IBM Talk

The IBM Careers Talk organised by the Career Services Office took place at NUS Business School on 18 October 2006.

Think Business Consulting, Solutions, Software, IT Services, Servers, Storage, PC Products – Think IBM. At the IBM Careers Talk we had a unique opportunity to meet the representatives from the company with annual revenues of USD 91.1 billion, more than 300 000 employees, and a presence in more than 75 countries all around the globe.

The talk started off with a presentation that provided some interesting insights about the company by Mr. Colin Chong, Senior HR Manager at IBM Singapore. He took us through the history of IBM and shared with us a variety of details including the company’s focus on innovation, emphasis on diversity, and presence of opportunities to build a career. His extensive association with the company provided additional value to the information that we gained from his talk. Next to talk to us was Mr. Kris MacCabe, CFO, IBM Singapore. He has also been associated with IBM for a long time and had valuable details like the PC division sale, importance of an integrated value system and focus areas in business to share with us.

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AXA Company Talk

The AXA Careers Talk organised by the Career Services Office took place at NUS Business School on 19 October 2006.

AXA Global visited the NUS campus on 19th October to share details about its Management Associate program. The AXA team was represented by Gary Harvey (CEO, AXA Wealth Management), Shirley (Head of HR, AXA) and some senior managers of AXA, MA program.

AXA is a global leader in financial protection. Ranked 15th in the Fortune Global 500 survey of the worlds largest corporations. The AXA team spoke about the history of AXA, the nature of work done by the firm and how AXA is spreading its wings across Asia Pacific.

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Think Global, Act Local

‘Think Global Act Local’? At a Roundtable Discussion at NUS Guild House on 10 October 2006, P&G and NUS MBA representatives explored the implications of the phrase for multinationals.

Which company has a history of 170 years, markets almost 300 products (22 of which makes more than a billion dollar in sales each year) to more than 5 billion consumers in over 140 countries with annual sales exceeding USD$50 billion?

Which company owns the following brands – Pampers, Pringles, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Olay, Tide, Ariel, Gillette, Braun, Duracell, Oral-B and Wella (this list is far from exhaustive)?

Which is the only Blue Ribbon Company to appear on 7 Fortune Lists in 2004?

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Networking Event

On 28 September 2006 students and company representatives from multiple sectors mingled at an NUS MBA networking session at Chijmes Hall, Singapore.

On a bright Thursday noon, the MBA cohort gathered in the Chijmes Hall on the famous Victoria Street in Singapore. The occasion was the much awaited “Networking Nite” with representatives of various companies from all around the world. It was an occasion to dress, talk about yourself and impress your future employers. More than 30 companies were present during the event and nearly 50 MBA students and many more BBA students were there to interact with the professionals from these companies. The event was jointly organized by MBA and BBA Career Services Offices.

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Lehman Brothers – Exclusive for Women

Date: 27 September 2006
Venue: STI Auditorium, Robinson Road, Singapore

This was one only for the ladies!! The event was a “By Invitation” session just for the Business School female students and was organized by the Women Initiative Leading Lehman (WILL) network. The guest speaker for this event was Ms Catherine Lim, General Manager of Lehman Brothers Inc., Singapore Branch. This was a golden opportunity for us to mingle with senior executives from the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Divisions.

There were 10 female MBA students from NUS Business School who attended the talk. Catherine Lim spoke extensively on work culture at Lehman Brothers. She shared some of her memorable moments working in the firm. When asked about the life of an investment banker, she replied that one needs to be prepared and committed to this career because it involves a lot of hard work to succeed. She stressed on the fact that ‘if you don’t enjoy what you do, you will never perform in the workplace’. The session was helpful as we got the female perspective of career in investment banking. The session concluded with briefing on application process for the summer internship.

Aarti Bhatia
Class of 2008