Carla Manantan

Carla Manantan

Home country:
Philippines
Industry Background:
Real Estate
Cohort
2020
Overview:
Hear our full-time MBA student Carla's insights on her experience in Japan, at GLOBIS University

What is your professional background?

Prior to coming to Japan, I have been working in the real estate industry for the past six years. With some partners, I run a boutique real estate brokerage based out of Bonifacio Global City, catering mostly to ex-pat clients from across the globe.

What made you decide to do an MBA? Why the GLOBIS MBA?

I realized that in order to grow my organization, my own capacities had to grow as well. I attended an info session in Manila where President Hori came to talk and he discussed the Kokorozashi, which is unique to GLOBIS.

I’ve always been driven by purpose and I just felt that this school was a match for me.

When COVID-19 hit, did you doubt your decision? Why did you still push through with your plans?

When COVID-19 hit, I never doubted my decision. There were delays and obstacles, but these things made my eagerness to come to Japan grow even more. The full-time cohort’s start dates changed and we were shifted online for the first half of our studies, but I considered this as part of our being trained as leaders, where we have to lead and navigate through uncertainty.

What does a typical day as an MBA student look like?

Our MBA student life is busy, we have full classes three times a week and the other days are for reading cases and finishing up pre-assignments. Some classes have group work, so we also get together via Zoom after class.

What advice would you give to potential prospects who are interested in taking the GLOBIS MBA/Pre-MBA?

If you’re looking for a sign of whether you should do an MBA or not, this is it. Just two months into our MBA program and having only taken the Essential classes (Essentials of Accounting, Essentials of Finance, and Essentials of Marketing and Strategy), I felt like I had already grown considerably. Doing an MBA broadens your perspective.

Focus on your big picture and your purpose of what you want to get out of an MBA. The amount of work can get overwhelming so you must manage your time well and prioritize. Most of all, enjoy every moment because it goes by quickly!