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Relevance Watch

Posted by: Yang
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Your correspondence deliberately delayed this blog entry until this time, nearing the end of the term. On several occasions during the term, I had the urge to share with the outer world about the experiences on the MiM programme, the nights out, the inspirational talks and interesting insights about the business world. However, for those of you who are reading the blog, most of you are interested in what the programme offers, the skills you will gain that will land you the dream job. I feel that the programme will be helpful only if one can look beyond the surface of everything that is happening here – keeping relevant what you do at LBS in your job hunting journey is vital to career success.

So the three courses in the first term are Leadership in Organisation, Financial Accounting and Management Analysis & Systems. Sufficient to say, having a social sciences background I found the latter two more challenging. However, the material in the Leadership course is still fascinating. I have a slight worry that at this stage of my career, decision making and influencing other people may not be readily practiced in my first job. However, I often find myself applying Leadership material in interview practices and job applications. I know for sure that 5 or 10 years down the line I will be looking at the course and planning my next career.

In contrast to common wisdom, I actually think Financial Accounting is fun! Part of it comes from zero accounting background, but I did feel that figuring out entries on the balance sheet is a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle. What also works is that the examples are highly relevant, and being assigned to read financial news every week, and look for articles related to the current accounting topic put things into perspective. The message I take from the course is that qualified accountants are not only good at working with figures, but also have business sense and an ability to take an ethical approach in business.

Management Analysis & Systems is about statistics, in business, in a practical sense. We have covered basic statistical theory but the main component of the course is working on an excel model and being able to come up with innovative business ideas from it. Working on MAS assignments have been the most challenging so far, but most of them are done with study group mates. Again, LBS teaches something that is not mentioned on the course syllabus – being able to work efficiently in a team, being able to understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and being able to contribute to a team are what is essential in not only business but in life.

So this is a summary of what I perceive of the academic side of LBS so far. For all of you who are thinking of applying, I am sure you are all bright enough to handle the technical side of the course. What will add value to your professional development is really what you learn after the classes and what you can build on from the classes. LBS is the only place where working hard is not sufficient; but working intelligently will reap greater rewards.

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Time travels

Posted by: Harpreet

At the end of my first two weeks at LBS, I am confused about the speed of time here. In a sense it has just zoomed across; in one blink the first two weeks are already over. On the other hand, so much has happened over the past few days, it is hard to believe that its only been just a couple of weeks.

I won’t kill any of the surprises that you can cherish once you are here. But I must point out a few things that have fascinated me in this short time frame, about the school and also the city. So the three things that have stood out about the school for me:

  1. The institution’s capability to manage efficiently and effectively: From the power-packed orientation to our classes, from the famous away day to the club kick-offs, from career services events to complex simulations, everything is organized fantastically by the school. The prior arrangements for each thing happening over here seems to happen pretty much magically. As students, we never get to see any hassles, any panic situations. But the fact that each single thing is such super smooth, it is hard to not to appreciate the brilliance of the school staff. These guys definitely know a thing or two about management, and I will be happy to learn from them :)
  2. The thought that goes into designing each single activity: If the school thinks a student must learn a specific management principle, they go to any limits in making sure that the learnings are deep and long lasting. So that has resulted in exciting group simulations, physical team activities, interesting games, range of intelligently selected case studies, provoking class discussions, etc. etc. One can easily see the amount of thought and effort the faculty puts in here to make sure the lessons don’t remain words but become an integral part of our decision making forever.
  3. Diversity: I know you have heard it over and over again. Even at the risk of you stopping to read this post right away, I have to mention this. It does not get any diverse than this, period! There is no dominant nationality. I have friends now from Israel, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Venezuela, Portugal, and many many more countries (of course including States and UK :) ). Professions? From serial entrepreneurs to professional sportsmen to armymen to tech geeks to large businessmen to social entrepreneurs to media guys to the regular bankers and consultants, and everything in between. The breadth and depth of class discussions here is enriching and inspiring. If you want to learn to work in a multi-cultural environment, it seriously does not get better than this.

Apart from these serious things, there is ample amount of fun as well (on most times, much more than optimum :P ). In the next post I will try to capture that and also, what all  is making me fall in love with this great city called London.

There is so much to write and so much to share; the only challenge is time. It does travel. At what speed, I am still confused :)

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