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Let’s not say Good-Bye

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After the Congregation on 2 July and a special boat trip party last night, I think I have graduated from the Masters in Finance programme, formally and mentally, but not legally yet. We are still waiting to receive the official degree certifcate, which will be sent to us later by mail.

It’s time to say Good-Bye, to the school life, to the fellow students, and to many other stuffs. But personally, I do not wish to end like that. Please allow me to publish again an email from me to the other MiF students this year and take it as a farewell to this blog. Wish all of you a great start at the London Business School!

Dear fellow MiFs,

I don’t know how you guys feel about leaving, but it is extremely difficult for me to say good-bye to everyone and the ten months we spent together.

I remember when I first got the addmission package from Peter, where one of the many things he asked us to do is to prepare a short self-introduction. So I would like to mark this ending with a whole new introduction of myself:

Hi everyone,

My name is Qiaoling (pronounced as “Tsiao Ling”, please always remember that!). I am originally from Hainan, an island in the very south of China. I just finished my study in the Masters in Finance programme at the London Business School and wish to pursue a career in the area of social venture capital or any financial roles related to social entreprise and development. I am married and will be staying with my husband in London.

It was a great experience studying with all of you. Please keep in touch and do not forget to email me if you will come back to London soon or have plan to visit China in the future.

Wish you all the best!
Qiaoling

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Q&A

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I received an email recently inquiring my opinions about the MiF programme. In this post, I attached his questions and my answers. Please feel free to add comments or correct me!

Hello Qiaoling,

I’ve seen that you are currently enrolled to LBS MiF. I’m considering whether to apply to this programme. I’ve several questions that I’d be grateful if you can respond me:

[Me]This year in the MiF was a tough yet fruitful year for me despite the fact that the job market is really bad for a business school student. I am not sure whether I should arbitrarily recommend the program to you as I had very limited information about your background and interests. But regarding the questions you asked, please check my thoughts elaborated below and don’t take them too seriously as I might be biased. After all, you are the one to make the final decision and take the responsibility for it.

1) What’s your opinion about the MiF?

[Me] The MiF program is very intense and focuses on the mainstream finance theories and practices more relevant to the following areas: investment, investment banking (corporate finance) and quantitative finance. You will learn a lot of knowledge in the classroom and from your fellow students, but that can not substitute a real-life experience of working in such fields.

2) I’m currently working in a family office and I’d like to continue developing my career in a similar role (i.e.VC/Private equity or Asset Mngmnt), but in another country such as Switzerland, US or UK. Is it useful the career services to get that kind of international position?

[Me] Where are you from exactly? If you are from Europe and targeting a UK job, then LBS is a good choice.

3) Do you find that the job position you can reach in financial services either if you take an MBA or the MiF is similar (from a short and long term point of view)?

[Me] Frankly, I can’t tell you the exact difference between MiF and MBA for such positions because most of us are messed up by the market this year. But in general, MBAs are better accepted in a wider business circle, while the MiF degree is well-known to the major investment banks and financial institutions in the City.

Feel free to get in touch and have a nice weekend!

Qiaoling

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Something about Choice

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Actually we started to have lots of “freedom” to decide what we want to do since last term. For a change, this year’s MiF students can choose to follow one of three concentrations – Corporate Finance, Quantitative Finance or Investment – or none of them. For each track, there are 1~2 compulsory electives and then 2~3 additional electives for qualifying for the concentration. But there is overlap between different course pools, so theoretically, one can manage to fulfil the requirements for two concentrations. Unfortunately, we are only allowed to claim one concentration in the end. The reason is not very clear to me, but I understand that life is always about choice.

Speaking of my choice, I am more inclined to focus on the stream of Corporate Finance, but I also want to challenge myself in the Quantitative area. Thus I choose “Fixed Income Securities”, “M&A, MBO and Corporate Restructuring”, “Venture Capital and Private Equity” and “Strategy for MiFs” in the spring term and “Credit Risk”, “Advanced Corporate Finance” and “International Finance” this term. Tansu has given his view on the professors, to which I concord. But there is one thing he did not mention: the study group.

At London Business School (or maybe at all the business schools), in every class, we have study groups, which are supposed to help us accomplish the big project required by the class and learn from each other. But it is more than just finishing and submitting assignments. For the core courses, the programme officer deliberately mixed students of different nationalities and backgrounds. Whether you will find compatible group mates is completely subjected to luck. For the electives, again, it is all about your own choice. Some people are “risk-averse”, which means they will only work with people they trust or like. Some people are “risk-loving”, which means they are prepared to enjoy the surprise or suck it up in whatever situation. I am somewhere in between: I like to work with different people and change my study group all the time for different courses; but I also try to avoid those who may have different working style. In the end, what kind of strategy one chooses decides what kind of experience he/she gets out of it.

And now, time for going back to the questions in the very beginning: Why have we chosen the London Business School? Why have we chosen the MiF programme? If you always know the answer to these questions, then you will always know how to make a choice.

Qiaoling

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