Transitioning into the corporate world feels daunting and exciting at the same time. Recent BBA graduate Choi Fong Wa looks back on her time in NUS Business School and shares her most memorable experiences and learning moments that will no doubt help shape her career for a long time.
Orientation back when Fong Wa (centre) was a freshie
At the peak for Rag & Flag
I recently graduated in December 2016 after 4 years in NUS Business School where I majored in Marketing. I was offered a Management Trainee role in Kraft Heinz Company in August 2016 before I graduated and have since started working here in January 2017.
Being away from home is never an easy move. Especially if you’re flying almost halfway around the world, and having to attend classes with practically strangers. However, you’re never a stranger for too long when you’re Singapore, and everyone bonds over food.
With final exams looming and the semester coming to an end, Outside-in caught up with Amber Deltgen of Wisconsin School of Business and Ashley Herr of The University of Texas at Austin, as they share their experiences in and around NUS Business School and Singapore.
Alum Liao Shuangwei (class of 2014) sheds some light on the world of banking as a student transitioning into the corporate world.
Shuangwei (left) at her Commencement ceremony
Upon graduation, I joined Citibank as a Management Associate. This position gave me the privilege to explore a new role every 6 months. Over the past 2 years, I have completed stints with Compliance, Collections (Credit Operations), FX Corporate Sales (Global Markets) and Investment Products (Wealth Management). Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve been managing sales as a Citigold Relationship Manager. The exposure from each different role has been nothing short of fulfilling.
Critical, passionate and a team player is how Ling Xin Yi describes herself. For the Year 4 BAC Student, whose goal is to pursue a career in Financial Planning and Analysis, these are traits that she’s developed and honed at NUS Business School.
XinYi’s (right) first day on the Student Exchange Programme, all the way at the other end of the world, in the very very cold Montreal, Canada
As a person who’s always been interested in numbers and how they affect business decisions, the decision to pursue an accountancy degree with a specialisation in Finance was a natural one.
BBA Year 3 Sharyn C. Poerwanto specialising in Finance and Management tells us why she chose to study in NUS Business School and what she has come to love so far during her time here.
Sharyn (centre in green) and the NUS team at the Champions Trophy in Auckland for its 10th year Anniversary
The vibrancy of campus life and the opportunities it affords was one of the reasons Sean Ling was drawn to NUS Business School. For the recent graduate, his University life involved more than studying and included a wide assortment of activities and orientation programmes available to get the complete, holistic, university experience.
Behind-the-scenes with the international ambassadors of the UOB-NUS International Case Competition 2016
BBA Year 4 Albert Ho, specialising in both in Operations and Finance while also being part of the University Scholars Programme (USP), tells us what his key takeaways are, over the past 4 years, from NUS Business School.
Albert serving his internship stint at Dymon Asia Capital, focusing on venture capital technology investments
At NUS Business School, learning takes place inside and outside of the classroom. As part of their year one BBA programme in marketing, students take part in a range of company visits to get hands on experience.
BBA Year 1 Wayne Tan, who is also currently reading the U-town College program in Tembusu, recently visited the Facebook office where students learnt what it meant to be “great marketers”.
In front of the popular Merlion mural at the Facebook office
Visiting the Facebook office is one example of what NUS Business School means by having a “rigorous” curriculum. To further enhance our learning, our professors facilitate such corporate visits as part of our out-of-classroom learning. This helps to bridge concepts and real world applications, allowing us to see the use of what we learn, and how it can actually be applied in the working world. Concepts are always substantiated with examples to demonstrate its applicability.
Being awarded a bursary can drastically improve a student’s financial situation, allowing them to concentrate on pursuing their academic interests and school activities with minimal worry. Outside-in speaks to a recent Peh Chin Hua Bursary award recipient, BBA Year 3 Chong Kia Wei, where he reunites with the same benefactor 17 years later.
Chong Kia Wei, recipient of the Peh Chin Hua Bursary this year, together with donor Mr Peh Chin Hua (right)
BBA Year 1 Dylan Chong shares briefly on a recent roundtable discussion with Morgan Stanley Singapore’s CEO – Mr Ronald Ong.