EMBA Alumni, Ms. Hye Young Hwang was featured in the Koren Economic Daily. Hye Young, Hwang EMBA'20 Full article on Korean Economic Daily: https://www.hankyung.com/society/article/2020101462801 Original interview: Indiana Kelley – SKK GSB Executive MBA course Hwang Hye Young (Class of 2020, CEO of AAM Co., Ltd.) Q) Can you introduce yourself, such as your current job and position? I was working as country manager of ‘Stratasys’, a global leading company in 3D printing solutions for many years. In 2019, when I was still taking Executive MBA, I established my company ‘AAM’, which specializes in additive manufacturing services, and am running the company currently. Q)Please introduce the ongoing MBA course or when you graduated? I graduated from the Indiana-Kelley – SKK GSB Executive MBA course in February 2020 . The Executive MBA course is jointly operated by Sungkyunkwan University's SKK GSB and Indiana University's Kelly School in the United States. This is a weekend EMBA course where professors from both schools jointly teach, all classes are taught in English, and when they graduate, they acquire both the MBA degree from Indiana University and the MBA from Sungkyunkwan University. Q)Why did you choose this MBA program over others? There were three big reasons that I choose the Executive MBA course at Sungkyunkwan University's SKK GSB. First of all, I always wanted to learn and become a leader who could work continuously to improve myself and make better business decisions. Although I've had a lot of business experience during nearly 20 years of working at a global IT company, I wanted to incorporate my new knowledge into management theory to be more organized, utilized, and more professional. That is the reason I decided that this MBA program was the complete process of achieving this at once. Also, I have been working for a multinational company for a long time and have always been interested in analyzing overseas business cases, and most of the Executive MBA courses are taught by foreign professors. The fact that the Kelly school’s faculty comes to Korea for lectures was very attractive to me. Finally, it was also appealing to be able to get an MBA degree from Indiana University, a prestigious business school in the U.S., by attending classes on weekends in Korea. Q)Do you think what you learned in the MBA program has actually helped in your current position? The EMBA courses and the 100% English lectures by the faculty of SKK GSB and Indiana University Kelly's School helped me acquire a broad view of the global market and an international level of professional management knowledge. In the Executive MBA course, there were many opportunities to learn and analyze current business cases in many areas, including leadership, organizational management, finance, marketing, data analysis, and strategy. Besides the class, I gained valuable knowledge to create business insights, not just to discuss and share experiences, but to acquire theories in the classroom with many of my colleagues who are professionals in various fields. At the end of the course, the 'Applied Business Project' was a team-based project that integrates everything we had learned for a year and a half. This actually served as an opportunity for me to realize my goal of starting a business. If I had not taken the MBA course, I wouldn't have been able to begin my business. Even though I have been a country manager for a long time, I often used what I learned at the EMBA course to run my own company. What I've learned in the EMBA program is actually helping me to build a more organized company in a more professional business environment. Q) What was the hardest part of taking the MBA course? Studying and working at the same time wasn't easy, but it was a really great achievement after finishing the course. I had a lot of overtime work due to jet lag due to a lot of collaboration with the head office, so I had to spend time studying between those times. Fortunately, it was a weekend course, and I decided to concentrate on my studies on the weekend, which worked out well for me. Q) Please give some advice to those who are thinking of joining the MBA program. I think it was a challenge and a worthwhile investment in myself. From this experience, I was able to gain a broad view of the world and a wide range of knowledge in various fields. The Executive MBA was a great way to get a good foundation for real-world management. Above all, the synergy created by my 20 years of business experience and the knowledge gained from the EMBA program was a big boost to my new life and starting my business with confidence.
