Student Stories


A functional switch to front end roles – Bernard Fung

Class of 2012 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Computer Virus Analyst, Fortinet (Vancouver)
Post-MBA: Senior Product Consultant, Microsoft (Hong Kong)
Current: Account Director, Financial Times (Hong Kong)

“My switch to the business sector would not have been this smooth without my MBA…”

“With an engineering background and 7 years of work experience in the R&D field, I figured it was time to apply my technical knowledge to something business related. I knew that doing an MBA would help me gain essential soft skills for front-end roles.

Other than a functional switch, I was also looking for relocation to Asia. A number one MBA school in Asia and within the top ten in the world, HKUST was the obvious choice to prepare me for a career in Asia with a Greater China focus.

During the MBA, I got an internship opportunity at Microsoft in sales and marketing, which was converted to a full-time position after graduation. The role required more out-of-the-box thinking, as I needed to deal with clients much more often, which I truly enjoyed.

My switch to the business sector would not have been this smooth without my MBA. The internship was a valuable stepping stone. But the presentation skills and business mindset I developed during my MBA have been the most crucial for my career development in my current role as a Sales Planner at Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service.”

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