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

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

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

New career plans for the new year

As January approaches, this is the time of the year to reflect and take stock of the work done in 2013, while planning for 2014. Instead of chewing your pencil over your career resolutions for the upcoming new year, do consider our multiple-choice question. There is no wrong answer.

 

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Click for a rest and progress

Looking back on a year of MBA excitement and eager blogging, we noticed that our bloggers talked about their decision to pursue an MBA at NUS as if they were watching their careers on television. Some wanted a pause from the intensity of work; others saw it as a fast-forward button.

So which is it, we asked ourselves. Well, we realised that an MBA is a chance to take a break, as well as an opportunity to boost career growth. This makes it analogous to a television remote controller for your career – you decide what you want for the present and the future. So if your answer was (A), (B), or (C), consider pursuing an MBA. But if it was (D), do share your thoughts by commenting below.

Here are some of the thoughts of NUS MBA candidates.

Charisse Rossielin Cruz on an epiphany induced by a movie and her MBA studies:

After so many years in the workforce, I felt the need to hit the pause button, take a step back and just breathe. I did. So here I am, taking a step back. And breathing. And reading several textbooks and cases. And writing several project reports. And studying for several exams. And yes, still breathing.

Celena Yew on moving to Singapore and completing a part-time MBA while working at McKinsey:

With only 3.5 years of working experience before starting my MBA course, I considered myself still relatively inexperienced but the burning desire to conquer the corporate world was very strong. … I was not satisfied with just working, I wanted a more fulfilling life. …
Working and studying part-time for an MBA, I became a tougher person and I believe even my productivity level took a quantum leap!

Need more reasons to consider an MBA? See what The Economist has to say. We’ve also got 10 more reasons for you on the NUS MBA website.

Bonus: Read about NUS-HEC MBA alumnus Jason Lim, who moved from the public sector into the high-flying world of corporate finance after his MBA.