Learn to become expert handling crisis
No Jae-hak, 35, is now spending his second semester in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School. Before joining the 16-month MBA program in August 2011, he worked for Citibank Korea for six years. He got his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Yonsei University in 2005. He seeks to become a global finance expert after graduation
Why did you decide to take an MBA course?
I decided to upgrade myself to a global finance expert with rich knowledge about finance products as well as insight into the global market. Following the global crisis triggered by the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown, I realized that there were not many global finance talents at Korean banks. So I made my mind to pursue an MBA program to enrich professional knowledge required for risk analysis on financial derivatives and other diverse financial products offered to corporate clients.
Why did you choose HKUST?
I found out that the program fits my future career plan. I could learn in-depth knowledge about finance from HKUST Business School which has world-renowned faculty members, such as professor Larry Franklin. I also wanted to build global network through the school, which is based in Hong Kong, one of the global financial centers.
What is special about HKUST MBA?
First, you can acquire in-depth knowledge about doing business in China, as well as in global markets. Second, HKUST offers a range of field trip opportunities, including company visits, networking events and cultural activities in Asia-Pacific regions. Throughout these activities, students have glimpse to the actual business landscape and get opportunities to build relationships with business leaders.
Do you think that the course will help you achieve your goal?
Yes. I believe that the analytic and management skills acquired at the program will help me move forward to my future goal. Besides, the network with business leaders which I have built during the course will enable me to prepare for starting the new career in Asia. The course has a lot of opportunities to meet current business leaders through career events and alumni network.
What is good about studying in Hong Kong as a Korean?
Because a lot of people here are interested in Korean culture and Korean firms, it is good to build social relationships. I don’t have to let foreigners know about Korea any more. I expect Korea’s good national brand here to help me find a job after graduation.
What is your goal after graduation?
My goal is to find a job at one of major global banks in Asia and play a crucial role in developing the Korean finance industry to a global level. I want to help Korean local banks to tap into Asian markets and to compete with global players from advanced economies.
Interview by Kwon Eun-young