December 21, 2009

What is a students club at b-school?

We're back to Israel for a short vacation between the autumn and the spring semesters. It's really nice to be back, especially when we have two weddings to party on with family and friends :)

Before I started my MBA I had a very vague clue about what is a students club at a business school. People talk about them so much, but not many truly know what stands behind it. I'll try to solve this riddle for you, in case you are interested. One small disclaimer - I will describer the way clubs are ran at LBS, assuming that it's not much different from other top business schools.

The whole administration of the communication is based on the LBS portal, where we have access to all information we need, like courses, career-services, room booking and discussion boards. The clubs are organised in form of discussion boards, so all you need to do to become an official member of a club is to sign up to the relevant discussion board. From this moment on, and until you cancel your subscription, you'll get every message posted on this board to your LBS e-mail.

On the other end of this discussion board is the executive committee elected every year. When we started our studies, we could apply for roles in these committees and this way become an influencing and active part of this club. The executive committee's role is to organise events, workshops and alert on relevant job posting. For example the Finance Club organises presentations of different banks and other financial institutes, visits to trading floors, workshops (for example: "Evaluation Workshop") and CV reviews by 2nd year students. The Consulting Club organises crack-a-case mock interviews to prepare you to the recruitment process, presentations by leading consulting companies and CV reviews.

I, for example, took the role of VP Marketing of the London Technology Summit that will take on February 19th, and is organised by the Technology Club. You can read all about it here.

There are two types of clubs: professional and social. You can find here the list of the clubs. I noticed that some are missing, like the Volunteering Club. But the list is long enough anyway ;)

For me the clubs, so far, have been an open door to explore different areas and cultures, even areas that I'm not necessarily wish to work in. It's another great opportunity to use the 2 years of your MBA to learn and to grow.

Good luck to all 2nd round applicants! ;)