Learning by doing

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” Aristotle said.

It is in that spirit that the NUS MBA programme launched the Management Practicum, a mandatory module for its MBA students. It is an extensive project that allows students to work with companies on their business challenges. Students get to use their management skills and apply concepts and theories acquired in the NUS MBA programme to real-life business dilemmas. Masana Takahashi, an NUS MBA student from the Class of 2014, advised Integrated International School, for his Management Practicum project. Here, he shares his thoughts on his experience.

Describe your management practicum experience in brief

  1. Management practicum involves hard work and teamwork, team discussions late into the night, number crunching, and running about for field research. The experience was tough, but there are lessons to be had from it.
  2. The more you devote your time and energy to the project, the more you will learn from it. The opposite is also true.
  3. If the client uses your ideas, they become a real strategy. If not, it is a good opportunity to learn about what worked and what didn’t from the project. In both instances, students will gain confidence and pride, as well as valuable lessons.
  4. Knowledge of yourself and your team members is crucial to the project’s success. A person cannot know everything there is to know, and is unable to do everything alone. All projects need teamwork. Think about how you can contribute. Continue reading

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

The seven hashtags of highly effective people

As in life, the only thing that is constant in the business arena is change. Here are seven hashtags, or tools, that highly effective people use in dealing with it in making career advances.

Seven hashtags of highly effective people

 #thoughtleadership

Vision and foresight have helped many good business leaders become great. An MBA programme reveals their way of thinking be it through classes, events held by companies, or study trips. Our Think Business website also offers a selection of videos of interviews with business leaders that provide such insights.

#careercred

Business credibility and career credentials are built on work experience, which can be accelerated. For instance, working on intense, demanding projects and case competitions may boost a person’s ability to add value to his or her next role. The story of NUS MBA alumnus Celena Yew is a case in point. Continue reading

Doing meaningful work with a dose of finance savvy

Despite doing well as a banking executive, Lynnette Wang Lingfang desired a socially rewarding career in healthcare. She says she’s found “the best of both worlds” in doing an MBA programme at NUS, given the business school’s consistently top global rankings and its tie-up with the university’s school of public health that would allow her to specialise in the sector.

Lynnette Wang Lingfang, Singaporean Part-time MBA Student. Class of 2015, Intake 2013

Lynnette Wang Lingfang, Singaporean Part-time MBA Student. Class of 2015, Intake 2013

Monetary incentives not the sole motivation

My career started after I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Singapore Management University. Like many of my peers aspiring to enter the banking industry, I was elated when I had the opportunity to join Citibank as a trade operations executive. Year 2008 was the onset of an economic downturn with the high-profile collapse of the Lehman Brothers company. With banks cutting jobs worldwide, I was glad I managed to secure that position. While work went on well, I started to reflect on what I really wanted to do as my long-term career. It became apparent to me that monetary incentives of the finance industry would not be the sole and main driver of my career; I wanted to do something that would be socially rewarding as well. Continue reading

Voices: I Chose a Singapore MBA – Marie Cheong’s MBA Story

Why did an overseas Singaporean pick a MBA in Singapore as her best option? This post is part of the NUS MBA Blog’s “Voices” series, where MBA candidates at NUS Business School share their personal stories.

NUS MBA in SingaporePhoto credit: Luca Sartoni

For Marie Ann Cheong Hui Fen, who worked with a multinational construction firm in the UK for 5 years, it was the relatively-small cohort size, impressive teaching staff, and the potential to contribute in the short- and long-run that motivated her decision. Read on for more about Marie’s experience flying the flag high for the NUS MBA on an international stage.

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