“To be limitless is to step out of your comfort zone.”
Procurement Manager, BOC Aviation
Executive Master in Finance 2018
In three sentences or less, could you tell us a little more about yourself?
I am South Korean, living in Singapore since 2014. I am currently working as Procurement Manager for an aircraft leasing company after graduating from the INSEAD Master in Finance in 2018. I also took painting as a serious hobby, and my work is represented by a Singaporean art gallery since 2017.
Any fun facts?
Rollerblading was my lifesaver during the Singapore lockdown, but it also taught me eventful lessons to realise that I am not a 10-year-old anymore!
Why did you choose INSEAD, and what makes the EMFin different from other Masters in Finance?
What I particularly liked about the programme was the structure, and that it also included courses on leadership and entrepreneurship which help students to gain a C-level view on organisations.
From the leadership course especially, I thoroughly understood what type of person I am, which also helped me to plan my career path after graduation.
Can you describe your INSEAD Experience?
The early modules not only build strong academic knowledge but also help students to apply them directly to work by digesting every session with various case studies and team projects.
Later modules bring fully-equipped students to the advanced level, tackling complex cases with the skills and knowledge gained from earlier modules. I was amazed by how everything I learnt earlier fits harmoniously in later modules.
What is one important lesson you learnt from INSEAD?
My background was in Law and I had to start with learning basic terms in Finance, which gave me a tough time catching up on the fast-paced lectures in the foundation modules. Luckily I had great classmates who always encouraged me whenever I made progress, either big or small - giving me a strong motivation to push myself to move to the next level.
By the time I graduated, I was able to fully understand the ‘language’ and engage in projects with confidence. One of the important lessons I learnt from INSEAD is that I should always be open to challenge and see it as an opportunity to explore myself and further my potential.
How has your career changed since INSEAD?
I had been working in the reinsurance industry for almost five years before INSEAD. After graduation, I joined the aircraft leasing industry where I have been able to utilise both my backgrounds in Law and Finance. It was a big change in my career path and I am very proud of this achievement.
How did you juggle studies, work and personal time during your time at INSEAD?
I am a morning person, so I tried to finish important tasks in the morning as much as possible. I also tried to do a quick review after each class especially during the foundation modules, which saved me a lot of time when I was preparing for exams.
Even though we all had tight deadlines for each project, we managed to have occasional dinners and gatherings. I have particularly great memories of our module in Fontainebleau!
What can you talk all day about?
Values in life and how to keep balance. I have observed how the weightage of values has changed in the different stages of my life so far. As we are exposed to massive information flooding towards us every day, we can easily get carried away by ‘noise’ which might distract us from keeping our own balance.
As different people have different views, I like sharing my views with friends on what we should value in our lives and how to maintain balance. These discussions inspire and motivate me to stay aware.
What is your greatest fear?
To live without motivation for life.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What does it mean to you to be Limitless?
Not to lose belief in myself.