2014 ISB Adcom Interview Available!

Indian School of Business

ISB

Thinking about applying to the Indian School of Business?

Then check out our recent Q&A with Mr. V. K. Menon, Senior Director of Placements at ISB for valuable information on career prospects for ISB grads post-MBA. Read on for an excerpt:

Question: Can you explain how well ISB graduates are placed in terms of being work ready on the first day? Do ISB and companies that hire consider that the PGP is robust enough to deliver work-ready managers with minimal training?

VK Menon: Let’s look at how we operate. The ISB Program is a one-year program. So right when we were setting up the school the question arose, should we go in for a one-year program or should we do a normal two-year program like many other business schools? The research we conducted showed that if people had more than three years of experience they were in a very advantageous position if they went in for a one-year program, and so we chose the one-year model.

The tradeoff of the model is that in a typical two-year model, you get about 720 contact hours. These are hours which you spend in class with the professors, 720. In a one-year program, that is the one that is done by ISB, you have around 680 contact hours.

So there is a tradeoff of about 40 contact hours, but the advantage is that you get back to work one year earlier.  
 
So that’s how we formulated the design. Having formulated the design, the other thing which we had to do was that we had to do away with all the breaks….This one year is split up into eight terms and each term is one and a half months. In each term, you will do about four to five subjects which means that it’s a very tight program and the program rolls on term after term for one complete year.

Now, the interesting fact here is that close to around 70% of the students who join the PGP Program of the ISB change their careers. They either change their function or they change their industry or they change their location or they change all the three. So the question which was asked becomes very important. How is it that we make these people ready to be operative from day one, how is that we prepare them not just on that curriculum but also on the get-ready-to-industry concept? Now for that we have a complete — under the Career Advancement Services, we have a Learning and Development Department. The Learning and Development Department is headed by vertical specialists….So it is their role…to ensure that you take the right subjects, you go to the projects which you need to do. You may have to choose certain projects which are specifically designed for you. You may have to kind of go out and work with certain industries. You may have to do special sessions from industry experts who are brought in for getting you ready to go to market. So there’s a whole set of activities which are done by the Learning and Development Department.

This department is not in any way associated with the academics that go on. The academics is a stream by itself. The Learning and Development Department just ensures that the student is job ready, job fit for both the interview and for the job, if and when the job is given to you. So that’s the way in which we train students to be ready on day one. Going by feedback of companies which have been recruiting, and we’re very sensitive about feedback, we get back to the companies and we are in close touch with more than about 1,000 companies worldwide. So the feedback suggests that the graduates of ISB have performed exceptionally well when it came to really handling assignments post graduation.

For the complete conversation, please check out the 2014 ISB Career Opportunities Post-MBA Q&A or listen to the audio file. You can also view our ISB B-School Zone for more information.

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2013 London Business School Masters in Management Adcom Interview Available!

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Are you confused about the difference between London Business School’s MBA and its Masters in Management (MiM)? Are you considering applying for the MiM program but have questions about the program’s curriculum, student life, job prospects, etc.? Are you looking for winning tips on how to best present yourself in London’s MiM application?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you’ll want to check out our recent Q&A with London Business School MiM reps Ivan Anderson, Client Services Manager at the Masters in Management; Alex Salter, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at the Masters in Management at London Business School; and Daniel Lay, Career Services Recruiter Lead for the Masters in Management at London Business School. Read on for an excerpt.

Question: What are the main differences between the MiM program and the conventional MBA program?

Alex Salter: With regards our MiM program, it really is a pre-experience program for more recent graduates in the last couple of years. The MBA at London Business School, I can certainly say you will be required to have a minimum of two years work experience and it’s actually unusual to see students on the program contributing at that level. The average work experience on that program has risen year and year. At the moment it’s just about six years work experience. So we really are filling the gap in the market. People are graduating more recently looking for that practical business experience, whilst they might not have the practical experience themselves. It may only be in a number of internships that they have undertaken.

Ivan Anderson: …Also, I definitely think the differences between the MBA and the Masters in Management specifically is that we equip individuals who come from various different undergraduate disciplines with the skills and the knowledge, as well as, the tools that they need in order to really begin and to make their impact on the business world. Versus the MBA which is slightly different where individuals either use the MBA to shift careers or to move up to the next level within their career. Versus the MiM which is designed to really give young professionals that are just entering the market the extra competitive edge that they need in order to really make an impact.

For the complete conversation, please check out the 2013 London Business School MiM Q&A transcript or listen to the audio file. You can also view our London Business School MiM B-School Zone for more information.

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2013 MBA Waitlist Q&A with Linda Abraham Transcript Available

MBA Waitlist Chat

Waitlisted?

Have you been waitlisted to your top choice MBA program? Are you looking for tried and true tools that will help you gain acceptance from the waitlist? Check out the transcript from our recent Q&A, 2013 All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A with Linda Abraham, CEO of Accepted.com, for advice on all aspects of the MBA waitlist.

During the Q&A, Linda answered the following questions (and others):

  • What is the ideal frequency of emails to the waitlist manager?
  • Is there strategically a good time when to send my letter, i.e. right away versus waiting until round two responses go out?
  • Is it acceptable to say that you have registered for an online class recently? There won’t be a grade to report back, but would this effort make a difference?
  • Most schools say a visit to campus does not affect decisions because they don’t want to penalize people who cannot make it. But, can a campus visit help show interest and passion that may help a waitlist candidate?
  • Is it true that schools do in fact rank the waitlist? If so, when do they typically begin that ranking?
  • Do you suggest we sit tight for schools like HBS who say to send in nothing?

For the complete conversation, including answers to these questions, please check out the 2013 All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A transcript or listen to the audio file.

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London Business School Masters in Management Admissions Q&A

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

If you’re thinking about applying to London Business School‘s Masters in Management program, then you’ll want to tune in to Accepted’s upcoming Q&A on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM GMT, during which Ivan Anderson, Client Services Manager,  Alex Salter, Recruitment & Admissions Manager and  Daniel Lay, Career Services Recruiter Lead will be available to address all your MiM concerns – from who the ideal MiM candidate is, to details about the MiM curriculum, to student life in London…and everything in between. If you’re interested in learning about how this internationally acclaimed top program will enrich your understanding of business fundamentals and help you reach your management goals, then you won’t want to miss this Q&A!

Register now to reserve your spot for London Business School’s MiM Q&A.

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For more information, please e-mail your questions to webinar@accepted.com.

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All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A

MBA Waitlist Chat

Waitlisted?

Waitlisted? Accepted.com founder and president, Linda Abraham, will be hosting a Q&A devoted to waitlisted applicants on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET. During the Q&A, Linda will provide an overview of waitlist basics – key steps you should take, things to avoid, and more. The overview will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers. Don’t just dream of being accepted to your top school – make it a reality when you attend Accepted’s live waitlist Q&A and benefit from Linda’s successful waitlist tactics.

Register now to reserve your spot for the Accepted.com MBA Waitlist Q&A.

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For more information, please e-mail your questions to webinar@accepted.com.

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