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When I first heard about the Masters in Management program, it was pitched to me as a very practical program or a program where you can pick up a lot of practical knowledge.  Whilst I had one definition of what it could be, I still wondered what a practical program exactly is.

1.)  Courses: We had four courses last semester and they were very, you guessed it, practical. So we actually performed regression analysis, identified personality biases and debugged financial statements. Yet the common factor, which makes such practice useful, is that we do these as part of solving a bigger problem. This not only makes the learning enjoyable but also helps us better understand real world applications of these skills.

2.)  Clubs: The clubs are an awesome resource to learn how things really work out there. The biggest learning comes from the exceptional MBA students who are more than willing to mentor and pamper you. I’m part of the Impact Consulting club that gives me amazing opportunities to work with strategy consultants and learn how things work in their world while also nurturing my interest in the development sector. I get to learn a lot about dealing with clients and problem solving. Almost every MiM student is involved with one club or the other and the skills they pick up serve them well beyond the job hunt.

3.)  Others: There are still so many other opportunities to pick up skills you’ll use in a work environment. Business Immersion Week, Career Week and the Exchange programs offer plenty of opportunities to not only learn how things work but also get your hands dirty through workshops conducted by the participating companies.  You can also take up numerous roles of responsibility such as that of an Academic Representative or a member of the Business Connections Committee which provide you with a wide variety of management skills. Besides these, Career Services is always working to setup interactions with people working in the sectors of your interest and these interactions provide you with the inside scoop, the kind you don’t get in classrooms.

That’s a practical program.

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Meet the Dean

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“What’s this?” said Chido as we approached a section of the campus which looked as isolated as it was beautiful. It was my first time in London Business School and I decided to do some exploring, encouraged by the beautiful company of Chido and Katja.  “Well, I hear this is where the Dean likes to hang” I said as the three of us stood in front of the only part of the campus with a permanent bed in it. Yes, the Dean lives here.  There is a theory somewhere that the mere thought of an object tends to set in motion a sequence of events that increases the chances of that object’s immediate appearance. It was but logical that we turned around to see Dean Likierman approach us.

I knew he was the Dean; he was a recurrent figure in all the research I had done prior to writing my application essays.  Otherwise, he looked too comfortable to be the Dean. His gait didn’t quite suggest that he owned the place, only that he treasured it. What followed was a five-minute chat that left us smiling stupidly for ten minutes.

“The Dean is soooooo sweet!” exclaimed Katja, she really liked him. Sweet he was, but the thing I admired the most was the energy he radiated when he lifted his hands and exclaimed ”It’s finally happening!”. I’m generally not the one to be excited by beginnings or endings, but I really did feel like a kid on his first day in college when he did that; I felt like I had something worth being excited about. We were thoroughly kindled by our brief encounter with the Dean.  As we walked away, we were also gently satisfied because we realized that what we really encountered was a way of life we had a year to get used to.

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