I opted for the Masters in Management (MiM) over the MBA because I was looking to boost my career, without having to wait for the ‘right time’ to pursue an MBA. I chose London Business School because its reputation extends far beyond Europe. I knew I wanted an international career, so was looking for a European business school with global prestige.
My favourite elective was focused on strategy. It helped me consider the bigger picture – which is critical, but not always easy to do in startups where everyone is so focused on execution. And Chris Coleridge was my favourite faculty member. His teachings were so practical and so relevant that I’m still applying them in my role today, seven years on.
During my time at LBS, I was selected to be part of the Executive Committee of the Retail & Luxury Goods Club. This was a brilliant experience, which gave me the chance to collaborate with industry experts as well as more senior students on my programme.
Working with other students didn’t just enhance my MiM; they were my MiM. They were all highly driven but humble people with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. I learned a lot from them – and have formed a network of lifelong contacts, based all over the world. They made my LBS experience fun and unforgettable.
Graduation day is still my best memory. I remember feeling sad it was over but excited for what was ahead. The School did everything it could to make the day memorable for us and our families. It really felt like a special event, not just a formality.
LBS played a huge role in helping me land my first job post-programme. From inviting the company to campus to supporting my CV writing and interview process, the School gave me the self-confidence I needed. Nothing felt out of reach.
My biggest career accomplishment to date has been working on Operator. The shopping app was selected by Apple as both Best New App and Editor’s Choice during the most important weekend for ecommerce – Black Friday/Cyber Monday – even though we’d only been live for a couple of weeks!
If you’re thinking about pursuing a MiM, it’s really important to understand your ‘why’. Having a clear idea of why the programme is for you, and why LBS is the place to do it, will help put you on the right path for your career goals.