Alexander Pease, whose work experience before coming to SKK GSB includes the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, is now the newly elected vice-president for the Full-time MBA Class of 2022. He shares the exciting story of his life and talks about his plans as FMBA class vice-president. Q)Where are you from, and where did you grow up? I am from western New York. I grew up nearby Niagara Falls and Buffalo along Lake Ontario. My hometown is located close to the Canadian border, where you can see a great view of the Toronto skyline! Q)Any interesting and fun facts you want to share with us? My hometown is in a rural area, and I grew up on a small farm. Country life was all I knew until I moved to Seoul in 2016. Since then, I have lived in Korea for the majority of the last four years. Q)What was your major in your undergraduate college? Did you always want to go to business school? My undergraduate major was international business management, with a minor in international studies. Going to business school was always in my mind. I had seen successful business people growing up, and I wanted to become like them one day. Pursuing an MBA felt like the next step to pursue that goal. Q)Why did you choose to pursue an MBA degree in Korea? I was an exchange student at Myongji University for about 14 months from 2016 to 2017. During my exchange program, I gained unforgettable experiences thanks to the people I met, the places I visited, and the things I did. After that, Korea felt like a second home, and Korean culture was, at times, more natural for me than American culture. After completing an internship at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, I made up my mind to pursue Korean as my second language. In the years since then, I have felt that earning an MBA degree in Korea would be the best stepping stone for me to build a successful career here. Q)What drew you to SKK GSB? What was the key part of the school’s MBA program that led you to choose this particular business school? I had also considered pursuing a Master's degree in international studies. But after meeting successful alumni of SKK GSB, I became interested in the program. After doing some research, the rigorous curriculum schedule of separate modules and intensive weeks attracted me to the program. Ultimately, both seeing the results of an SKK GSB education from a respected colleague and reading about the curriculum led me to choose this business school. Q)What excites you most about getting your MBA at SKK GSB? I am most excited about participating in the Applied Business Projects (ABP) next year in the spring semester. I think it is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in real-world consulting projects and to find a direction for my job search. Q)Please share your first month of SKK GSB experience. My first month have been great! It’s a challenging and demanding program, but I can feel the rewards already. I will continue to work hard every day and meet the challenge of the program. Q)Why did you want to join the Student Government? I wanted to join the Student Government to become a bridge to connect international students and Korean students. I hope to be able to inspire each of us so that we can all come together to work not as individuals but as a 36-person team. I believe that creating the type of atmosphere where we care about our own goals as well as our collective goals is extremely important for an MBA since networking and cooperating are critical to our future success and ventures. Q)What would you like to accomplish as FMBA vice president? Your goals and objectives? As vice-president, my goals and objectives are to help our classmates reach their goals both in and outside the classroom. Fostering an atmosphere of comradery within our class and forging lifelong friendships and memories for all of us is my end goal. Q)Can you share your plans for the year? Given the challenges under the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to hold small meetings as frequently as possible. As we all have designated teams for the semester from SKK GSB, we have been able to become close to team members. I think that having small meetings with people in different teams and having lunch or coffee together will also help us get to know everyone in the class. I will also closely work with the president to try and plan any events where all classmates can attend either online or offline. COVID-19 has certainly created a lot of limitations and barriers for our SKK GSB class. I believe that if we work together, we can overcome all of the problems and can find a way to succeed! Q)Where can people get in touch with you? People can find me in the SKK GSB study room in the basement or on LinkedIn. Feel free to reach out! Irene So and Bomi Kim, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2022
Stina Tam, FMBA Class of 2022, is taking up her role as the newly elected president of the Full-time MBA student government. Here Stina shares her story and talks about her plans as FMBA class president. Q)Where are you from, and where did you grow up? Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, I am a Chinese Canadian! Montreal is the French part of Canada. So, I do also speak French! Q)Any interesting and fun facts you want to share with us? I like hiking! I don’t consider myself a very sporty person, but upon arriving in Korea and discovering that the land is filled with 80% of mountains, I came to like hiking! I can now say that hiking became one of my favorite hobbies. Q)What was your major in your undergraduate college? Did you always want to go to business school? My undergraduate major was marketing, with a minor in sociology. To be honest, I had no concrete plan to go to business school. But studying the field of business has always been in the back of my mind since a very young age, thanks to my parents, who own a restaurant. Q)Why did you choose to pursue an MBA degree in Korea? Back in 2016, I came to Korea as an exchange student and found myself falling in love with the country! Therefore, I wanted to further my career goals in Korea by pursuing my MBA degree here. I am glad that I can combine my interest in business with my interest in Korea. Q)What drew you to SKK GSB? What was the key part of the school’s MBA program that led you to choose this particular business school? I researched many of the business schools in Korea. Upon learning about each school’s program courses and academic networks, SKK GSB became my top choice. It became more certain after I interviewed with SKK’s dean, as I received the feeling that the staff do value students and want to nurture them into great talents. Q)What excites you most about getting your MBA at SKK GSB? The opportunity to meet an extensive network of people from across the globe and from different fields and industries! Q)Please share your first month of SKK GSB experience. My first month at SKK GSB flew by like the speed of lightning because everything happened just so quickly. But I was able to settle in Seoul well, and I got to meet amazing classmates during the orientation. So far, it has been a smooth transition. Besides, thanks to the opportunity of learning Korean before the program, my everyday life in Korea is very nice. I am able to do things on my own without any difficulties and even adapted to the “quick (bbali-bbali)” culture. Q)Why did you want to join the Student Government? From the very moment when the president from the Class of 2021 came to talk to us during the orientation about his role, I knew I wanted to bring positive contributions to the Class of 2022 as the next president. Despite the current pandemic and the many changes required to adapt to the “new normal,” I wanted to join the student government in order to ensure that each student gets the best opportunity to network, feel included, and have the best possible experience during the program. Q)What would you like to accomplish as FMBA president? Your goals and objectives? One of my goals as a class president is to make sure that everyone in the Class of 2022 feels represented and can reach me if they need help. Secondly, I hope to create opportunities for the FMBA cohort to socialize and expand their networks, not just within the university but also outside. Q)Can you share your plans for the year? I have plans to hold small gatherings to mix up the groups of people so that they can truly get to know each other. One example is to have cultural exchanges for international students to learn more about the Korean culture and for our fellow Korean counterparts to experience diversity in the classroom. Given the challenges under the COVID-19 pandemic, I also plan on Online Mini Job Fair or a Zoom Movie Night, where all students can join online and still have a great time together. Q)Where can people get in touch with you? Always welcome to message me on my LinkedIn! I enjoy meeting new people and learning about them! Irene So and Bomi Kim, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2022
Iseul, Choi, PMBA/ Group SEB Korea Ms. Iseul Choi works in the marketing department of Group SEB Korea, which markets household goods under the Tefal brand and WMF premium kitchenware. She is currently completing her last semester at SKK GSB’s Professional MBA. For 2 years, Iseul has been taking MBA classes in the evenings after work, but she doesn't think it is tiring. As she notes, "I was able to apply the management knowledge and skills I learned at school to my current job right away," adding, "Thanks to this, I have increased my work performance and confidence." Iseul lists courses taught 100% in English as the most important reason for choosing SKK GSB. "Working at a multinational company, we are conducting most meetings, data preparation, and strategy presentations in English," she says. "Being able to conduct MBA studies in English will not only be good for use at our current jobs but also help us manage our future careers." The possibility to follow the dual degree track and obtain a second degree from Indiana University Kelley School of Business also feature prominently in her choice to attend SKK GSB, as does the opportunity to expand her professional networks. As she notes, "SKK GSB has a high percentage of students who work for multinational companies, and I expected that interacting with them and studying with them will help networking a lot." Iseul highlights the fact that at SKK GSB she was able to gain new perspectives by interacting with people from various backgrounds. "We can talk about industry cases with coworkers at work, but with SKK GSB colleagues, we were able to learn from following three steps: learning, applying, and expanding actual cases." As for which class she was most impressed by at SKK GSB’s Professional MBA, Iseul chooses Marketing Planning: "We were able to have a broad view of the business as a whole by analyzing data with team members and mapping out strategies accordingly to check consumer responses, market share, and KPIs across the company. I am a marketing manager within the company, but I have a habit of being interested in and trying to understand the company's overall strategy, profit and loss, and operating reports." Iseul emphasizes passion as very important for prospective applicants who are thinking about entering an MBA. As advice to students that are just starting their MBA journey she advises, "The results of the MBA course depend on how deeply you think about your career, how focused you are in class, and how you interact with various friends." Original Full article in Korean: https://www.mk.co.kr/news/special-edition/view/2020/09/980243/