Mitsunori Kishimoto

  • Japan
Program year:
  • 2020
  • Japan
  • Banking industry
What made you choose the GLOBIS MBA?

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but was unsure what kind of business I wanted to do. And I didn’t have the skillset to launch a startup. So I began to think about an MBA. I chose GLOBIS because of its diverse culture, as well as the G-CHALLENGE, a business contest that awards startup funds.

Before joining GLOBIS, I stuck to the work I was assigned. However, internally, I wanted to lead and bring positive change to society. I started to think, “What can I do? What do I want? What skills do I have or need?” But I didn’t have a clear answer.

I’d heard of the GLOBIS MBA, so I joined two trial classes: one in Japanese, and the other in English. I was so impressed with the atmosphere of the English class because the discussion was diverse and active.

I was worried about my English level because I had no experience living or working abroad. But I decided to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I was pretty sure this challenge would be life changing.”

How did GLOBIS help you achieve personal and professional changes?

Through the Entrepreneurial Leadership course, I solidified my kokorozashi and what I want to achieve in life. That has become my compass to make any decision. Thanks to the GLOBIS MBA, I obtained the necessary skills, mindset, and supportive network to start a business.

How did you network as an online student?

“One of the most important benefits of an MBA is networking with other students. After on-campus classes, my classmates and I always went for drinks to bond. However, there were fewer opportunities like that for online students, so I decided to organize social gatherings and study sessions for all the online courses I attended. It really worked. Many students and lecturers had wanted more opportunities to socialize–they just needed an organizer.

Whether it was on campus or online, I got to know my classmates better outside of class and created lifelong friendships.”

What are your favorite memories as a student?

“My favorite memory is the experience of being a G-CHALLENGE finalist. When I joined GLOBIS, I set a goal to win the G-CHALLENGE and start a new business. On my first try, I only made it to the pre-screening stage, so the second time I applied, I prepared a lot. My kokorozashi vision and business idea guided the way I organized my team. I talked to many students, including GLOBIS’s Japanese MBA students, and organized a business plan with a team of eight people. We had a lot of support from the diverse GLOBIS community. If I wanted to know more about a certain industry, I was able to find almost anyone I was looking for.

We eventually made it to the finals. In the end, my team didn’t win, but the experience made all of us more confident.”