Tag: global mindset

Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.

—Sir Walter Scott

Happy New Year from Olin Business School! This is the perfect time for us to extend our best wishes to you for a happy and healthy 2018.

Please watch this brief video for a sneak peek into some of the many exciting things Olin has planned for the coming year.





I wasn’t sure it would be possible to spend time abroad. Exploring new international places was something I always enjoyed doing, but since I had graduated college, extensive travel was never a reality due to the nature of working full-time.

So when I started researching the Olin MBA, I was delighted to find that studying abroad was not only possible, but highly encouraged.

I write this blog post from an Amsterdam train bound for Germany. While in Germany, I will study at one of the premier institutions for Management studies called WHU. Not only will I be able to graduate from Olin on time, but I also will have exhausted all requirements prior to my last quarter of study, leaving me to enjoy my last two months in St. Louis before moving.

At Olin, you quickly realize you are the catalyst of your own fate. You can get involved in whatever way is best suited for your wants and needs. I knew I wanted to study abroad so the administration worked with me to make that a reality.

Because of the personalized experience Olin offers, I had resources at my disposal in every way. As in the real world, all you need to succeed is to have a support system—which is pretty easy when you know everyone and everyone knows you. From someone to help through the application and nomination process, to people helping set up my health insurance, I never felt like I was making a blind decision. I’m not sure this would have been as possible if it weren’t for Olin’s unique ability to make everyone feel like a name.

I’m excited for what I’ll learn during my time abroad—from cultural to classroom education. And I am eager to share these learnings with my classmates and the greater Olin community upon my return to St. Louis.

How did you spend your semester break?

Nine Olin students and I had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong in January to visit firms and participate in the second annual NAAMBA (National Association of Asian MBAs) Global Career Forum.

Day #1 – We visited: Emerson Climate Technologies, Lanson Place Hospitality Management Group, Citibank, and the American Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong.  We heard from top executives and alumni speak about opportunities in China and across the Asia-Pacific region as firms continue to expand in the area.  We learned there is a top need for mid-level managers who have a “global mindset”.

Day #2 – Visits included KPMG, Li & Fung, and Deloitte.  From learning about the KPMG “My Future, My Say” strategy for new hires to hearing the President of Li & Fung Logistics describe the incredible success of the the worldwide leader in supply chain management, the group had a great day of visits.  Once again, all firms stressed the need for students seeking opportunities in Asia to have a global mindset focus and no fear to “roll up sleeves and get involved with the entire business operation”.

Lastly, we engaged with recruiters at the Global Career Forum held at the Sheraton Hotel, Kowloon, HK where representatives from Kimberly-Clark, Eli Lilly, and Liberty Mutual – to name a few – shared opportunities in finance, marketing and IT across the entire Asia-Pacific region.  On-site interviews were conducted and our group made some great networking contacts, too.

All in all, this was a very successful trip for Olin and Washington University as we continue to engage in corporate recruiting and networking around the globe.