Letter of recommendation

Application & Admission
  • Posted by pettrici@hotmail.com on 01/07/15 6:09pm

    Hey Thomas,

    I am applying to a Msc program at Esade where I was already in summer school this year. One of the summer school professors wrote me a letter of recommendation and I am not sure if i should use since he was my professor for only 1 month.
    TNX :D

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/08/15 2:45pm

      Hi there,

      ideally, the recommendation letters should be done by people who are able to assess your ability as a future student (given that recommendation letter means recommending someone for a specific program). This ususally implies that the person should have experienced you for some time, may it be within a professor-student relationship or within a business context.

      From that perspective, a professor with just a month experience of you may not be the best decision. On the other hand, having the recommendation of a professor from that school where you plan to apply could be an advantage as the admissions people may take this serious. So, I would recommend you this:

      • Take one recommendation letter from THAT professor (even if he/she knows you just for a month).
      • Take a second recommendation letter from someone who knows you longer.

      Makes sense?

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      By Thomas Graf
      Owner MIM Compass
      Author of the MIM eBook

    • Posted by pettrici@hotmail.com on 01/09/15 8:50am

      Thanks Thomas, that is exactly what I was meaning to do.
      Do you have any idea how difficult might it be to enter Cems, if applying in the beginning of March?

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/09/15 12:10pm

        Why don't you try to get in contact with a current CEMS student? You can ask CEMS for bringing you in contact by sending a message to CEMS via our Ask-the-school page.

        By Thomas Graf
        Owner MIM Compass
        Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Neha on 12/14/17 7:13am

    Hey Thomas,

    I wish to pursue an MiM in 2019 (Fall semester). At the moment, I am in the penultimate year of my Bachelor of Engineering course in India. I am also working as an intern for two months at a firm. I would like to know if a letter of recommendation from this firm (apart from an academic LoR) will prove to be instrumental in my application process.

    Thanks
    Neha

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 12/15/17 10:04am

    Hi there,

    thanks for your question. I don't think that a letter of recommendation from your employer will have an influence on your application.

    Best
    Thomas

  • Posted by vaishnov on 09/21/19 4:45pm

    Hey Thomas,
    I wish to pursue MIM in 2020 (September) .I am currently working in an IT company for 1 year. I am planning to relieve from work by May 2020.I would like to know from whom I should get my LOR either from my professors(College) or from my Team Leads(Company). And also how to provide my experience certificate if I am goin to start applying colleges from now on ?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 09/23/19 1:31pm

    Hello,

    regarding the LOR, you can select both - professors, business people, or a mixture.

    With MBA programs, I always prefer LOR from the professional background. Why? Because your business sources can provide a better assessment of your management capabilities - and that's what MBA programs are about.

    As for MIM programs, the focus on your academic achievements are more important than for MBA programs, so that LOR from professors work well too. But if you have work experience already - while many MIM candidates are graduates without this - yopu may still consider delivering one LOR from a business context. This may distinguish you from other candidates and tell the schools about our management potential.

    You can choose business contacts from 360 degrees - your boss, your colleagues, clients, team members etc. as long as they have worked with you a decent time so that they are able to assess your management competencies or at least "potential".

    Best wishes,
    Thomas

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook