can we do in the world? This is such a simple, but truly essential and important question. The purpose of finance course is designed to help you find your answer to it.

After the course, you’ll keep in mind the essence of what you learnt and you will know the true value of MiF programme. 

To speak to our MiF Recruitment and Admissions team about the programme, please contact mif@london.edu.

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Masters in Finance Part-time Late Application Process
By Peter Johnson – Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager, MiF

The Round 7 deadline for applications to the August 2021 MiF Part-time intake is 8 June (at 13.00 BST).

If you wish to be considered for a late application after this, you must email your request to mif@london.edu, titled Late Application Request, with the following information:

  • One page CV
  • Your transcripts for previous degree studies

We will then contact you to approve or decline your request to submit a late application. Late applications are not automatically permitted.

If you wish to submit a late application, and are approved to do so by the Recruitment & Admissions Team, you should satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • You must be able the start the Programme on 16 August 2021 and attend a week of full-time study (including Saturday 21 August). This is the only requirement to attend during the working week during the Programme.
  • If we make you an offer, you must be prepared to make initial fee payments (totalling GBP 12,000) shortly after the offer. If you are not working in the UK you may require a student visa to study in the UK, this is also one of the conditions to obtain your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which is required for the Student visa application. For more information on visa requirements please visit our website.

Please note that you will need to have your funding in place very quickly and that scholarships are not available to late applicants.

It is imperative that you act quickly if you wish to submit a late application. You need to be ready and committed to start this year; we are not allowing deferrals for late applicants.

Applications for the August 2022 intake will open in August 2021.

We expect the application deadlines to be similar to the 20/21 year. The essays are unchanged. The first application deadline will be on 28 September 2021 (at 13.00) with the final deadline in early June 2022.

MiF Recruitment & Admissions Team mif@london.edu

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: MiF Student Perspective: What makes the Masters in Finance a unique experience?
[b]By Lucky Singh, MiF Recruitment Manager[/b]

The [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-part-time]Masters in Finance (MiF)[/url] programme at LBS is distinguished from other programmes as it is designed for finance professionals with at least 3 years of work experience, and includes: 6 comprehensive core courses, over 40 electives to choose from, 4 concentrations, practitioner courses, professional and technical skills workshops and access to career coaching sessions. As a result, the MiF gives you the knowledge, training and network you need to thrive in your finance career. 

I asked our fantastic Student Ambassador[b] [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors/ana-hidalgo-manzano]Ana Hidalgo Manzano (MiF PT 2022[/url]) [/b]about what she thinks makes the MiF a unique experience, and how she is finding the programme so far. 

[img]https://admissionsblog.london.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/MiF-PT-blog-post-Aana.jpg[/img]

[b]Why did you decide to study the MiF at LBS[/b][b]? W[/b][b]hat makes the MiF unique? [/b] 

“I joined the MiF to sharpen my finance skills, advance my career and enhance my professional network while working. LBS is the best platform as it offers a wide range of options that allows me to tailor my experience to achieve my goals. This unique value proposition is not available in any other executive education institution.”  

[b]What has surprised you about the MiF so far? [/b] 

“Besides the impressive number of resources that the School offers (career coaches, sector advisors and technical skills workshops etc), I think the most valuable asset so far is the quality of my cohort. They are really smart people in their fields and the professional and cultural diversity of the class is very enriching for all of us.” 

[b]What has been your favourite aspect of the MiF? [/b] 

“I personally enjoy the practitioner courses. I find them very practical, as they provide an insightful perspective about the industry, the challenges as well as the opportunities. In addition, they always bring amazing guest speakers to the table, and the sessions are very interactive.”  

[b]What clubs have you got involved in and how have they benefited you? [/b] 

“I am part of the Executive Committee of the Foodie Club, in the Marketing team. Besides getting to know people from other programmes (including MBAs and MiMs), I am learning about how to articulate a marketing strategy. I am now more conscious about the effort that all of the clubs put in behind the scenes to make things happen for the LBS community. In addition, the Investment Management Club and the Women in Business club have an amazing agenda of events that I always make time for.”  

[b]What advice would you give prospective MiF students to help prepare them for the programme and business school experience? [/b] 

“You will be starting your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it will be over in the blink of an eye so, make the most of it! Find out what you want to get out of the MiF and use the LBS resources to get yourself into that. Make sure you speak to current Students and Alumni. Network as much as you can and make sure you have fun along the way!”

[b]To discover more about the Masters in Finance, [/b][url=https://www.london.edu/download-a-brochure?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicePageReferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123][b]download our brochure here.[/b][/url][b] [/b] 

[b]To speak to our Student Ambassadors, [/b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors#sort=%40profilesurname%20ascending][b]click here.[/b][/url]

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: MiF Part-time Programme Insights: How our students are able to achieve work life balance
[b]By Lucky Singh, MiF Recruitment Manager[/b]

As we are towards the end of recruiting for the [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-part-time][b]Masters in Finance (MiF) Part-time programme[/b][/url] and close to our last official application deadline, Tuesday 8 June 2021, I thought it would be good to shed light on the programme, and answer some of the key questions we get from prospective students.

The Masters in Finance Part-time programme is for finance professionals with at least 3 years of post-graduate work experience, who would like to remain in employment whilst studying and accelerate their career. The programme is taught in person at our London campus close to Regent’s Park, and classes in the first year are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays and take place every other week. The majority of our Part-time students are based in London, however we do have some who commute from Europe. 

Many prospective students ask me how our students manage the balance between working full-time and studying the MiF. They are also curious about how the Part-time class connects and socialises with each other and how our students make the most of the wide range of student-led clubs we have on campus.  

I reached out to some of our fantastic MiF Part-time Alumni and Student Ambassadors and asked them to give us a glimpse of what life is like for a MiF Part-time student at LBS. 

[b]Advice on managing the work-life balance as a part-time student[/b]

[img]https://admissionsblog.london.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/image-11.png[/img]

[b]Vartan Indjeian (MiFPT2021)[/b]

“Staying organised, making the most of every hour of the day, and blocking times on weekends and evenings to unwind and enjoy time with friends and family without having to think about work or school has helped me immensely in making sure I stay balanced and enjoy the experience of being in school.”

[img]https://admissionsblog.london.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/image-8.png[/img]

[b]Sandra Ragues Fernandez (MiFPT2021)[/b]

“I am a driven individual who loves working and working out. At the beginning, I was a bit worried about the work-life balance and I know it is hard to change daily habits. Therefore, I gradually started to change my schedule as I work and learn best during the evening. I moved my gym workout to the morning two months prior to the start of the MiF to get used to it. It’s key to start adapting your time around your study and do it before the course starts. The brain and the body needs some time to adjust. After a while, the changes implemented become part of your routine.” 

[b]C[/b][b]onnect[/b][b]ing[/b][b] and [/b][b]develop[/b][b]ing[/b][b] friendships [/b][b]on[/b][b] the Mi[/b][b]F[/b] 

[b]Vartan [/b][b]Indjeian[/b][b] (MiFPT2021)[/b]  

“What surprised me the most about the part-time programme was that there was an immediate social connection and bond formed between the group. In my opinion, it was largely driven by how all of us were aware of the challenge of studying a part-time programme, but we were all looking forward to learning and getting the most out of the experience. The group is also incredibly diverse, not just in the fields of finance that we work in, but also in 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, has helped our group become very close. I can definitely say that I have made numerous life-long friends from my group.” 

[b]Getting involved [/b][b]in[/b][b] s[/b][b]tudent clubs at LBS[/b] 

[img]https://admissionsblog.london.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/image-9.png[/img]

[b]Andrew Yeo (MiFPT2020)[/b]
“I was involved in the Squash Club, and People Strategy Club. My role as the treasurer was quite flexible because I could still fulfil my responsibility remotely. I was able to engage on WhatApp and Google Hangouts. I tried to go to the school campus frequently to attend events, so on the weekdays I was there I let my fellow Executive Committee members know that we could meet if necessary.”

[img]https://admissionsblog.london.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/image-10.png[/img]

[b]Tim Bekenov (MiFPT2020)[/b]
“I was VP of Speaker Series at the Investment Management Club and organised events with high profile speakers on hot topics like quantitative investing and EM investing. I believed this was certainly one of the best and most active clubs on campus. It was a great way to meet with like-minded people, share knowledge and have a drink while discussing investment ideas. Being a club officer while working full-time was challenging, you need to be honest with yourself and other club executives about how much time you can dedicate to it. I set the expectations clear from the beginning but also demonstrated the value I could bring to the club and it worked out pretty well.” 

[b]If you have any questions about the Masters in Finance programme you can reach out to me by emailing [/b][email=mif@london.edu][b]mif@london.edu[/b][/email][b] or calling at +44(0)207007505. [/b]

[b]You can also submit your CV[/b][b] for an informal review of your profile and fit for the programme [/b][url=https://www.london.edu/submit-cv?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicepagereferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123][b]her[/b][b]e[/b][b].[/b][/url][b] [/b] 

[b]To get more insight into the MiF student experience and programme content you can connect with our Student Ambassadors [/b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors#sort=%40profilesurname%20ascending][b]here.[/b][/url] 

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Late Applications to the MiF Part-time programme
For our Masters in Finance (MiF) Part-time programme due to commence on 16th August 2021, our last application deadline has passed. However, we understand that deciding to do the Part-time MiF is a huge personal and financial commitment and researching and deciding on which programme to choose can sometimes take longer than anticipated. Therefore, we do still accept a small number of late applications from very strong applicants who meet all of our late application criteria.

