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Hello everyone,

So I haven’t had a chance to write a blog since a long time and I’m going to venture in the direction Mike pointed to earlier: Student Ambassador queries. I try my best to keep up with the emails I get but things can get prettyyy busy for a MiM so I’ll use this space in an attempt to reach out to more people. This is just my opinion; please check the website regularly for updated information. Here are common questions I get:

  • Am I eligible to apply?

This programme is designed for those with 0-1 years of relevant work experience. What does relevant mean? Thats a good question. So its usually those people who have just graduated and joined (like myself) or those who had a job for less than a year. However, there is someone in my class who was rock-climbing for two years and then joined, but his work experience was not relevant to the degree so he was eligible to apply. If you have more than 1 year of work experience I suggest you look into other programmes (details of which are available on the website).If there is any confusion on your eligibility to apply, you can mail the program office at mim@london.edu and clarify.

  • What do MiMs do after they graduate? What do they earn?

MiM students can enter Consulting, Finance, Industry, Public Sector, start their own business or enter pretty much any sector after graduation. You can read more here:

http://www.london.edu/programmes/msc/benefitsandcareerimpact.html

Your salary will depend on the job offer you get and from the sector and country you get it in. London Business School is a very global school and recruiting is done worldwide, not just for London.

  • Everything under the sun about the GMAT

You have to give the GMAT to apply for the MiM. There is no right or wrong GMAT score and no score is looked in isolation. I think a score of 700+ would make your application competitive and also give you an edge when you are later applying for jobs as some companies look at your GMAT. A GMAT of between 600 – 800 is the range in my opinion. The average GMAT of my class is 689.

Have a look at the video we made:

  • Will I compete with MBAs for jobs?

You’d be competing with other MiM students and possibly even undergraduates (since the MiM programme is a pre-experience programme). You would not be in competition with the MBA, MiF or other London Business School degree programme students as they have work experience. In fact, the other degree programme students are very helpful and collaborative.

  • Any advice for the essays and recommendations?

Just make sure you be yourself when writing your essays. I know this is easier said than done, but really write about what you are passionate about and make clear your reasons for joining London Business School and the MiM programme. My advice would be to make a friend or someone else who knows you well read your essays, that way they can easily tell if you are sounding ‘fake’ or overdoing it. Also try getting a teacher or someone in the workplace with more experience than yourself to read your essays. The admissions committee reads tons of essays and to make your essay stands out, tell your own story honestly.

In terms of your recommendations, don’t write them yourself (yes, people do that). The admissions office can tell. Also choose the person who knows you well to write it, instead of going for the person with the higher job title just for the heck of it.

  • Funding

There is a detailed list of scholarships, living expenses etc on the website. Additionally, I encourage you to look into local scholarships from the countries you are from.

  • What are my chances of getting in?

Aaa I wish I knew. Which means that I unfortunately can not tell you what your chances of admission are as I am not on the admissions committee and even they won’t be able to tell you unless you apply!

Okay this is a long long post. Hope this helps! Good luck :)

Saira

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Pull. Push. Both?

Posted by: Saira

In marketing theory, a push and pull concept relates to various strategies you can use to creatively acquire your target market. For example, you can either ‘push’ your brand to consumers by acquiring more retail shelf space or ‘pull’ the customers towards your brand by creating longer lasting relationships. How sweet. But let’s talk practise.

At London Business School, there’s a different kind of push and pull going on. You are at the epicentre of this enormous mammoth like pool of opportunities that are pulling you towards them. And you, excited, over-whelmed, awed and eager to outperform are like an octopus, pushing yourself to get the most out of each opportunity. There comes a point, however, when you either need more hours in the day, or when you realise that prioritisation is your new best friend.

With the number of amazing clubs at London Business School, you really have to decide which kick-off to attend, which club to join, and which one to commit to as a representative. Then you’ve got your classes, group project meetings, job hunt, cover letter, resumes, informative sessions, peer leadership programmes, case practise sessions, tennis, rugby, exploring London, pubs, restaurants, skype-sessions.. I can go on and on and on. When I first came, I wanted to do everything. But then I realised that part of being at business school is about understanding what your priorities are. You have to balance experimenting with new things to adding value to what you already know.

Keep this in mind when you’re applying. Have you prioritised what you want? Have you done some soul searching to give more weightage to the reasons you’re determined to pursue higher education? Have you taken time to add value to your career or personal relationships? I just developed laryngitis, and am currently battling the restriction my doctor placed on using my vocal cords, have got to save my voice for Career Week next week. Sigh, priorities.

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Great expectations

Posted by: Saira

It’s almost funny. You go into a situation with a certain set of expectations. You calculate the probabilities, listen to your gut, and enter head on. And no matter what you do, there are times when reality exceeds your expectations. I live in Pakistan and have never been to London. So when I got admitted to London Business School, I was as excited about the city as I was about the school. I had preconceived notions about what London would be like: the history, the architecture, the infamous red bus, and who can forget the good ol’ fish and chips! But to live the student life with all the positive energy of the world’s financial capital, to be amidst brilliant teachers and students in a world class business school, to debate in a classroom where more than 40 languages are spoken and then step outside to a city where more than a 100 dialects flow, to move beyond my comfort zone and be part of something bigger than myself, that’s the stuff that surpasses expectations. And that’s what I’m looking forward to the most, to experience a world that makes me realize: Wow, this is larger than life.

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