Archive | February, 2012

Comments on business and art

This year, I’ve popped into quite a few art exhibitions in London. After spending most of the week in the structured world of frameworks and spreadsheets, it’s interesting to be in an environment that is in some sense the opposite. As far as I know, there’s no formula or rule dictating the position of brush [...]

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Diversity in the student body. Does it matter?

One of the professed advantages of LBS is the international student body. Schools shout from the rooftops about the number of nationalities represented But does this really matter? Is a school with 60 different nationalities better for you than one with 30? I think diversity matters and that it makes the student experience better. But [...]

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Working part time while at school

I’ve spent a good part of the course working part time; about nine months in total. The school doesn’t recommend it, but many people manage to fit it in. I’ve enjoyed it, and would happily make the same choice again. But there are a few things to consider. Namely, opportunity costs. You’re paying a significant [...]

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Problems with application essays

Sitting in a folder on my laptop are various application essays. Those essays took many hours of writing, editing, deleting, re-writing, etc. Not to mention time spent on them by the kind people who reviewed them prior to submission. For something that absorbed so much effort, the lack of attention I’ve given to those essays [...]

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More on networking and finance

In the last post, I wrote a little about what I’ve learned about the networking and relationship-building process over the course of the MBA studies. That post focused on careers. This post is about building a networks and relationships from the perspective of someone working in finance. To anyone already working in the sector, the [...]

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On business cards and networking

A good chunk of the year has been spent collecting business cards. Far from being a strange hobby, it’s an inevitable consequence of day to day life on campus. Between interviews, presentations, meetings, etc. a pile of cards grows imperceptibly over time. Now that pile shouldn’t be confused with the number of people you actually [...]

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