Late application criteria

If you wish to submit a late MiF Part-time application, and have reached out to the MiF Recruitment and Admissions team who have approved this, you should satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • You must be able the start the MiF on 16 August 2021 and attend a week of full-time study (including Saturday 21 August). This is the only time you will be required to attend the programme during the working week.
  • If we make you an offer you must be prepared to make initial fee payments (totalling GBP 12,000) shortly after the offer. If you are not working in the UK you may require a student visa to study in the UK, this is also one of the conditions to obtain your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which is required for the student visa application. For more information on visa requirements please visit our website.

If you meet the above criteria and wish to be considered for a late MiF Part-time application, you must email your request to mif@london.edu titled Late Application Request, with the below information:

  • One page CV
  • Short paragraph detailing your post-MiF aspirations

We will then contact you to approve or decline your request to submit a late application. Late applications are not automatically permitted.

If we approve your late application request you will then need to start your application. You will be required to fill out our online application form, which includes submitting; a GMAT or GRE score, two essay questions, a one page CV, your academic transcripts and two professional references. You can watch our webinar on how to submit a strong application here.

Next steps

Once you have submitted your application, the MiF Admissions team will inform you as to whether you have been selected for interview. This is conducted by our MiF alumni. For more information regarding the interview stage, take a look at our blog here.

After interview, your application will go to the Admissions Committee who will be making the final decision.

Please remember if you wish to submit a late application it is imperative you act quickly. This will increase your chances of being successful. You need to be ready and committed to start this year; we are not allowing deferrals for late applicants.

We in the MiF Recruitment Team are here to support you throughout your late application. You can email us with any of your questions at mif@london.edu. We also host one-to-one consultations, where we answer your questions and provide you with tailored application support.

Best wishes,

The MiF Recruitment and Admissions Team

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Top 5 reasons to choose a startup for your first internship [#permalink]
FROM ESCP MiM Students Blog: Top 5 reasons to choose a startup for your first internship
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by [b][url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/annalisa-tramannoni-67b763152/]Annalisa Tramannoni[/url][/b]

When choosing a school for my business masters, I was attracted to [url=https://escp.eu][b]ESCP [/b][/url]because of the career-building opportunities you have during and after finishing your studies. 

After learning about ESCP’s [url=https://escp.eu/corporate-services/partnerships][b]partnerships [/b][/url]with multinationals and famous brands, I thought about how cool it would be to have the chance to work in this environment, and be involved in really big initiatives. I thought that small companies and startups didn’t offer interesting opportunities.

However, when it came down to making the decision of which internships to go for, I realised that it is not easy and straightforward to pick [b]the [/b]correct path for yourself. Since I had so many possibilities and opportunities to choose from, it wasn’t easy to pick one and rule out all the others, especially since I was facing the job market for the very first time. I had very different interests in very different industries, and the choice was tough and risky. 

Then I remembered that the School’s [url=https://escp.eu/student-services#JobsCareers][b]Careers coaches[/b][/url] advised me that I needed to take into account not only my interests but also many other variables that shape my personality, my approach to work, and my needs and skills. 

As a young professional in her first experience, I needed to understand my personality and skill sets, both hard and soft, to approach a specific position in a specific industry. In addition to the assessment regarding my personal sphere, I also needed to take into account what I wanted to learn in the workplace and the type of environment I would like to be in, where I could express my potential to the fullest. 

During this semester I had the chance to pick my first specialisation of the Master in Management. I chose to study [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX82C9U6MBc][b]Impact Entrepreneurship[/b][/url], digging in depth into all the processes needed to create and sustain a startup. We learned how to design a strategy for a new venture, from the idea until the financing phase, when you pitch the idea to investors. 

Doing this [b][/b]opened up a wide range of new possibilities and opportunities for my professional life which I had never considered before. Understanding the processes involved in the creation of a startup made me aware of the diverse opportunities available when joining this type of organisation. Here are the top 5 advantages that I have learnt so far. 

#1 Many responsibilities from Day 1

Being in the environment of a startup means working in really small groups on really impactful projects. Even from the perspective of an intern, you will be given a lot of responsibilities to bring to projects; your role will be key for the development of the activities within your group and tangible in the business as whole. This aspect is particularly interesting if we compare it to the dynamics of a big corporation: in a corporate environment you might feel that the tasks you are doing are a side dish to the overall meal. Instead, in the environment of a startup, you will be able to see that your actions are actually the “main course”. 

#2 Learning by doing

Working in a startup means that everything needs to be created from scratch as there may be few established ways of going about things. This gives you the opportunity to put directly into practice what you have learned in your business studies, creating an immersive learning experience, starting from what you know.

What you need is basically some knowledge on the topic and willingness and eagerness to learn as much as you can in order to be successful for your team. In this environment, the learning process is continuous and ongoing: the working experience is not just doing tasks, but improving and developing new skills day by day.

#3 Close relationships with everyone in the workplace

Usually a startup is composed of only a few members which facilitates the communication flow, as well as the sharing of experiences and emotions. Departments are generally composed of just a few people, and you see how interconnected they are. 

