LSE-> Non UK MBB

Was lurking Linkedin to check some stats and I noticed that in all MBB consulting, LSE alums dominated Oxbridge grads, which was contrary to what I had believed till now. I thought that Oxbridge was the only target school for consulting and Imperial and LSE were much much less of a target, although still a target.

Then I filtered for the UK and LSE dropped significantly below Oxbridge. LSE grads are almost equally divided beteen US and the UK, sometimes even more in the US, which seemed odd.

Stats for Top 3 UK Schools in MBB-

McKinsey and Co

McKinsey & Co-
756 LSE
597 Oxford
521 Cambridge
McKinsey & Co UK-
237 Oxford
201 Cambridge
137 LSE
McKinsey & Co US-
165 Oxford
152 LSE
76 Cambridge
McKinsey & Co Other-
467 LSE
244 Cambridge
195 Oxford

Boston Consulting Group
Boston Consulting Group-
602 LSE
432 Cambridge
383 Oxford
Boston Consulting Group UK-
205 Cambridge
163 Oxford
123 LSE
Boston Consulting Group US-
115 LSE
97 Oxford
60 Cambridge
Boston Consulting Group Other-
364 LSE
167 Cambridge
123 Oxford

Bain and Company
Bain and Company-
367 LSE
273 Oxford
253 Cambridge
Bain and Company UK-
140 Cambridge
133 Oxford
68 LSE
Bain and Company US-
78 LSE
73 Oxford
28 Cambridge
Bain and Company Other-
221 LSE
75 Cambridge
63 Oxford

Does this mean that LSE grads just lateral/transfer a lot more to the US and other locations or do they get more entry level positions in Other Countries because UK market is so dominant with Oxbridge? I know that linkedin data is not the most nuanced data out there but there is a trend. What do you make of it?

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Comments (3)

Sep 14, 2021 - 8:53am

There is another option, albeit a less likely one. We have a colleague who is a LSE grad and who is a dual passport holder (USC and UK citizen). He lives and works in the US for us. So if a US citizen studies at LSE that person would also show up in your search under US staff if they return home.

But this question is pretty interesting.

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  • Prospect in PE - Other
Sep 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Two reasons IMO.

Firstly, LSE has a lot of overseas MSc students that will have strong UG education. These would likely get MBB in their home office anyway - LSE just enhances the resume a little.

Secondly, LSE takes an obscene amount of people on their general course and summer school. These aren't really LSE students but are counted as alumni if you do a typical search on LinkedIn. This is also why it seems hugely overrrepresrnted for finance roles too (not saying it's not great, but numbers on LinkedIn don't actually match real data from incoming analyst classes).

  • Research Analyst in HF - Other
Sep 14, 2021 - 12:40pm

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