Yu Huang | Global MBA - Strategy & Management major | France

Previous studies:
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Spoken languages:
Chinese (Mandarin), English

Hello, 你好。

Born in China, Wuhan, I went to Singapore to continue my studies when I was 15 years old. I did my undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). After I graduated from NUS, I went to work in a local engineering company as a research and design engineer. My main job scope was designing customized products for various customers.

Knowledge has always been something I desired. Hence, I continued my learning journey with a part-time Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at NUS. While working in the morning, I went to school at night to do my research and experiments. It was not easy to multitask, but the result was rewarding. After graduating from NUS with a Ph.D., I made a life-changing decision: quit my job as an engineer and go to Paris to get an MBA at ESSEC.

My family has a small business in the education industry. A few years ago, I joined the company as a board member and a consultant. Even though I am strong in analysis and problem solving, my business hard skills such as finance and accounting are relatively weak. I decided to go to business school to learn more. Instead of a specific major, such as master in finance, the MBA was a better option for me because the knowledge learnt in an MBA is broad, across all aspects of business.

Also, the MBA gives me a chance to extend my network and have a deeper understanding of the corporation from the management level. While choosing an MBA, the Strategy & Management major of the Global MBA at ESSEC suited me the best. From recruiters to the career service team to the professors, everyone is so friendly and approachable. They are very professional and willing to share their expertise with me. For me, instead of choosing an MBA solely based on ranking, I chose the people in that school. In the end, people matter the most.

Honestly, studying at ESSEC is very demanding. My schedule is full of classes, networking events, career development workshops, soft skill and hard skill seminars. However, I love having such a packed schedule. ESSEC values my time and tries to fulfill my learning as much as possible. Also, a very diverse cohort gives everyone the opportunity to support each other. Everyone has different expertise and by sharing that, we are growing together as a group and I enjoy this process very much.

In conclusion, this year, studying in ESSEC, is and will be a memorable year for me. If you want to know more about this wonderful journey, you can ask me anytime. Choosing ESSEC will never be a regret.

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