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In a startup environment, you are able to personally meet not only the colleagues you’re working with in your department, but also closely speak to members of others, as well as having the chance to meet the company founder(s).

In this way, you feel like you’re participating not only in the working process, but also to the creation of a positive and inclusive environment, which fosters well being and close relationships with colleagues. Your workplace and your colleagues might even become a new family!

#4 Getting a close look at business practices

As I previously mentioned, working in a startup means having the possibility to see operations also from other departments. Usually, in startups we don’t see a clear division among the different processes, as the business is a work in progress. Each department needs to cooperate and coordinate tightly with each other: this is possible only if there is a smooth flow of information among departments and work practices that foster cohesion and collaboration.

In this environment particularly, you are able to see how each business unit influences each other and is key for the development of the overall business. It is like having a giant magnifying glass that enables us to closely see all the activities that make a business work.

#5 Flexible work schedule

Last but not least, we always speak about “finding a work-life balance”. Working in a startup enables this in the following way: given that your workload will be dictated by projects and not by strictly scheduled working hours, you will be able to complete your tasks whenever you can, within or even outside the regular working hours. Having the opportunity to do so can be particularly useful since it enables you to schedule your working hours around time for yourself – of course making sure that the work gets done!

These are the top 5 reasons I was able to identify during this semester at ESCP; obviously there are some disadvantages to working in a startup as well.  Overall, my mind has changed with the experience of the entrepreneurship specialisation and I am glad I was able to dig in depth to the startup environment. It has indeed been an eye-opening experience that has had such a strong impact on me that I chose to work in a startup for the whole summer. 

About the author

[url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/annalisa-tramannoni-67b763152/]Annalisa Tramannoni[/url] has just finished her first year of the Master in Management, and she is actively engaged within [url=https://escp.eu/berlin/student-societies][b]JET ESCP[/b][/url] and in the Student Ambassador community. She previously studied Economics of Tourism at the University of Bologna and now she is conducting an Internship in a Startup in Milan.
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Early Careers 2020 Class Statistics [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiM Admissions Blog: Early Careers 2020 Class Statistics
With the 2021 intake now closed, and our Recruitment & Admissions team preparing for the 2022 intake, we wanted to share some statistics to show you where a Masters programme at LBS could take you.

Masters in Management (MiM) & Global Masters in Management (GMiM)

The MiM is suitable for individuals with a diverse profile seeking to hone their management skills. For those seeking greater understanding of how businesses operate in the Asia region, our GMiMwill provide you with the learning and confidence to embark on this path.

Within the combined MiM and GMiM 2020 class, 96% of our students accepted a job offer within 3 months of graduating. The students also achieved their aspirations of securing employment within their preferred sector: 44% within consulting; 30% in financial services; 12% in technology; and 14% within the diversified sectors. The jobs were global with 40% in the UK, 34% in Europe, 18% in Asia, 5% in Middle East and 3% in the Americas

Masters in Analytics & Management (MAM)

The MAM provides students with a strong management foundation combined with skills in data analytics. A MAM graduate will be able to communicate and translate technical information to management in a compelling manner, as well as make data-driven commercial and strategic decisions.

96% of the MAM students received an offer within four months of graduating. Once again, our students were successful in securing positions within their preferred sector: 40% joined consulting firms, 32% in technology, 20% in financial services and 8% within diversified sector. Location of the jobs ranged from Asia (36%) to UK (34%), to Europe (18%), Middle East (7%), North America (3%) and Africa (2%).

Our MAM graduates secured a variety of positions within Technology, ranging from Business Strategy Analyst to Data Scientist Manager. Companies are positioning data analytics at the centre of many roles, having a solid foundation within this area prepared our graduates well for them.

Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA)

The MFA is designed to give you the solid grounding in Financial tools, Financial Markets and Global Business understanding to take your career forward. It balances both theory and practice, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to launch your career in International Finance.

91% of the MFA graduates secured employment within 3 months of graduating. 74% joined the Finance sector and 26% chose roles in Consulting, Technology and Diversified sectors. Job locations were global, and UK remained strong with 65% securing their positions here, followed by Asia (19%), Europe (10%) Rest of the World (6%)

Start your LBS journey with us on one of our Masters programmes. To speak with us about our programmes, get in contact with the relevant Recruitment & Admissions team below:

MiM & GMiM – mim@london.edu
MAM – mam@london.edu
MFA – mfa@london.edu

With best regards,

Early Careers Recruitment

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Where are our Early Careers 2020 graduates now? [#permalink]
FROM LBS MiM Admissions Blog: Where are our Early Careers 2020 graduates now?
With the 2021 intake now closed, and our Recruitment & Admissions team preparing for the 2022 intake, we wanted to share some statistics to show you where a Masters programme at LBS could take you.

Masters in Management (MiM) & Global Masters in Management (GMiM)

The MiM is suitable for individuals with a diverse profile seeking to hone their management skills. For those seeking greater understanding of how businesses operate in the Asia region, our GMiMwill provide you with the learning and confidence to embark on this path.

