Honestly I haven’t been more conscious of my financial
health until some rudimentary arithmetic allowed me to visualize the impact of
pursuing MBA studies on my balance sheet (at least for the duration of the
course). The location and duration of your MBA programme (actually prestige of
the school too; please don’t label me narcissistic or pretentious for saying
so) will have a bearing on the financial squeeze you will face. This is an
unavoidable eventuality or should I say a necessary evil (but wasn’t the greed
for money the root of all Evil!). The weak dollar and pound in a global
economic melt-down did work in my favour!

Leaving aside the financial matters, for me an MBA is a
significant social investment too and that brings me to the final dimension
governing my choice of business school. By now I had settled for 2 schools from
the original list of 8. By virtue of its location, studying in London was a big
draw due to proximity (in terms of ease and cost of accessibility) to places of
travel in UK and Europe. I had travelled to some place in Europe for work and
was enamoured by its old-world charm and history that I found was diminishing in
the rapidly modernizing Asian economies. Such diversity was hard to find in
North America either.

London Business School is at the heart of cosmopolitan
London and offers a vibrant and bustling social life.  Additionally, London Business School offers a
plethora of student
clubs
to hone one’s professional skills and nurture one’s sporting/artistic
talents. It may seem like blowing one’s trumpet but check out The Sundowners Club to
discover for your-self another unique facet of social life at London Business
School.

I knew for the above reasons (please see the
previous posts on this topic as well), when I was offered a place on the
programme, that I had to look no further.

2 Responses to “Why I chose London Business School – 3/3”

  1. Dear Sanjeev,
    Great posts. I could not agree with you more.
    My name is Ramón Salinas, I come from Chile, and I am applying for this fall’s MBA. Although I applied in third round I am confident that my application is strong enough for being accepted. I have done everything I was supposed to do: GMAT, IELTS, Transcrips, Letters, Essays, etc. I even got a support letter froms a former classmate and friend. I was interviewed by an Alumni in Chile, and it went great, it lasted more than two hours of a very stimulating conversation.
    Now I find myself in the position where I have to wait for an answer and I really want to know what else could I do. Do you have any advice?
    Best regards.
    Ramón.

  2. avatar Saurabh says:

    Hi Sanjeev,

    Before coming to the point I would like to introduce and tell you about my profile because it is very much needed for me to know where I actually stand at this present moment. I am working professional in IT firm (IBM India Pvt. Ltd. as my first job) with having a 1 year of total work exp out of which 2 months of international experience in Portsmouth, UK. I have Cumulative GPA of 6.92/10 or you may say 69.2%age in academics. And moreover I have got 760 score in GMAT. My school (10th and 12th standard) percentage is around 82%.

    So the point is,
    *How much is the chance for an IT consultant (project work in Energy field ‘SSE,UK’) to get an admission in 2 years full time MBA in LBS with having only 2 years of Work exp. (Exp would probably go upto 2 years as I will start applying and follow the whole procedure of admission) ?
    *And how much is the profile matters as well as International exposure matters ?
    *And which matters the most:’MBA related firm or profile like banking,etc’ OR ‘non-MBA related firm or profile like IT, etc but with having a good international exposure (soon I may get) and a good work record’.

    Looking forward for quick reply,

    Thanks,
    Saurabh