Sanskriti is from India and started a Masters in Management (MIM) at London Business School in 2017. In her blog, she shares her experience as a MIM student at the London Business School and provides valuable insights for potential future students into the program.
My second term is now complete; two-thirds of my Masters in Management at London Business School is over, and I can honestly say that things have only got better.
While I spent the majority of term one getting accustomed to my new life, in term two I was able to find time to explore different interests. I started off the year by reconnecting with old friends and making new ones through my new study group and other LBS events, the key event being LBS’ signature party – Tattoo. It’s the one night of the year when the campus transforms into a bustling illuminated carnival which truly celebrates and honours the diversity of its student body. I had a great time cheering and supporting my classmates who participated in the cultural performances, and concluded that every alum is right in saying that Tattoo is an unmissable event!
Some other highlights of my second term were:
- Business Immersion Week – in February I took part in Business Immersion Week, during which we got to engage with two to three London-based companies of our choice. I decided to visit a fintech company and two brand consultancies, as they were both areas that I knew very little about. It was great to gain insights about the industries by solving case studies and learning about the companies’ journeys.
- Impact Consulting project – this term, I also worked on a real-life project with the Impact Consulting Club. As part of a team of MiM and MBA students, I developed monetisation strategies for a social organisation. My project manager had many years of consulting experience and I learned a lot from the way she guided and shaped the project. After getting professional feedback on our recommendations, we presented them to our client and ended up receiving invitations to do internships with them!
- International Masters in Management Association Global Case Challenge – I represented LBS in a virtual case challenge where my team members were from WHU in Germany and Singapore Management University. We worked together for four months on a blockchain project (which, thanks to the time zone difference, involved complicated meeting scheduling and heavy doses of sleep deprivation!) and we were thrilled to win first prize. More than anything, I value the personal and professional connections that I built through this entirely virtual challenge, and I will always remember it as one of my most significant experiences at LBS.
- Elective courses – through the elective bidding process, I thankfully got my top choices for electives. I took New Venture Development this term, where I worked on a business venture with a team of Executive MBA, MBA and MiM students. The teaching format was distinctly different from our core courses, and the varied range of work experiences amongst the students was well reflected in each class discussion. Moreover, we worked on real life cases and often got to meet the subjects of our cases in each class. We ended the course by pitching our business plans to investors and got honest (and sometimes brutal) feedback!
- Social entrepreneurship – in our first term, some classmates and I had started to develop a social entrepreneurship project. After a lot of searching, brainstorming, and networking, this term we finally collaborated with a London-based social enterprise that supports entrepreneurs in India. Our team consulted with two entrepreneurs, and five of my colleagues headed to India to understand the on-the-ground situation and challenges. They had a unique learning experience, and we are now thinking of integrating this project with an LBS club so future students can benefit from it too.
On top of all of this, I started interning part-time with a retail technology startup which was founded by an LBS alumni. The internship gave me the opportunity to experience the startup culture of London, as well as to learn from and work with some truly wonderful individuals. I would definitely say a part-time internship is worth making time for, and would recommend it to everyone.
Lastly, the cherry on top was that I got to experience snow fall for the first time in my life - it really was magical. This term, the courses got tougher, the learnings got richer, and the friendships got stronger; overall, I was immensely grateful for and pleased with this term and I look forward to welcoming the next one.
Thank you for reading about my journey at LBS and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!