Why did you decide to do an MBA at GLOBIS?
Studying at GLOBIS was an easy choice for me. I was intrigued by the school’s unique approach of finding one's "kokorozashi"(personal mission), but more importantly I was impressed by how one can see this sense of personal mission brought to life through its founder who plays a very active role in Japanese society today.
I was also attracted by how the curriculum design promised a practical approach to learning through a 100% case-based approach, as well as having industry practitioners as lecturers. I believe that this was a good fit to my learning style.
How is your typical day at GLOBIS?
In true Tokyo fashion, life at GLOBIS is very fast-paced. I usually have a full day of classes from 10 to 5, but the classes are quite engaging so I don’t really feel that I’ve been in the classroom for that long. After class, we hang out in school or nearby to relax, or during peak times, we head right into group study sessions to pick our brains even further. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like a routine at all for me, because there’s something new and different to learn every day, both inside and outside of class.
How has GLOBIS changed the way you think?
Even more than 20 years after its establishment, the venture spirit is still so much alive here at GLOBIS. One of my favorite quotes from President Hori is to “believe in the possibilities.” GLOBIS has helped me realize the value of how far an entrepreneurial mindset can go, despite all the adversities and hardships that a leader may face.
How are you finding life in Japan?
I absolutely love Japan, and I think of every day that I spend here as a blessing. I’ve been to Japan a couple of times before, but there’s always something new to discover and something new to see and do here in Tokyo. While school life may be busy, life in Tokyo never really gets lonely because the place is always buzzing with energy and excitement. Tokyo seems to be perfect place where you can balance work, study, and play. Also, having 30 new friends from 17 different countries in class makes the experience so much more enjoyable!
What are your career plans? How is GLOBIS helping with them?
I believe that having an MBA degree would be a good jump-off point for me to try out other careers such as marketing, but at the same time allow me to use my experience in IT as a major contribution in business. A good opportunity to do this is through an internship, where the GLOBIS Career Team has been very helpful throughout the process. The team is very personal – they sit down with each student and try to understand our interests and professional goals whether within or outside of Japan. They also act as a bridge to a lot of professional connections to many key Japanese industry players, which is very valuable especially to those planning to work here in Japan after graduation.
What advice would you give to people considering studying at GLOBIS?
People often say that “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” but my GLOBIS experience of both enjoyable work and play has defied that. The same goes for my professional career where I am able to learn about both IT and business through the many interesting venture companies that we have discussed in class. If you are a go-getter who is up for a great challenge and an immersive experience in business, GLOBIS is definitely for you!