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.