Undergrads Excel in International Competitions

One of the perks of working in a school environment, is the vibrancy and energy , because of the students on campus. In our corporate communications department, we receive many university and school news everyday. But one of the most delighting news is always hearing about our students win in the national and international competition – and there are many of them!

Recently, our undergraduate students had some noteworthy accomplishments. Our  BBA student, Marc Chan, won the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, held from 25 to 30 August.

The Maybank Go Ahead Challenge, which is now in its second year, is a multi-disciplinary business
talent competition open to recent graduates and final-year university students, testing their business acumen, problem-solving skills, mathematical ability, and their capacity to work in high-pressure environments. Some 16 candidates were selected from more than 2,700 applicants from across Malaysia to go through to the grand finale where they competed with participants from  10 countries and territories, including  Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China and the UK.

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Top 5 Job-Search Tips After Graduation

A guest post from Jonathan Kwan, an external career consultant to NUS Business School & an expert career coach:

If you have finished your MBA or undergraduate degree and haven’t yet secured a job, there’s probably a good reason for that. You were focused on your studies and getting good grades.  You were leading a club and wanted the handover to your juniors to be smooth.  Or you were just having too good of a time and never wanted to leave…Right?

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  And the reality is that you may have simply been too picky during campus recruiting, didn’t know what you wanted, or weren’t as focused as your peers in the job search process.  So, here are a few tips to get you going.

1. Know What You Want

There are many people you will meet along the way that genuinely would love to help you, but if you simply “just want a job, any job”, you’re not making it easy for them.  Having a specific goal in mind, or even a few options, and being able to articulate why (i.e. your motivation), are extremely important steps in the job search process.  Not only will friends, family and acquaintance be better equipped to point you in the right direction, when you do meet someone in your target field, you will be able to make a great first impression. Continue reading

Rag & Flag 2013 Celebration

Thousands of students thronged to NUS University Town, more popularly known as ‘UTown,’ during this year’s Rag and Flag event on August 7, 2013. As we wrote earlier, Rag and Flag is an important event for our business school community, as one of the biggest charity events in orientation every year.

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How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

Top 12 Tips for NUS Biz Freshmen

August is always a happy and busy time on our campus – it’s the time when we welcome a new batch of graduate and under graduate students.

As our Freshmen gear up for the school year, here’s a great infographic from Boundless, about how best to spend time on campus.

A warm welcome everyone, from the entire NUS Biz School community!

12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs [Infographic]

Rag & Flag 2013: Teamwork at its Finest

There are social events. There are team-building events. And then there are events that take the best of both and showcase excellent teamwork.  Rag & Flag is one such annual event at NUS.

The entire NUS community is looking forward to Rag & Flag 2013 and we believe this is the perfect time to reveal some never-seen-or-heard-before secrets about the upcoming NUS Biz Rag & Flag 2013. Here’s a complete rundown:

Little bit of history: What is Rag & Flag?

Organized by National University of Singapore Student Union (NUSSU), Rag and Flag is an annual charity event that is a highlight of NUSSU Freshmen Orientation Programme to help the new, incoming undergraduates students integrate into the NUS community. It comprises of two parts: students taking to the streets asking the public for donations on Flag Day (by selling flags) and, subsequently, a procession of thematic floats and performances on university grounds on Rag Day.

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What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA

Consider this scenario:  You’re a final year MBA student attending an important networking session organized by potential recruiters from a company you’re aspiring to join soon. You prepare yourself, carry your business cards, dress your best and attend the networking session only to find out that there are over 50 other peers at the event who are also vying for the same two minutes of face-time with the recruiters and eventually the job you are aspiring for. How do you make a lasting impression on the recruiter when it’s your turn?

Sounds familiar?  Haven’t we all gone through these kinds of social, critical moments when we don’t know what to do? Those awkward pauses in business conversations when we wished we had said something? Or those countless business meetings or lunches when we missed an opportunity to make our points effectively and regretted later?

This is the kind of stuff that most MBA programmes don’t teach us – and we’re being told that either we know it or we don’t –or we cannot learn it.  Known as management communications, it is the communications skill that is linked to almost all outcomes we desire from an MBA degree – getting that first job, making an impact in a new job, influencing negotiations, becoming an influential leader and achieving our goals. Yet, how many of the top global MBA programmes have management communications as a part of core curriculum? Continue reading

Meet the very first graduate of the NUS MBA Double Degree with Yale University

It is not every day that you get to be the very first graduate of a new program – that is truly one milestone graduation!

michael tiopanMeet Michael Tiopan, the first graduate from the Yale University School of Management (SOM) Master of Advanced Management (MAM). This programme is the latest addition to NUS Business School’s suite of Double Degree programs.

Michael completed his MBA from NUS Business School, and MAM from Yale University School of Management. He is the first graduate representing NUS Business School, among the Yale MAM graduates.

What is so unique about this program and why did Michael enroll in it? We sat down with him to find out this and more. Below are some excerpts of the interview: Continue reading

Reflections about Commencement 2013

Our Director of Graduate Studies and the NUS-Peking University Double-degree MBA alumni Chua-Nan Sze, Marie Antonie, shares her reflections about Commencement 2013:

Commencement 2013 is just round the corner and it entails a busy and exciting time for all of us at the School. It is, after all, that one time of the year when we all come together, to celebrate the achievements of our students, the support that their families have provided to them and the memories we create together to help our students attain an important milestone of their lives.

The graduating class of 2013 will remain a very special cohort in my life – the first official cohort I welcomed & saw through as Director of the NUS MBA program. I will remember most of the students fondly when I will look through the memories captured in the annual student Yearbook many years later and I look forward to receiving updates about the exciting happenings in these students’ lives through Facebook & LinkedIn.

 

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