Why did you decide to do an MBA at GLOBIS?
Joining GLOBIS was about exposure for me. I have spent my career focused in International Human Resources — the beauty of my experience is that I was able to work with people from all over the world, but I found that there is often a gap between the HR operations and the strategy of the company. As a result, I thought that joining GLOBIS would be a great opportunity to gain a broader exposure to the various functions within the business and a way for me to bring strategy to the field of Human Resources.
Plus, I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to study in Japan as I am getting to learn first hand about Japan and Asian companies that I otherwise may not have had exposure to in the US classroom.
How is your typical day at GLOBIS?
I had a high-school teacher that always said:“don’t anticipate, participate.” I think that this is the best way to sum up a day at GLOBIS. The best way to learn is from preparing for class and jumping into the mix of the class discussion or group work. The blend of different backgrounds — both career experience and culturally with 17 different countries — makes for a continuous learning process.
How has GLOBIS changed the way you think?
GLOBIS has encouraged me to be generally more curious and creative about how I see the world and how I plan to approach business in the future. The classroom being centered around group discussion challenges you to form opinions and think about the case work we are studying from all angles — relying on what you have experienced in your own career and what we are learning through the course materials.
I noticed that my course work was seeping beyond the classroom and into my daily activities when I started watching Youtube videos of venture capitalists on strategy and advice on my morning train-commute.
I am excited about my new curiosities and think that it will be helpful whether I start my own business or if I bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the corporate environment.
How are you finding life in Japan?
Although, I had been living in Japan prior to starting GLOBIS, I find life here to be really rewarding as it has taught me a lot about my own culture and an endless amount about Japanese culture.
I would recommend to anyone living or considering living in Japan to take every experience possible. I have found that taking on experiences that I would have not considered before — like teaching English — have made the most impact on me. Through my students I actually found that I was learning about Japanese culture in first hand stories of someone that really wanted to share with me — like I was family.
What are your career plans? How is GLOBIS helping with them?
At GLOBIS, we have spent time considering our future through our personal mission. Developing my personal mission was a way to gain a clearer picture on how to achieve my career goal of helping companies manage the complexities of global business.
I see the first step starting with my internship program this summer. I am very thankful for the support that I received at GLOBIS through career services. The opportunity to work in a Japanese company will help understand the challenges of globalization in a new way.
What advice would you give to people considering studying at GLOBIS?
Listen to that part of you that is considering an MBA.
It is hard work and a true commitment but it comes with a lifelong experience, network of friends and professionals, and an invaluable education.