Trevor Homer, 36, is from New Brunswick, Canada. He started his Executive MBA (EMBA) at Sungkyunkwan Global School of Business (SKK GSB) in August, 2011. He has been working overseas as a metro systems site manager for Thales Rail Signalling Solutions for eight years in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Korea.
Why did you decide to take an MBA course?
Trevor Homer, right, an Executive MBA student at Sungkyunkwan University, poses in front of Capitol Hill with fellow students during a field trip to Washington D.C., the U.S., in this Aug. 8 photo. / Courtesy of Trevor Homer
I decided to take my MBA to improve my understanding of the business world which will add value to my work experience. Another reason was to better prepare me to adapt to fast changing working environments such as downturns in the economy and changes in technology.
Why did you choose Korea?
In 2010, I was living in Shanghai and was notified that I would be reassigned to Korea to work on the Sin Bundang Line in 2011. I wanted to study while working so I choose to enroll in SKK.
What is special about SKK GSB?
SKK GSB was established in 2004 and is the first international MBA program in Korea. The program provides a unique dual degree from SKK GSB and Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. All lectures are taught in English from teachers who have extensive working experience.
What is the difference between Canada and Korea in terms of MBA programs?
Korean students are very strong at studying especially the ones in the MBA program. To meet the student’s needs, our program has included a focus on group work and speaking in English. In a Canadian University there would be less focus on the English speaking skills.
Is there any special activity that the school provides?
My favorite activity was the leadership and team building lecture in Bloomington Indiana. The lecture was taught by training us how to scull and by discussing the process of creating a high performance team. Each step in the process was reviewed and explained as we created our teams and competed against each other. This was a unique method of teaching which ensured that we understood the process of building high performance teams. These new skills are very helpful in today’s competitive business world.
Who is your favorite professor?
It’s hard to pick one professor over another because they all have been very good. The one course I enjoyed a lot was by Professor Brenda Bailey-Hughes. She is a fantastic presenter and kept the whole class engaged. I learned a lot from her about public speaking and effective communication in a short time. By the end of the course I was able to really understand where I needed to improve and how to do it.
What did you like the most in the lecture?
Brenda’s lecture was very helpful to identify the key components of public speaking by providing a breakdown of the process. I also really enjoyed performing speeches, then having the class and the teacher evaluate me and provide feedback. This was a fast way to improve my confidence and speaking skills.
What did you learn from the course?
I learned the importance of being an effective communicator and how without these skills it will be difficult to succeed in the business world. My only wish is that I had taken this course 10 years ago.
What is your long-term goal?
My long term goal is to be a manager who makes a positive difference in the working environment by leading our company teams to success. I believe successful managers are able to relate to people in all working environments by understanding the challenges they face and helping to remove them.
Do you think the MBA course was helpful to achieve your goal?
An MBA is essential to achieving my goals in understanding the foundations of successful businesses by studying past successes, and learning how to apply them in modern day business. By studying at SKK GSB I am learning from other successful students who have similar interests and career goals. Also, this course has helped me get closer to achieving my goal by teaching me the process and importance of communicating effectively.