Within the combined MiM and GMiM 2020 class, 96% of our students accepted a job offer within 3 months of graduating. The students also achieved their aspirations of securing employment within their preferred sector: 44% within consulting; 30% in financial services; 12% in technology; and 14% within the diversified sectors. The jobs were global with 40% in the UK, 34% in Europe, 18% in Asia, 5% in Middle East and 3% in the Americas

Masters in Analytics & Management (MAM)

The MAM provides students with a strong management foundation combined with skills in data analytics. A MAM graduate will be able to communicate and translate technical information to management in a compelling manner, as well as make data-driven commercial and strategic decisions.

96% of the MAM students received an offer within four months of graduating. Once again, our students were successful in securing positions within their preferred sector: 40% joined consulting firms, 32% in technology, 20% in financial services and 8% within diversified sector. Location of the jobs ranged from Asia (36%) to UK (34%), to Europe (18%), Middle East (7%), North America (3%) and Africa (2%).

Our MAM graduates secured a variety of positions within Technology, ranging from Business Strategy Analyst to Data Scientist Manager. Companies are positioning data analytics at the centre of many roles, having a solid foundation within this area prepared our graduates well for them.

Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA)

The MFA is designed to give you the solid grounding in Financial tools, Financial Markets and Global Business understanding to take your career forward. It balances both theory and practice, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to launch your career in International Finance.

91% of the MFA graduates secured employment within 3 months of graduating. 74% joined the Finance sector and 26% chose roles in Consulting, Technology and Diversified sectors. Job locations were global, and UK remained strong with 65% securing their positions here, followed by Asia (19%), Europe (10%) Rest of the World (6%)

Start your LBS journey with us on one of our Masters programmes. To speak with us about our programmes, get in contact with the relevant Recruitment & Admissions team below:

MiM & GMiM – mim@london.edu
MAM – mam@london.edu
MFA – mfa@london.edu

With best regards,

Early Careers Recruitment

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FROM LBS MiM Admissions Blog: Sustainability strategy and innovation – experiential learning, direct from Sweden!
Lara is a Senior Manager within London Business School’s Experiential Learning Team. Lara specialises in global experiential learning, having led Global Business Experiences to South Africa, India, Peru and Myanmar in a pre-Covid world. Since the pandemic, Lara has designed and facilitated several virtual global experiences and has also led the Digital for Impact pilot course from idea to implementation. Lara is passionate about LBS continuing to have a responsible, sustainable, social global impact. Lara previously worked as a management consultant for Deloitte, specialising in organisational transformation. She is also a fully qualified translator and TEFL teacher.

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This week has seen the launch of London Business School’s inaugural virtual Global Business Experience (GBE) in Stockholm, Sweden. Led by Professor Ioannis Ioannou, 73 of our current students, from across various degree programmes (MBA, MAM, MiM, MFA) have gathered together online for a week-long journey through the vibrancy of the sustainability ecosystem in Stockholm, and in Sweden more broadly. We are mid-way through the experience and wanted to share what we have been up to, why its so important and what we will be doing next!

[b]Why Stockholm? [/b] 

Stockholm has long been praised for its commitment to sustainability: it was the first ever city to be named by the EU Commission as the [url=https://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Stockholm-First-European-Green-Capital-.pdf]‘European Green Capital’[/url] all the way back in 2010  and what is more, according to [url=https://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/08/sweden-most-sustainable-country-in-the-world/#:~:text=Sweden%20is%20the%20most%20sustainable,report%20by%20sustainability%20investment%20firm]some rankings[/url], Sweden has ranked as the most sustainable country in the world. It seems like there is a lot of knowledge to be shared! We have been looking at the culture, opportunities, resources and attitudes in Stockholm that make it so unique and will be asking the question: What can we replicate in our own countries?

[b]Why sustainability? [/b] 

We kicked off our programme with our guest speaker Mattias Frumerie, Swedish Head of Delegation to the UNFCCC, to give us not just a Swedish perspective, but an insight into the multi-national negotiation and collaboration. From the very first day of our programme we were also exposed to the science behind climate change – hearing from researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (the people behind the latest [url=https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2021-04-30-new-netflix-documentary-brings-the-planetary-boundaries-to-the-world.html]Netflix documentary[/url] with David Attenborough). We have come to understand our “Planetary Boundaries” and the importance of a whole systems approach to tackling the climate crisis.  

The scientific evidence makes it clear what the challenge is and why it’s so important – so we moved on to hear from several organisations, to learn about how they are responding to this. Students have been critically evaluating and deeply engaging with this multiplicity of organisations and executives who are diligently working towards integrating greener and more socially responsible practices into their business models and overall strategy. We heard from larger companies such as Volvo and H&M about their strategies, and also from organisations such as Norrsken who support and invest in entrepreneurs and small companies with impact too. 

