Robe Ann Paccial
Why did you decide to do an MBA at GLOBIS?
Finding the right MBA school is not an easy decision. To me, it is not just about the name of the school nor its location. It is also about assessing if the curriculum and learning environment of the school fits you. I decided to take my MBA in GLOBIS because of its strong management and entrepreneurial curriculum. I also believe that the quality of learning will be driven by the class so I also looked at the diversity profile in terms of culture and age. GLOBIS prides itself with such diversity. You may have heard this many times but it is the Kokorazashi that sets GLOBIS apart. Only a GLOBIS student will understand how we are deeply rooted with our Kokorazashi (Personal mission).
How is your typical day at GLOBIS?
My day starts with grabbing a coffee in the nearest convenience store before heading to class. Classes usually start at 10:00 AM and almost every day except Wednesdays. GLOBIS is 100% case-study based learning. Each class usually lasts for three hours and at times you would have two subjects in a day. After class, we would usually hang out for group studies or to simply cap the day with a light conversation. The school is open until 10:00 PM so some students would prefer to do preparation assignments before heading home. I would say we try to balance the pressure from school by experiencing new things in Tokyo. Our batch would regularly schedule different activities such as watching baseball games, hiking, ramen hopping, and visiting museums.
How has GLOBIS changed the way you think?
GLOBIS has changed my way of thinking by challenging the status quo. It has challenged me to always view the other side of the coin. Our class is coming from 17 different countries. This strong diversity has given me an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.
How are you finding life in Japan?
Japan has been so good to me so far! The MBA is tough but I find learning new things really fun and interesting. I spend my free time going around Tokyo, trying out Japanese food, and learning Nihongo. Contrary to popular belief, going around Tokyo can be pretty affordable once you get the ins and outs. I would usually search over the net on free events or food expos. The change in seasons is one of the things I also look forward to every quarter. It is very refreshing to welcome a new season.
What are your career plans? How is GLOBIS helping with them?
I try to accumulate as many skills as I can to equip in a general management role. I plan to take on a more strategic and general management role after graduation. GLOBIS’ career services team has been very hands on in helping us get the internships that we want. They also provide us with opportunities to gain exposure in Japanese companies such as participations in the Corporate Training Programs.
What advice would you give to students considering studying at GLOBIS?
Choosing an MBA school is really a tough decision. The most effective way to learn more about the school is to do your own research. Try to participate in the info sessions, webinars or even trying to contact the alumni. If you are still contemplating on whether or not this is the right time to take your MBA, then Nelson Mandela’s quote might help you: “It always seems impossible until it is done”. Taking your MBA in GLOBIS is definitely one of the decisions you will never regret.