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Information sessions

Posted by: AK

In one of the previous posts, Warmed Up , I briefly mentioned about the pre-MBA information sessions. The comments brought to my notice that these sessions may not be all that apparent. So thought I’d do my bit of spreading a word about these.

During September of last year, I remember performing my due-diligence on various business schools. I was running late in the process, because of my procrastination to write GMAT — which I ultimately wrote on 15 Aug. Over the next few weeks, i.e. following the GMAT, I spent most of time understanding the value proposition, culture, programme design, professors, placement records, students’ profiles etc. across various business schools. Spending time on the websites and blogs was easy – but was (evidently) not enough. I was fortunate to find alumni of most of these schools within the organization I worked for. But what ultimately helped me complete my research was attending these information events.

London Business School has stared to organize its information events for this season. Please find the details here . Representatives from the school talk through the school offerings and then open up for Q&A. These events are a great way for one to find out everything that one needs, to be able to make a well informed decision before working on one’s applications.

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Life during OCR

Posted by: Carolina

The start of the year signals the beginning of the On Campus Recruiting (‘OCR’) period for MBA summer internships. We returned from the year-end break to face Corporate Partners week – a week fuelled with companies’ presentations, mostly in investment banking and consultancy.

The agenda was hectic and pretty soon completing application forms by the tight deadlines seemed overwhelming for some. But submitting applications was nothing in comparison to the interviewing. The favourite (and sometimes only) topic of conversation in and out of campus during January and February was interviews: how many have you got? What company? What did they ask you? Have you heard back?

It was like a collective obsession that took over us.

We are in mid February now and the interview pipeline has started to dry up for those in banking and consulting. By now, some of us have already accepted offers and stopped interviewing; others are still in the search. For all of us, life in campus has started to feel more normal.

So after attending almost all presentations, filling many application forms and doing my round of interviews, this is my advice:
- Start preparing early. You might think it’s a cliché… Seriously, just do it! Things like cover letters can be drafted in advance and refined after attending the company’s presentation. Same goes for online application forms in which you can start filling in your details.
- Do as many mock interviews as you can, but do leave sometime between sessions to take in the advice you are given and polish your technique.
- Ask the second years because they have been through OCR before and are extremely helpful, especially in sharing tips.
- Don’t forget that your CV is your most powerful tool. But if you are a career switcher you will need to do more networking than someone who already has experience in the area.
- Don’t panic! There’s always that technical question that you didn’t know and that fit question in which you could have used a stronger example. Yes, perhaps you could have done better but don’t despair. Learn from the experience and move on.

It was a tough month for me – more like an emotional roller-coaster, but my hard work paid off, and now OCR seems like a distant memory of a time in which I learnt a lot about myself and my classmates. The challenge doesn’t end here… bring the summer internship on!

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