LBS puts you into the spot basically.
We meet with the right people, network with the right people. You get to
know what the companies and what the institution want from you
and you can implement a new strategy to become a person
who they want. It all started from an email from Finance Club saying that Goldman
Sachs is hosting an event at their office. During
the event I met several people and two of them where LBS alumni.
Both of them recommended me internally and they back me up
and I think it’s a it’s what’s really made a difference.
Like many other companies Amazon came to campus. Had I not joined LBS
I would have never had access to their graduate programs because
they only go to top tier business schools and hire only from those
schools. After they made the presentation they posted the job onto Career
Central which is an internal job website. We had a
lot of sessions on working on our CV and cover letters. My CV
changed a lot. My format changed completely and what I talked about
and how I talked about my accomplishments. So I was a CFO in a startup based in Berlin
and London. Even though it’s a great management experience
the startup was not very big so it was not very well known by
the business community. I don’t think it would have been possible for me to get
that role at HSBC without being at London Business School
because I didn’t have the exact career path that would lead to
such a job. By being at London Business School it brought a kind of reset to my career. I got this offer for this summer associate
position in an investment bank through the Career Service Centre. Every year LBS plans New York finance career track. Because I visited
the major investment banks in New York I was able to find a position and I
got an offer. The school gives you an amazing opportunity
to meet recruiters from all over the world from
all the different industries but it’s ultimately up to you
whether you’re going to make it or not. In my case I had to meet twelve people
before I secured my internships, seven before I had my first interview and
in total I think I did around 50 coffee chats. You have to work hard obviously that’s a given.
If you prepare well and if you work hard I’m sure that one of
the opportunities you will be able to pick up