Student Stories

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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08.08.2018

From UK to China – Tom Stahl

Class of 2014 (Germany)
Pre-MBA: District Manager, General Motors (UK)
Post-MBA: Director - Employee Benefits, MetLife (China)

"During the program, I attended the campus recruitment talk by MetLife. HKUST is one of the only two schools in Asia that MetLife targets for recruitment to its leadership development program in the region..."

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08.08.2018

Singapore Career Trek – Susan Yu

Class of 2012 (China)
Pre-MBA: Senior Auditor and Engagement Leader, Ernst & Young (China)
Post-MBA: Associate Director, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

"I connected with the HR team at Standard Chartered through the Singapore career trek during the MBA. The HR executive shared my resume with the hiring managers within the company..."

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08.08.2018

The HKUST MBA network – William Pein

Class of 2012 (Germany)
Pre-MBA: Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting (Frankfurt)
Post-MBA: Manager, BMW China Services (Beijing)
Current: Senior Manager, Steering & Business Management of Development and Projects China, BMW Group (Germany)

"If not for my classmate’s network, I wouldn’t have got the internship role, which was converted into a full-time job job after my graduation..."

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08.08.2018

A global career outside Asia – Minky Cho

Class of 2012 (Korea)
Pre-MBA: Project Coordinator, Citibank Korea (Korea)
Post-MBA: Management Associate, Li & Fung Limited (United States)

"The HKUST MBA has contributed a great deal to who I am today and has more than met my expectations. Having spent most of my life in Korea, I would never have expected that after my MBA, I would be doing business and product planning for Calvin Klein footwear in New York..."

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08.08.2018

A geographical and functional switch – Ken Shek

Class of 2013 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Product Planner, Blackberry (Canada)
Post-MBA: Account Manager, Channel Partners, Apple (Singapore)

"HKUST was my top choice due to its location in Hong Kong, which is uniquely positioned to offer an easier West–East transition. It is also the most globally recognized school in Asia, so if I return to the West in the future, its brand name will also help me there..."

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08.08.2018

Moving up the ladder in architecture – Han Hsi Ho

Class of 2012 (Taiwan)
Pre-MBA: Associate, HOK (USA)
Post-MBA: Associate Director / Studio Manager in Design + Planning, AECOM (Hong Kong)
Current: Founding Partner, Platform Design Associates (Hong Kong)

"My experience at HKUST MBA was above my expectation. Even though people might perceive HKUST MBA to be finance focused, the curriculum is very balanced with 5 career tracks, all of which are good for building up a well-rounded understanding of business for management roles..."

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08.08.2018

Why HKUST MBA – Jacqueline Lee

Class of 2015 (Singapore)
Pre-MBA: Business Relationship Manager, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)
Post-MBA: Corporate Sales, HSBC Global Banking and Markets (Hong Kong) 

"Employers are increasingly looking out for candidates with an international perspective. In a globalized world, we are competing not just against the best in our country, but the best in the world..."

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