Suzette De Leon

  • Philippines
Program year:
  • 2018
  • Japan
  • Strategic Finance Department, Shiseido Co., LTD
What made you choose the GLOBIS MBA?

“I’ve always wanted to pursue an MBA, but I held off until I had a few years of work experience for two reasons: I wanted to ensure the concepts would be meaningful for me, and I wanted to help enrich class discussions.

Before getting my MBA, I was working in the banking industry, but I wanted to understand business with a more holistic view and find more opportunities for my career.

I chose the GLOBIS MBA because of its practical skills approach. Classes are based on case discussion, rather than academic theories. Additionally, the Full-time MBA program can be completed in just one year. That appealed to me because I didn’t want to be out of the workforce for too long. “

How did you build your social life after moving to Japan?

GLOBIS has a huge, growing community to rely on. I fostered a lot of friendships with other students and alumni. This also led to relationships outside of the GLOBIS study environment–introductions through new friends and club activities like badminton, traveling, etc.

What is your most memorable moment as a student?

“It has been almost four years since I graduated from GLOBIS, but I can still vividly recall interactions with my classmates, both inside and outside of class. After an active, mentally stimulating discussion, we would usually go out to eat, recharge, and talk. I look back fondly on those memories now.

I was also fortunate to join a competition with other MBA schools in Japan. It was a great experience to apply what we learned at GLOBIS and meet other MBA students from across the country.”

How did GLOBIS help you achieve personal and professional changes?

“I have been living in Tokyo for almost five years now. That, in itself, has been a great, rewarding experience. But thanks to GLOBIS, I have met a lot of people that I now consider my second family.

I’ve also been working in my dream industry and company since graduating GLOBIS in 2019. The GLOBIS MBA helped open unique opportunities for me, and I’m very grateful for that. “