My Cambridge MBA year – Yingyan Zoe Su (China) Summer 2019

My Cambridge MBA year – Yingyan Zoe Su (China) Summer 2019


During the Cambridge MBA year, we have been given many opportunities to receive feedback from peers, as well as lecturers, supervisors, and from this feedback I found out about aspects about myself that I haven’t considered
relevant to me before and that’s something that surprised me. Cambridge life has been
amazing because we’re not only confined in the CJBS area but
also the wider university, the wider Cambridge community, which has a very strong
focus in entrepreneurship, and this is one of the areas that I’ve been very interested in. And I’ve given opportunities
to interact with people from different disciplines,
science, engineering, and to be able to exchange
thoughts with them. From my experience last year, students were already
connecting with each other through social media once they
decided to go to Cambridge or once they received the offer, starting to organise things
that would enhance our learning in the MBA programme, so really be proactive in
seeking out these opportunities well before the start of the
actual classes in September. One of the secret, favourite
places that I enjoy is in the CJBS building which
is very secretly designed, I mean, in the sense that
the working spaces are scattered around the building, and there are surprises where you can find a cosy, little room that’s
in one of the corners of the building but you still have the connectivity to the business school but you have the serenity,
or the quiet place, that you can work on things in more depth. Coming from a finance background, I find one of the skills
that’s I’ve learned through the MBA curriculum is the Lean and Six Sigma thinking, which I have not been exposed to, but after learning about this, I find that I have a new understanding of how businesses run and
how to make a business lean and be able to control
the variety and production in terms of delivering a
consistent quality to customers and this is a new
methodology or a philosophy that I’ve acquired, that I
can see that myself using in the coming years. In my future career, I’m hoping to stay in the finance industry
for a short period of time, and then pursue my
entrepreneurship desire. I’ve had the opportunity to work with brilliant teammates, student cohort, and I’ve learned about teamwork skills and about what is currently
happening in the business world. Try your best to try out
as many things as possible, and then find out what you’re
really passionate about, and then pursue your passion
in a consistent manner throughout the rest of the MBA journey. This is also one of the benefits to having a classroom of friends
from different countries, of different culture, that can give you different
perspectives of yourself.

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