[b]What have we done so far this week?[/b]

Over the past few days we have also engaged with guest speakers and panel sessions comprising VC Funds investing in innovative startups who will change the way we live, consultancies advising decision makers for the policies of tomorrow, to global giants who are rethinking the way they operate with environmental and social impacts in mind. We also heard from the private equity perspective and we spoke to asset managers that seek to redefine the role of finance on the path towards a sustainable future. All of this has highlighted what an important issue sustainability is in the current business world, exposed where the business community can do better and gave us food for thought as we think about future business models and strategies.  

Students have been exposed to the challenges businesses face when they try to integrate environmental and social issues into their core strategy and in doing so, have come to understand how companies try to meet the diverse demands and expectations of not only their local but also their global, diverse and complex set of stakeholders. Prof Ioannis has encouraged everyone to critically evaluate how businesses translate sustainability into profitability while at the same time, synergistically, how they contribute towards the resolution of the world’s most urgent social and environmental challenges.  

[b]What next?[/b] 

It has been a whirlwind of information so far – exposing the true complexity of the sustainability ecosystem and encouraging us to look at the whole system as well as its component parts. Over the next couple of days we will be hearing from the all important NGO and Governmental perspectives, including the thoughts of Gustaf Landahl from the City of Stockholm who will speak to us about the city initiatives in this space. We will examine the roles these institutions play in legitimising and accelerating corporate efforts towards sustainability innovation and broader integration. We will also be exploring climate activism and the role it plays as well as looking at the role of cross-sector collaboration – working together and looking at how our opinions have formed over the course of the week and the actions we can take ourselves on a personal and professional level! 

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: MiF Part-time student perspective: How to submit a strong late application
Though the last deadline for the Masters in Finance (MiF) programme has now passed, we are still accepting a small number of late applications from strong candidates. If you’re considering still applying, you can read more about the process of submitting a late application here.

We got in touch with our fantastic Masters in Finance Part-time students Carrie Cheung and Ben Coombs to get their advice on submitting a strong late application, and hear about their MiF experience so far.

Tell us about you, your background, professional experience, and interests.



Carrie Cheung, MiF PT 2021

“I grew up in Hong Kong and moved to Canada when I was thirteen. I completed an undergraduate degree in the ‘French part’ of Canada with a major in accounting. I started my career as a public accountant and relocated to the UK four years ago on an international secondment. I fell in love with London, and never looked back! Outside of work and the MiF Part-time, I am a big adventure seeker, and you can always find me hopping onto my next flight.”



Ben Coombs, MiF PT 2021

“I am British-American and grew up in London before doing my undergraduate degree in the US. I started my career as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, but soon after starting the MiF, transitioned to working as an independent consultant for tech start-ups. Starting in October I will be complementing the MiF with a full time MSc in Computer Science at Imperial, after which I’ll be looking for a position in a seed-stage Climate Tech firm in strategy, product, or operations.”

Why did you decide to apply to the MiF Part-time programme?

Carrie:
“My career as a chartered accountant has allowed me to establish a foundation of financial knowledge and transferrable skills, which has been largely accounting focused. I was looking to develop a deeper understanding of the more specialised and technical aspects of finance. I also wanted to use this as an opportunity to expand my professional network.”

Ben:
“At the time I was considering both MBA and MiF programmes. After a few years of consulting, I felt that the technical knowledge and skills of a MiF would be more complementary to my experience than an MBA. I knew that I didn’t want to work directly in financial services, but finance expertise is at a deficit and therefore highly valued in many other industries, particularly in start-up tech. The mix of consulting and finance allows me to bring ‘the whole package’ to new professional opportunities.

While learning these skills, I also wanted to dedicate most of my time to professionally engaging in the climate tech world to build the content expertise and specific network needed for a long-term career. The MiF Part-time meant I didn’t have to choose, I can develop the technical skills I want, while having the flexibility to work and dedicate time to non-finance learning & networking.”

What advice would you give
to prospective MiF students considering submitting a late application?


Carrie:
“Don’t panic, it is not too late! Take time to reflect on your career to date and what you want out of the programme. I also encourage you to speak to as many MiF Alumni and Students as possible to gain their perspectives and their personal motivations – this helped me immensely in setting my own objectives for my application. Lastly, make sure you devote sufficient time to review and refine your application.”

Ben:
“Make the decision to apply quickly, but don’t do it casually. Start having conversations with your manager or employer before hearing back from the Admissions Team, because once you hear back the ball starts rolling extremely quickly. Try to also speak to current or former students to fully understand the challenges and benefits of the course before signing up. The course will be impacting your life for 2 years, so make sure you fully think through and discuss the time commitments – not just Saturdays, but also full weeks off work for orientation and certain electives. Include questions like: are you thinking of changing job or getting promoted in the next year? Getting married or having a kid? Relocating to a different city or country? This is not a course for falling into accidentally, so when you get to applying, clearly identify your reasons for applying and the balance you expect to have. How does the MiF fit into your 2-5 year plan? That’s the key question to answer in a clear, structured, and rigorous way, both for yourself and the Admissions Team.”

