While enrolling in an MBA programme was an easy choice, choosing which MBA was more difficult. Having been selected by some top schools across India, Asia and USA, I decided to do my MBA at HKU. This was the best decision I could have ever made. Not only did I gain extensive academic knowledge from the faculty at both HKU and LBS, I also learnt enormously from my fellow classmates. Having people come from diverse sectors, ranging from government services to the field of law, helped me gain sundry perspectives on their backgrounds. Additionally, being part of a small class of just over 50 people, I was able to form close bonds with my classmates, which I feel will go beyond just the classroom.
Prior to the MBA, I worked in different functions and different industries viz. food and beverage, information technology and real estate services. With this experience, I realised that I wanted to be part of a job which would give me access to multiple industries and hence I wanted to get into the field of consulting. To this end, the HKU MBA provided the perfect platform from which to achieve my objectives. I opted for strategy based courses such as Management Consulting at HKU MBA and Advanced Competitive Strategy at LBS which helped shape my way of thinking into a more structured form.
Further, being part of the consulting club gave me the opportunity to exercise what I learned in class on two different live projects. I was part of the team which created a market entry strategy for one of the biggest transportation service providers and was also involved in creating a marketing plan for a start-up. Moreover, I took this learning beyond HKU and was involved in a student competition where we had to develop the business lab for the world’s largest recycling company. We were placed second in this competition and got the cash prize of USD2,000!
With the MBA completed, I enter my next phase of life with mixed feelings. While I am excited to be part of a magnificent organisation such as Infosys Consulting Hong Kong (previously known as Lodestone Management Consulting), I will definitely miss the classroom banter and jokes!