Student Stories

01.04.2020

Success Is Due to Our Stretching to The Challenges of Life – Valeria Stadalninkas

Class of 2021
Pre-MBA: Founder and CEO of a luxury athleisure fashion brand

“Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life."

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30.03.2020

Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable - Natasha Hsiao

Class of 2020
Pre-MBA: Strategy and Insight Analyst, Japan Tobacco International
MBA Internship: Project Consultant, BASF
Post-MBA: Assistant Manager, BASF

"Be comfortable with being uncomfortable."

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23.03.2020

Embarking My Journey in Hong Kong to Pursue Plentiful Business Opportunities in Asia Market - David Cerrillo

Class of 2022
Pre-MBA: Digital Business Technician, MAPFRE, Spain

“As a hub for the industry in Asia, Hong Kong is a reference city in the world’s financial markets, and is well-connected to innovation hubs such as Shenzhen and the Greater Bay Area, which makes HKUST the best option to develop a career in Asia and Hong Kong.” by David CERRILLO

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10.03.2020

Landed Internship with Schneider Electric in Only 4 Months' Time - Malvern Wong

Class of 2021
Pre-MBA: Individual Marketing Consultant
MBA Internship: Strategic Marketing Intern for Global Marketing, Energy Management, Schneider Electric

"As aspiring managers and leaders, crisis management and perseverance are two of many important qualities we need. Many of my classmates and I have chosen to regard the current circumstances as a real-life exercise in crisis management, and have found ways to adapt to the situation and deal with adversity." by Malvern WONG

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10.01.2020

Blockchain To Big Data: MBA Students Are Learning To Mix Business With Technology

Class of 2019
Pre-MBA: Account Manager, NTT Communications (Japan)
Post-MBA: Corporate Strategy and Planning, NTT Ltd. (Singapore)

“We should get used to managing technology.” Takashi Kobayashi, our HKUST MBA graduate, also a sponsored nominee from a leading Japanese telecom shared how the MBA interlinks technology with different business sectors. Takashi has also recently expanded his career footprints from Japan to Singapore.

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12.12.2019

How A Flexible MBA Can Land You Your Dream Job

Class of 2014
Pre-MBA: Supervisor, European Central Bank (Germany) 
Post-MBA: Data Science Manager, Gojek (Singapore)

How to fast-track your career with an MBA? Adrien Chenailler, HKUST MBA Full-time student from France of Class 2020, accelerated his MBA studies and landed his new role as Data Science Manager at Gojek only 9 months after he started his MBA study. Follow his journey now.

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06.09.2019

I wanted to change careers from finance to management in Asia. Here’s how my HKUST MBA enabled me to do this – Sam Dash

Sam Dash, Executive Assistant to the Group CEO at animal healthcare company Bimeda, was keen to change careers after spending seven years working in corporate finance, covering mergers and acquisitions.

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12.07.2019

How MBA Has Changed My Life – Yoshifumi Morita

Class of 2017
Pre-MBA: Associate, Mizuho 
Current: Senior Associate, PwC Advisory LLC

 

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10.07.2019

This MBA Quit A Job At The World Bank To Start A New Career In Asia—Here’s Why – Tomas Kucera

Class of 2014
Pre-MBA: Business Analyst, The World Bank Group (US) 
Post-MBA: Senior Consultant, 7Marketers (China) 
Current: Senior Branding and Business Development Manager, Shanghai Foreign Service Group (China)

Tomas Kucera changed careers and relocated from the US to China with an MBA at HKUST Business School in Hong Kong. He tells us why more people should do the same

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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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