How has your MiF PT
experience been so far? What has been your highlights, challenges, and
surprises?


Carrie:
“My MiF PT experience so far has been nothing short of fulfilling. One of my biggest highlights is meeting and getting to know my MiF cohort – I am humbled by how much they have taught me both inside and outside of the classroom. I also really enjoyed meeting other students outside of the MiF through my role on the Executive Committee for the Snow Club and the Women in Business Club. The biggest challenge I have faced is the constant juggling act to manage between my school and work commitments. It can feel overwhelming at times, but I had a lot of comfort in knowing that my classmates are going through the same thing. I am also very fortunate to have a very supportive team at the office who has been flexible around my personal schedule. I would say that my biggest surprise is how quickly time flies – it felt as though it was yesterday when I received my offer at LBS!”

Ben:
“The MiF experience has been great so far! The highlight for me has been Financial Accounting, which introduces accounting principles with practical experience reading and analysing financial statements. For non-accountants the experience is tough – financial statements are messy, complicated, and riddled with loopholes, technical considerations, and historical aberrations. To me it was a rare learning experience where I felt like I learned ‘how the world really works’. It’s not something I ever could have studied independently, and I benefited hugely from my accountant classmates and the professors’ guidance and expertise.”

How have you balanced work
and study?


Carrie:
“Planning ahead is key! As an undergraduate student, I often found myself cramming a few days prior to an exam, but this strategy does not work when you are trying to deliver both at work and at school. I plan at least a few weeks ahead, taking into account work deadlines, assignments and exam dates to make sure I allocate sufficient time to complete each task.

I also ensured that I budgeted in time for ‘fun’ – spending time with friends, doing yoga and being outdoors were important in helping me regroup and refocus on the next task ahead.”

Ben:
“Balancing work and study is certainly a challenge. What is critical is having a consistent and clear view of what I want to get out of this degree. If your professional life is particularly bad for multiple weeks, maybe a lower focus and weaker grade is acceptable for a core class that falls outside your interests. Conversely, if there is a campus event or networking session that is highly applicable to your career goals, maybe work does not need to be a priority for a night. As any mediocre self-help book will tell you, don’t conflate what is important to you with what is urgent, or important for others.”

Tell us about your class
and study group?


Carrie:
“My cohort are an extremely talented, smart, and fun group of people. We all come from very diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, and I have learnt a lot just by listening in and participating in classroom discussions with them. As for my study group – I cannot stress enough about the instrumental role that they all played in supporting me through the past year. Despite very different personalities, we complemented each other and worked seamlessly as a team.”

Ben:
“My study group has been great, and I’ve been consistently impressed by their intelligence, professional ability, and drive. There is a wide mix of backgrounds from across the financial services industry, so different folks have their ‘day in the sun’ during different electives and topics. I learn as much from them as the teachers or materials. Due to being abroad for much of the pandemic I have spent less time with my classmates than you will yours, and for that I’m very jealous! There is significant diversity of experience, nationality and goals that keep the group interesting. Particularly for folks looking to work long-term in London or Europe, this is a group in which every financial institution and role is represented. Add in the networking opportunities with MBAs and others, and you have an unparalleled pool to tap into in the future.”

Final thoughts/advice?

Carrie:
“For myself personally, one of my biggest worries before applying for the programme is whether I would be able to juggle a demanding career and school commitments. Although it is challenging, I can now confidently say that it can be done. You will find yourself being stretched academically in the best way possible, meet and learn from a great group of fellow students and all the while still having fun along the way.”

Ben:
“Don’t obsess too much over specific electives you want to take, and certainly don’t measure your experience by e.g., just taking Advanced Corporate Finance. Similar to knowing what is important in work/study above, think through what the initial must-haves are, but otherwise keep yourself open to new experiences! For example, this year I took Financial Engineering, which applies stochastic calculus to asset pricing. I am personally extremely unlikely to become a quant and use this in my day-to-day, but the class was fun, helped me understand something I hadn’t known existed, and I’m certain there are small titbits that will help me in the future in unknowable ways. That’s the fun part of a masters like this – don’t just fill in the known unknown but scope the unknown unknown as well!”

To enquire about a late
MiF Part-time applications, please email
mif@london.edu with your cv.

You can connect with our Masters in Finance Student Ambassadors [url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors#sort=%40profilesurname%20ascending&f:programme=[Masters%20in%20Finance%20part%20time]&f:profileisambassador=[Ambassadors]]here.[/url]

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FROM LBS MiF Admissions Blog: Masters in Finance: How to submit a strong early application
[b]By [url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-tait-499781180/]Charlotte Tait[/url], MiF Student Recruitment Associate[/b]

Applications for the [b][url=https://www.london.edu/campaigns/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance]Masters in Finance (MiF)[/url][/b] programme starting in August 2022 are open! As our first application deadline on Tuesday 28th September is fast approaching, we wanted to guide you through how to submit a strong, early application.

