While every B-school maintains that alumni are the main brand ambassadors for their programs/school, I think it is 100% true in case of London Business School.
My observations based on the interaction with 3 Sloan alumni members are:
- Sense of Belonging: They still have a very good sense of belonging to the school (even after more than 5 years of graduation), the program they studied and take pride in being London Business School alumni. This is the most important aspect for me personally as this speaks for the sustained relationship between school & alumni. The school involves them in information sessions, interview panels and gives weightage to alumni recommendations. Its also demonstrates the school’s confidence in grooming their students as future leaders.
- Accomplished, yet Humble: All of them were very down to earth, even though they are accomplished professionals working at highest levels in their organisations.
- Punctual: They were always 100% on time – whether it is for a call to discuss their experiences or the interview
- Listeners: They always gave opportunities to ask questions and answered all of them with patience
Alumni interaction helped me with the following:
- Understanding the Sloan program
- Understanding the impact of Sloan program on their personal & professional lives
- Understanding their class experiences
- Review of my application essays
- Recommendation letter (I was recommended by an alumnus whom I worked with, see my post on recommendations for details).
- Interview (I was interviewed by an Alumnus). Interview process, tips for preparation will be covered in one of the upcoming posts soon.
Coming to the exact role of Alumni during the admissions process, Alumni do play the role of an ambassador and help the school in the following:
- Share the impact of the program: if you are interested in Sloan program, just reach out to the program office with your profile summary. After initial assessment of your profile for fitment, program office will be happy to connect you to one of their alumni members in your city/country. You can meet them over a coffee and understand the value of the program from someone who has been there and done that.
- Attend Information sessions: Alumni will be present in the information sessions that happen all over the world. Make sure you register for the information session and utilize the opportunity to meet them to understand the program better
- Interview prospective students: Once you are shortlisted for an interview, program office matches your profile with an alumnus with similar background in your city and arranges for an interview. If you are based out of London, the admissions office also interviews people. Please wait for my upcoming post on ‘Interviews’ to see more details.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the alumni who have inspired me to put a successful application.
Please see my next post on ‘how I leveraged linkedin during my Sloan Application Process‘ to know about how I got in touch with alumni/current students.