Student Stories

14.03.2019

Why HKUST MBA? – Akhil Nair

Class of 2019
Pre-MBA: Operations Manager (Second Officer), Anglo Eastern
Post-MBA: Regional Supply Chain Manager (Asia Pacific), Methanex Corporation 

Akhil landed an internship with support from the HKUST MBA career office, which was converted into a full-time job offer.

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05.03.2019

How My MBA In Hong Kong Got Me A Job At Bain & Company – Michele Valente

Class of 2017
Pre-MBA: Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, Canon
Post-MBA: Consultant, Bain & Company

Michele Valente used his MBA at HKUST Business School to pivot his career to consulting within Europe. We find out how

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06.03.2019

How My MBA Helped Me Make A Career Switch – Hugo Tapia Frade

Class of 2016
Pre-MBA: Audit Senior II, Deloitte
Post-MBA: Project Manager, Group Business Development, Hackett London
Current: Head of Consumer Strategy and Planning - Group Business Transformation, Hackett London
 
Hugo Tapia Frade went from finance in Spain to retail in London after his MBA from HKUST Business School—here’s how he managed it.

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27.11.2018

How An MBA In Hong Kong Can Help You Move Your Career To Asia – Alan Sartori

Class of 2016
Pre-MBA: Fixed Income, I.R. Derivatives Trader (Proprietary Trading Desk), Banca Akros
Post-MBA: Chief Executive Officer, SL Palladio International

Alan Sartori used an MBA at HKUST Business School to move his career from Italy to China. Now he runs his own investment firm in Shanghai.

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08.08.2018

Expanding in Depth and Breadth of Knowledge – Kazuhiro Matsumoto

Class of 2017 (Japan)
Pre-MBA: Engineer, Intellectual Property Section, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Post-MBA: Supervisor, Intellectual Property Division, Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd. (Japan)

"Please seriously consider "Why MBA?" and “Why HKUST?” while during your research. Having clear answers to these questions will truly add value to your experience, it’s important to always reflect on your answers even during the course of your MBA in order to stay anchored."

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08.08.2018

IBM CFO Shanna: Don’t choose Comfort over Adventure during Your Best Years

Class of 2009 (Taiwan)
Pre-MBA: Internal Auditor, IBM (United States)

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08.08.2018

Plans may Change, but it's OK – Joseph Albert Lim

Class of 2013 (Philippines)
Pre-MBA: Associate Project Director, Pacific Strategies & Assessments (China)
Post-MBA: Consultant, McKinsey & Company (Philippines)

"The funny thing is that my plans changed more than once as I went through my MBA...Looking back it’s rather funny how my best laid plans didn’t turn out as I had intended. But the experience taught me that while it’s good to have a goal in mind, being flexible and open to new perspectives is a great mindset to have."

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08.08.2018

Start Planning Early – Rupal Kala

Class of 2016 (India)
Pre-MBA: Associate Investment Banking, Espirito Santo Investment Bank (India)
Post-MBA: Assistant Vice President, Barclays Investment Bank (Singapore)

"...start planning early. One should ideally get into the MBA mode as soon as you accept an offer because once the MBA actually commences you will always find that 24-hour days are not enough. Setting well defined targets, whether it be academic, professional or personal, will help in truly enjoying possibly the best 2 years of your lives."

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08.08.2018

Don't be Defined by the Name of Your MBA – Sean (Soo-Young) Jeong

Class of 2015 (Korea)
Pre-MBA: Corporate Brand Communications Manager, KB Kookmin Card (Korea)
Post-MBA: Channel Support Account Manager, Apple (Singapore)

"If you are exploring the idea of doing an MBA, you must give yourself plenty of time to think hard and deep whether it is the experience and journey that will help to propel both your professional and personal development...I would like to highlight that a successful MBA journey is not defined by the name of a school but by oneself."

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08.08.2018

Taking a Leap of Faith while Staying Focused – Tanya Vucetic

Class of 2017 (United States)
Pre-MBA: Senior Financial Analyst, Aviation Capital Group (United States)
Post-MBA: Business Development Manager, Asia Jet (China)

"The more successful you are at demonstrating you seriously want to live and work in Asia, the higher your chances are of being hired...Just like anywhere in the world, the job market here certainly has opportunities, but expect to have to pry those doors open yourself rather than something falling in your lap or the stars aligning."

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08.08.2018

Bridging Gaps between North America & Asia – Christopher Cheung

Class of 2016 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Team Lead, North America Lead Development Sales Operations, IBM (Canada)
Post-MBA: Director of Asia Operations, MetLife (Global Leadership Development Program) (China)

"The experience definitely exceeded my expectations for a number of reasons. Class discussions were always very interactive, allowing me to learn from the diverse experience of our classmates. The practicality of classes was something I truly appreciated."

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08.08.2018

Staying Relevant in Asia – Lambert Wang

Class of 2016 (China)
Pre-MBA: Associate, BX Capital (China)
Post-MBA: Associate, Goldman Sachs (China)

"...the final two that mattered most were where I wanted to continue develop my career post-MBA, and the key skills and elements I needed to achieve my long-term career goal."

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08.08.2018

McKinsey Business Analyst on Earning an MBA in Hong Kong – Flavio De Laurentis

Class of 2016 (Italy)
Pre-MBA: Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company (Italy)
Post-MBA: Associate, McKinsey & Company (Italy)

Flavio De Laurentis, a former McKinsey analyst, shares why he traveled from Milan to Hong Kong to do his MBA at HKUST, and the experience that followed in this media interview story by QS.

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08.08.2018

From L’Oreal to Burberry – Carol Zhou

Class of 2014 (United States)
Pre-MBA: Marketing Director, L’Oreal (New York)
Post-MBA: Director of Marketing – Asia Pacific, Burberry (Hong Kong)
Current: Senior Director of Brand Marketing - Asia Pacific, Marriott International (Hong Kong)

"Originally I had planned to work in Shanghai with my previous employer. Then one day, Burberry sent me a message through LinkedIn asking if I was interested in heading the marketing team in Asia for its newest division - beauty..."

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08.08.2018

A truly transformative experience – Theodore Milonas

Class of 2015 (Greece)
President, MBA Student Association 2013-14
Pre-MBA: Business Development, Energy Technologies and Biofuels S.A. (Greece)
Post-MBA: Management Consultant, PA Consulting Group (Switzerland)

"Student life at HKUST is extraordinary! In addition to studying, students can participate in a range of events organized on a daily basis by the MBA program and the MBA student clubs. It is more likely that you will run out of free time than events in which to participate..."

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