Featured Interview: A part-time path to achieving academic and career goals

To fulfill her career goals, Filipino expatriate Nerissa Camposano decided to pursue a part-time MBA programme at NUS Business School. She felt that would sharpen her skills in finance while applying what she has learnt to her work, and fast-track her career without losing touch with the corporate world. As she is self-financing her studies, the economic cost of a part-time programme would be easier to manage, she says. Ms Camposano also appreciates the support of her husband and colleagues, which she says is important.

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Nerissa Camposano
Part-time MBA Student

Tell us about yourself and your interests.

Prior to my part-time MBA, I worked in an international bank in London for three years. I was responsible for managing the credit risks of a portfolio of project finance and structured finance transactions. I have always wanted to move back to Asia, so I seized an opportunity to move to the risk team of a project and asset-backed finance company in Singapore. My company aims to act as a catalyst for Singaporean companies in the infrastructure and offshore marine sectors that are looking to expand internationally. It feels great to be part of achieving this overall purpose.

I love to travel. I lived in the Philippines and Indonesia when I was young and caught the bug early on. I tried to make the most out of my stay in Europe by travelling to a lot of cities in and around the continent. One of my most memorable experiences was getting to see the northern lights in Iceland. My next project is to travel around Asia with my husband. I also love to read and indulge in television-series marathons whenever I have free time. Continue reading

Back to school…

Student blogger Marie Cheong talks about making the transition from work to starting an MBA program at the NUS Business School. 

Hang on, a week ago I had a job and a nice paycheck…and today I’m back to school?

It’s hard to transition from the routine of a secure job to an intensive and challenging MBA program. Most of us moved to Singapore just over a month ago, some of us with spouses and families in tow, and are adjusting to our new city, coping with the hassles of finding a place to live and day to day logistics and discovering our own place in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, if not the world.

It hits you hard – day one was a big shock! Our first three hour seminar was about getting our next job (but, I just quit my job?) and day two was straight into two, three hour lectures. Yes, lectures are three hours – that is three hours of solid concentration without trips to the water cooler or frequent tea breaks and chit chat with your colleagues.

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Change: Closing a Chapter and Going back to Student Life

Full-time student Devmanyu Singh reflects on making the transition from work, and going back to student life as an NUS MBA.  

Not very long back I had been part of the arduous process of preparing for exams, short-listing b-schools, filling applications and writing those ‘why MBA?’ essays. Though I was through with most of the MBA admission interviews, and had even been accepted in some of the schools that I had applied to, I particularly remember the uncharacteristically laidback afternoon in early April in office. This was the day I got an email with the subject — “Congratulations! You have been given an admission offer for NUS MBA (August 2011 intake)”. Unable to react, I glanced nervously around my workstation and then stared hard at the computer screen—a bit overwhelmed and too confused to open the mail. Asian b-schools were the focus area of my first year of application, and NUS was the top school (in terms of strategic fit) to which I had applied.

Well, I did finally open the mail, and it slowly sank in that I had made it to the prestigious NUS MBA program! Along with the happiness of getting admitted to NUS and the excitement of living in the vibrant Singapore, a sense of loss and nostalgia also crept in. The familiar office where I was sitting, the colleagues who were congratulating me on my admission and the cheerful cook at home would slowly drift away into a fondly remembered part of my past. Many of the contacts on my cell phone would become alpha-numeric links to fading faces. This awkward mix of feelings brought with it an element of anxiety.

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Enjoying The NUS MBA Experience…

A part-time NUS MBA student shares her experience in adjusting to student life. 

“From tomorrow, Mama will be going to school too,” is that what I had told my puzzled 2 year old a few months ago. I showed her my backpack, she brought out hers, and we chuckled together…but at the back of my mind, I was nervous. I had not been in an academic setting in more than 8 years and the last time I had been a student things were much different– I had no filial responsibilities. This was not the first time I was getting out of my comfort zone, and I decided to give the best to and get the best out of the MBA experience.  While prioritizing time and activities will be vital to success; enjoying the journey will be most important.

When I reflect on my undergraduate years; I think of the friendships, on-campus jobs, mentors, student clubs, research-conferences, and internships which enriched my learning outside the classroom. I yearned for a similar student life experience through the MBA. With more than 36,000 students spanning over 100 countries, 70+ student clubs and several world class research centres, NUS offers unparalleled diversity in campus culture and opportunities.

Here is a glimpse of student life during the first two months at the NUS MBA –

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Memoirs of one who lived to tell the tale

  

NUS MBA student Kuruvilla Alexander blogs about his experience in school and how he lived to tell the tale. 

They say the first semester of an MBA program makes you wonder why you ever spent so much time and money in exchange for never ending assignments with unreasonable deadlines. While, the (not so old) working days, did demand similar kind of superhuman efforts, there was at least that one sole monthly credit entry in your bank account at the end of every month that you could look forward to and that kept you going.

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