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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Exploring MBA Careers in Hong Kong and Singapore

October 28, 2017. Hong Kong & Singapore - The CEIBS MBA Class of 2019 in collaboration with the MBA Career Development Centre hosted two career treks this week, giving students the opportunity to go behind the scenes and explore career opportunities at some of the hottest companies in Asia, including JP Morgan, Golden Sachs, Morgan Stanley, GSK, Merck, DHL Consulting and Henkel.  Read on for the highlights and takeaways from MBA 2019’s Tian Tian and Ian Lei; Tian visited Hong Kong and Ian travelled to Singapore.


Hong Kong

Taking on the Trek

When I first heard the word ‘trek’ used to describe the annual career-related trip to Hong Kong, a lengthy walking journey sprang to mind. Our four-day experience was nothing short of a mini-Odyssey, as we bounced from subway stations to the head offices of financial service industry giants.   


Career Match-Making

Visiting the likes of JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BoA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Macquarie, World Bank IFC and GF Fund helped strengthen the groups’ understanding of the various requirements and career paths for functions such as Investment Banking, Private Wealth Management, Global Capital Market and Equity Research. What most surprised me was how quickly our perceptions of each company’s unique corporate cultures started to take shape. Taking a career step is a two-way choice, and at this stage of our MBA journey, it is best to put ourselves out there, face potential colleagues and recruiters and try to seek the best fit.


CEIBS Alumni in Hong Kong

Whenever there are alumni around, I feel as though I am back home at CEIBS, so it was a nice way to finish the trek by meeting up with members of the Hong Kong alumni chapter for career development tips, deeper connections and recommendations for making the most of our remaining time in Hong Kong. 

Tian Tian MBA 2019



Why Singapore?

With many other top Asia-based business schools in Singapore, where do CEIBS MBAs fit it into the job market?  What kinds of opportunities are within reach for non-Singaporean MBAs?  Those were my main questions when I decided to participate in this Trek; I joined the group looking for insights, exposure and a deeper understanding of Singapore’s differences from China.

CEIBS Alumni in Singapore

Our first evening was spent in the company of CEIBS alums, who welcomed us to the city with stories of how their own career development paths developed since they graduated from CEIBS.

So much Diversity!

Visits to Merck (science & technology), DHL Consulting (consulting), GSK (pharmaceuticals), Henkel Supply Chain (industrial products), Marina Bay Sands (integrated lifestyles) and NUS Enterprise (startup/incubation) gave us a glimpse at the diverse nature of the Singapore economy and the career paths available to MBAs.

What really struck a chord was that most of the senior executives who hosted us came from very international backgrounds. The opportunity to network and receive honest feedback enabled many of us to pinpoint our value propositions as international MBAs in the job market.

Ian Lei MBA 2019

Tian Tian and Ian Lei MBA 2019
Janine M Coughlin