Many senior executives embark on an Executive MBA (EMBA) programme to hone their leadership skills and explore new opportunities as they re-evaluate their career path. As an EMBA is a huge investment of time and money, one would ensure that it is well worth it and eventually lead to a fulfilling career moving forward.
I’m very fortunate to have found my purpose and passion, and make them my profession.
I was keen to expand my speciality at that time, which was sales – sales in China to be more specific.
When I face some troubles or if there is something I want to check around, the first thing that comes into my mind is to drop a message to my classmates.
It's very important to understand what is your role as an individual in the bigger system of things.
It has been three weeks into the start of my TIEMBA programme journey and here I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms following an intense 1.5 weeks of adrenaline-packed, intellectually stimulating flurry of activities, discussion and experience sharing. I still occasionally dream of class discussions and even competing again in the TechMark competition (where teams within the class compete with each other to design, produce and market products for global markets). Not sure if any of my classmates experienced the above.
Imagine yourself lying on the beach on a hot summer day: you are comfortable, and you could spend the whole day like that. But then there’s this endless ocean right next to you – inviting but somewhat scary – where you can swim, dive, surf and do other exciting things. So, you carefully approach it and try the water with your feet – it’s wet, chilly and uncomfortable. Five steps further you are waist-deep in the water and that’s when it gets really cold, and you think of going back to lying under the sun for the rest of the day.
When I was packing my luggage and flying back from Beijing in September, I realised how fast time flies. It is already three months and three modules into the TIEMBA programme. Before long, our class will be finishing the last module, defending a thesis and graduating from a high-ranking EMBA programme.
The Tsinghua – INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is a unique partnership between INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools, and Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities. The programme takes place across INSEAD’s three campuses in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Fontainebleau (France), and Tsinghua’s campuses in Beijing and Shenzhen. As a participant, you will exchange perspectives within an elite, dynamic, culturally diverse class of experienced professionals from all over the world.
It was the best decision of my professional life and a very rewarding journey for my personal development and growth.