Applications are highly competitive in the later rounds, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. This also increases your chances of being considered for our [b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-full-time/fees-financing-and-scholarships]scholarships[/url][/b]. Please see all application deadlines for our 2022 cohort [b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-full-time/apply#Application-deadlines]here[/url][/b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/masters-in-finance-full-time/apply#Application-deadlines].[/url]

The most important thing before starting your application, is to do your research:

[list][*]Get a thorough understanding of the MiF by visiting our website and [b][url=https://www.london.edu/download-a-brochure?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicePageReferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123]downloading our brochure[/url][/b][url=https://www.london.edu/download-a-brochure?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicePageReferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123].[/url] [/*][*]Learn more about the student body and career impact by downloading our [b][url=https://www.london.edu/-/media/files_2019/programmes/mif/mif_employment_report.pdf?la=en]employment report[/url][/b]. [/*][*]Develop your awareness of the MiF student experience by speaking to our [b][url=https://www.london.edu/masters-degrees/student-alumni-and-ambassadors#sort=%40profilesurname%20ascending]Current Students, Ambassadors and Alumni[/url][/b]. [/*][*]Have your questions answered live during one of our many [b][url=https://www.london.edu/events/calendar#sort=%40eventstarts%20ascending]events[/url][/b].[/*][/list]

We in the MiF Recruitment Team also help and support you across the research and applying stages. You can [b][url=https://www.london.edu/submit-cv?itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicepagereferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123]submit your profile for review[/url][/b], and we will informally assess your eligibility for the programme. We also host one-to-one consultations, where we answer your questions and provide you with tailored application support.

Once you have completed your research, the next step is to [b][url=https://www.london.edu/apply?programmeApplyOnlineParameterValue=5&apply=true&itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicePageReferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123]start your application[/url][/b][url=https://www.london.edu/apply?programmeApplyOnlineParameterValue=5&apply=true&itemId=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123&servicePageReferer=557e20b2-4bd4-4140-9270-3831b8753123].[/url] You will be required to fill out our online application form, which involves submitting a GMAT or GRE score, two essay questions, a one page CV, your academic transcripts and a professional reference.

Applications
are reviewed holistically, therefore all aspects of your application are measured
equally by the MiF Admissions Committee.

Below
is an explanation of the individual application requirements in more detail.

[b]GMAT/GRE[/b]

So we can assess your quantitative
ability to ensure you can keep up with the rigor of the programme, we require a
GMAT or GRE score. We have no preference between GMAT or GRE. A strong GMAT
score is 650 or above, and for GRE we look for around 160 in the quantitative
section, and 155 in the verbal section. You can also submit your application in
advance of GMAT or GRE as we do make conditional offers.

For a small number of candidates, we waive the GMAT/GRE requirement. If you have cleared CFA Level II then you will automatically receive a GMAT/GRE waiver.  We also grant GMAT/GRE waivers to candidates with strong grades at undergraduate and postgraduate level, especially those who have studied quantitative subjects, and who have outstanding professional finance work experience. Professional qualifications like CFA Level I, FRM, CPA and ACCA will increase your chances of getting a waiver. To apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver, please share your CV and your undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts with us at [b][email=mif@london.edu]mif@london.edu[/email][/b].

[b]Two essay questions[/b]

Our
two essay questions are focused on why you are interested in studying the
Masters in Finance at LBS, and how will you will contribute to our community. Remember,
there is no right or wrong answer. Use the essays to tell us your story, and to
highlight your personality. Demonstrate your leadership potential, your global
mind-set, and showcase your academic capabilities.

[b]CV and
transcripts[/b]

You must include a one page CV[b][url=https://www.london.edu/-/media/files/programme-files/master-courses/mif/cv-template-and-notes_mif_apply.docx?la=en]in our recommended CV template[/url][/b] and your academic transcripts. We require transcripts from your undergraduate and any postgraduate degrees. If your transcripts are not in English, they will need to be translated.

[b]References[/b]

We
require one reference from you, and this should ideally be professional i.e. by
someone you have worked closely with and who know you very well. The seniority
of your referee does not matter as much as the quality of your reference.
Please note that your reference needs to be submitted before we can start
reviewing your application. You should give your referee sufficient time to
prepare and submit the reference, and spend time explaining your motivations to
them, so that they can complete the reference thoroughly.

Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions team will inform you about whether you have been selected for interview or not. Interviews are conducted by our Alumni. For a deeper insight into the interview stage, take a look at our blog[b][url=https://admissionsblog.london.edu/interviewing-for-the-mif-everything-you-need-to-know/]here[/url][/b][url=https://admissionsblog.london.edu/interviewing-for-the-mif-everything-you-need-to-know/]. [/url]

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at [b][email=mif@london.edu]mif@london.edu[/email][/b]

Best of luck with your application!

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