Graduates from MBA schools in Korea shared their experiences.
Choi Eun-pil(Professional MBA, Class of 2019, right in the picture) attended an MBA conference that was hosted by the Korea Economic Daily on Sep 26.
"I got rid of the thirst for professional knowledge through the MBA...I have a lot of connections after graduation."
Q) What made you to opt for an MBA?
A) Choi Eun-pil, Head of Kakao's Foreign Policy Department: I received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. However, the charge thrust upon me at work was predominantly related to business planning. For the last 11 years at work, I always yearned for an opportunity to learn more about management and strategy. Self-studying is, you know, not sufficient enough. This is why I chose the Professional MBA course at Sungkyunkwan University, where I can continue to work during the day and take classes at night.
Q) Do you think pursuing an MBA degree in Korea has put you at any disadvantage?
A) Choi Eun-pil: I did look into MBA courses overseas when I first thought about doing an MBA. However, it was not an easy decision to make, since it meant that I would have had to leave the company and go abroad to study for two years. Other issues, such as a career break and tuition, also played a significant role in my decision. I chose to do an MBA in Korea because it allowed me to study and work without having to worry about giving up either one. Until the early 2000s, I believe there was an unfounded admiration for overseas MBAs to a certain extent. However, the situation has now changed – Korean MBA programs have become a lot more competitive. I think that there is no reason to insist on pursuing an MBA degree overseas.
The full article(Korean): https://www.hankyung.com/society/article/2019093023001