Top 5 Reasons you should get an NUS MBA

The following are reflections by Maria Patricia Villar, an expected graduate of NUS MBA.

Finals are over. From here on, I may no longer see the face of graded homework and group projects. There may be less of the formal networking events to prepare small talk topics for. GPA will no longer dictate my “future”, and the sting from the mistakes I made in the Accounting mid-terms will feel less painful.  Hooray for that! …Or maybe not. Because instead of these, what I must now face is the more cruel reality of work and projects on which my family’s living will be based upon, more crucial conversations on which depend millions of dollars in sales or losses, and mistakes that may lead to getting fired. Clearly, MBA is merely a means to an end. Looking back with fresh eyes, let me share some reflections on the benefits I gained from taking my MBA in NUS, and hence the reasons why one should consider taking it as well:

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Voices: I Value Cultural Diversity – Prasad Bakre’s story

This post is a part of the NUS MBA Blog’s “Voices” series, where MBA candidates at NUS Business School share their personal stories.

Having worked and traveled to the USA, Europe and South East Asia, Prasad Bakre‘s key consideration for an MBA was cultural diversity. Just over a semester later, the NUS MBA Student Ambassador shares his story and some valuable tips for admissions into the NUS MBA.

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Why did you choose Singapore to pursue your MBA? And why NUS MBA? 

Singapore appealed to me for two main reasons. First, I had a reasonable work experience in Asia, and Singapore is the central hub of Asia – it was a natural choice for me to grow. Second, I was impressed with the the rich diversity in Singapore as well as in the NUS MBA cohort. I had already visited NUS in March and knew that the school was a really good fit for me.

What are some of the tips for admissions that you can share with prospective applicants?

I would suggest a few things: First, just be as genuine as possible. The admissions committee is already dealing with super-talented people, so it can easily make out if you are faking it. Second, sit back and ask yourself why you really want to do an MBA and whether the school you are applying to fits your life-strategy. And finally, DO NOT mix up applications. That is the worst thing a future manager can do!

How did you feel when you received an offer letter? 

I clearly remember that moment. I was preparing for my weekly sales meeting when my cellphone chimed, “Congratulations! You have been selected…” The message made me almost jump in the air! The admission process was very smooth. However, I did have to make few critical decisions about leaving my job, financing the MBA and relocating to Singapore. Right now, I am in a long distance relationship with my wife, since she works in Tokyo and I am in Singapore.

How has the NUS MBA experience been for you so far?

It seems just like yesterday when I sat at my UTown Residence, looking forward to our Orientation. The Outward Bound tour, followed by the Management Communication Camp, helped us know our cohort better. Classes, assignments, parties and studies were quite demanding. The first semester has definitely made me a wiser and a more mature person. I’m looking forward to more!

I believe that the NUS MBA is for those who have a keen interest in Asia and who value rich diversity. It’s amazing to see Indians, Columbians, Chinese and Singaporeans try some Bollywood dance moves on tunes of German songs during Oktoberfest! If all the above things AND some excellent leadership opportunities around the world excite you, NUS is just the place to be!

Could an NUS MBA equip you to be the next trailblazer? Find out more about the curriculumfaculty, and opportunities available on our website, mba.nus.edu.sg.

Tips for interviews on Skype

The interview, whether in person or online, is the first personal impression you will make. All your test scores, letters and application essays have been successful in scoring an interview, now it is up to you to impress.

The interview panel

The NUS MBA interview panel will consist of either a faculty member and a staff member of the Graduate Studies Office (GSO), or two members from the GSO. The interview is about 20-minutes long and will be conducted during office hours. The interviewers will be given the candidates’ resumes, essays and referee reports ahead of the interviews.

How to do well in the interview?

With many potential student candidates located around the world, the Skype interview is becoming increasingly popular with NUS interviewers. Though similar in purpose to a face-to-face interview, doing so on Skype has subtleties that one needs to know before undertaking it. Continue reading

Post-NUS MBA salaries jump 147%: FT Rankings

FTIn the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings for 2014 released today, the NUS MBA has climbed four places to 32nd rank, becoming the highest-ranked MBA programme by a Singaporean business school. It has ranked 10th for International Mobility, and moved up 12 places to 19th in the world for International Experience, reflecting the diversity of the programme and global exposure for our students.

The most encouraging news for our students however, was the increase in post-MBA salaries – 147% on average – over the pre-MBA salaries. It is a validation of the significant impact of the NUS MBA brand and reputation.

The business education world is full of rankings, but not all rankings are equal. The FT MBA rankings rank the world’s best full-time MBA programmes using 20 different metrics, including several measurements that attempt to rate campus diversity and the earning potential of the graduates, through a survey of global business schools and its alumni who graduated three years ago.

We are honoured to be in the company of the best business schools in the world. The FT rankings are added motivation for us to continue enhancing our curriculum”, says the Dean of the School, Professor Bernard Yeung.  “For instance, we recently introduced the compulsory Management Communication module and the Management Practicum in the NUS MBA. These courses are similar to training given to top executives in companies globally, in which participants are trained to manage difficult conversations and make sound judgement. With good management communication skills being a key foundation of influential business leaders, the aim is to develop our students into effective leaders guided by strong values”, he adds.

For the full ranking list, click here. For more information about the NUS MBA, click here.

 

Work experience and its pertinence to the NUS MBA programme

What does the admissions team at the NUS MBA programme look for when it comes to work experience? Is it the length of service or the prestige of the company? Are applicants with fewer than the average number of years of work experience at a disadvantage?  We seek to answer these questions and more in equipping prospective applicants with the right information for pursuing an NUS MBA degree.

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How much is sufficient?

Full-time students in the 2013 intake of the NUS MBA programme have an average work experience of 5.5 years, while their part-time counterparts have seven years. Do bear in mind that this is merely a statistic, not a strict guideline. While some candidates can impress admissions officers with just two years of work experience, others may benefit from having a lengthier corporate stint.

Internships and professional positions

For younger applicants with a dearth of work experience, listing their internships can be useful in demonstrating practical work experience, transferable skills, or even minor accomplishments. Even so, an applicant with a history of full-time professional work experience is likely to have an edge over another with only internships on the resume. However, do not underestimate the value of internships. Apart from gaining professional experience in a specific industry, it can be a source of valuable contacts and an opportunity to gain valuable insights in an industry. Continue reading